UPD Officer recognized with 2022 Award of Excellence


An Urbana Police Officer was recently recognized at the Ohio Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization’s luncheon Thursday.

Sam Harris, along with 31 other officers from across the state, was presented the 2022 Award of Excellence for his efforts towards enforcing OVI violations for the City of Urbana.

Harris, who is a five-year veteran of the UPD, has made 37 arrests for OVI offenses accounting for 22% of the OVI arrests made by the entire division since 2020.

He is the UPD’s Senior-Operator-in-Charge for the care, maintenance, and calibration of UPD breath testing equipment. Harris recently completed training to certify him as a Field Training Officer to help in training UPD’s new officers.

The program was emceed by Angela An, WBNS-10 TV news anchor, and included several guest speakers and the Presentation of Colors for the Pledge of Allegiance by the Columbus Division of Police Color Guard.

Sharing in this special day with Harris were Urbana Mayor Bill Bean, UPD Chief Matt Lingrell, UPD Sgt. Jason Kizer and Harris’s parents Dan and Deb Harris.