Officer Wooten honored

Leland’s Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual banquet Thursday in Stoneville where they acknowledged community leaders.

Denzel Wooten, a Greenville native, won the Officer of the Year Award at the ceremony.

“First of all I want to thank God for giving me the health and strength to perform in the act of duty,” said Wooten. “I would like to thank my little brother Brandon Wooten for watching over me each and everyday.

“I made a promise to myself everything I do going to be for you. I want to thank my family for the patience they give when I’m called to work knowing it’s a possibility I want return home at the end of my shift but with the training I’ve received from the Police academy (MLEOTA) I will return home,” he continued.

“I want to thank the board of aldermans for giving me the opportunity to serve and protect the community. I also would like to thank my instructors from the Police academy for giving me the training I need to be a great Police Officer.”

Percy Nelson, LPD chief, is proud Wooten and feels he is very deserving of this award.

“Although I’ve only worked with him for year, he does what is asked of him in a timely manner,” Nelson said. “He believes in being punctual and he is a such a people person with great morals and values.”

Marcus Davis, LPD assistant chief , said he considers Denzel to be a role model and a positive person.

“I think he is deserving of the award because he is an amazing young man who is involved in helping the people of Leland,” Davis said. “He is also a good role model to the young men of the community.”

Wooten’s sister, Bianca Wooten, said she is very proud of her brother and his achievements.

“Growing up my brother always wanted to become a policeman,” she said. “Despite the differences we faced, I always motivated him and made sure he followed his dream. Now that he’s become a policeman, I’m very proud of the man that he’s becoming in life today. There’s no other love like the love for a brother, and there’s no other love like the love from a brother.

“I love my brother so much and when we lost our little brother back in 2016, I thought we all would crash, but we all looked up to God and everything that we do now is for our little brother Brandon JuWan Wooten,” she continued. “My brother inspires us all, as well as his children, to make sure we strive at what we love and want to do.”

Wooten also received Officer of the Month several times at Hollandale Police department, where he previously worked, and Most Improved Officer Of the year in 2016. He is now a shift commander at Leland Police department.