Police Officer of the Year

Awarded by the Knights of Columbus

Since 1980 the Knights of Columbus has annually sponsored a Civic Awards Night giving recognition and honors to one Rock Island Police Officer who has performed exceptional service.

2023 Police Officer of the Year Honoree: 

Detective Brett Buchen      

Selected By His Peers 

Detective Buchen was appointed to the Rock Island Police Department on December 20th, 1999, and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Why He Was Nominated  

Detective Buchen was nominated by his peers for his hard work and dedication in successfully working seventeen homicide cases which resulted in an arrest.  As being assigned as the Lead Detective in four of these cases he successfully obtained a murder arrest and three convictions.