When Columbus police corporal Vincent Sampson works long hours to solve a case, he’s not looking for an award, he said.
“You’re just trying to bring closure a family,” he said.
Sampson was named the Columbus police department’s 2012 Officer of the Year during a Tuesday afternoon ceremony.
He was particularly honored for his work as lead investigator in the December 2011 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on Whittlesey Boulevard. The bank robbery occurred at 9:30 a.m. and after working all night on another shooting, his squad began work on the new case, Police Chief Ricky Boren said.
Sampson continued working after others had gone home in the evening and helped the FBI identify and arrest a suspect. He worked late into the night again to get a confession and recover the money and gun used in the robbery. Sampson said he valued his squad’s dedication during the case.
“It is important that you work as a team. This award isn’t for me, it’s for the entire squad,” he said.