Shreveport Police Corporal Christian Hicks talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his selection as the KEEL "Top Cop" for April.

Hicks was selected from a bevy of entries at keelnews.com and is the first winner of the monthly award. One entry that praises Hicks' willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty:

Christian has been a stand out police officer and embodies the role of a public servant. He has patrolled the Cedar Grove and Sunset Acres neighborhood for 15 years and is well known and respected by the citizens that live in that area. Even those who have had the misfortune of being arrested by Christian will tell you that he treated them with respect and fairness.

 

And another:

Corporal Hicks recently, while off duty, saw a suspicious situation at a store and went inside to check on it. It turned out that the store had just been robbed and the owner shot; Cpl. Hicks called 9-1-1 for an ambulance and stabilized the man while they waited, saving his life. During the Christmas season as he was distributing toys around the neighborhood he patrols he ran out of toys before he ran out of kids who needed them, so he went and bought 22 more toys for them so no one went without, paying for them with his own money. He is conscientious, protective of the people in his district, and truly does serve and protect the people of Shreveport.

Hicks tells KEEL listeners that real "community policing",i.e., a relationship between law enforcement and citizens is the key to lowering crime and keeping neighborhoods safe.