WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis named Dunlap Police Department a recipient of the 2018 Employer Support Freedom Award Monday, signifying Dunlap Police Department as one of the top employers for National Guard and Reserve service members. 

Dunlap Police Department along with 14 other recipients of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award joins 250 past recipients of the award.

The freedom award was established in 1996 to draw attention to the support provided by patriotic employers who go above and beyond in support of their Reserve Component employees. 

When Dunlap Police Department’s nominator Robert Raber activated to support the Virgin Islands hurricane relief efforts, his home caught fire. The department responded immediately to support the family. After placing the family into temporary housing the department spearheaded fundraising efforts to get them back on their feet. One of the on-duty officers was dispatched to pick up Raber in Atlanta, sparing his wife a six-hour round-trip drive. The Dunlap Police Department also sends care packages monthly.

Dunlap Police Department, located in Tennessee, was selected for this prestigious award from nearly 2,000 employers who were nominated by more than 2,350 Guard and Reserve service member employees.