Brent Erickson, a police officer at the College of Mount St. Joseph, was awarded the Merit Award for Excellent Arrest by the American Police Hall of Fame on April 24, 2014.
Erickson’s actions led to the apprehension and arrest of a criminal who was attempting to rob the PNC Bank at the corner of Ebenezer and Cleves Warsaw Roads in January 2012. Erickson had been driving a Mount police cruiser in the area when he heard the Delhi police radio call about the bank robbery. He followed the suspect’s car eastbound and pulled the driver over at Cleves Warsaw and Le Mar. A Green Township police officer arrived to assist until Delhi police arrived. A pillowcase with money was found in the suspect’s car.
Erickson, who retired from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department after 27 years of service, has been a Mount police officer since 2003.
The Merit Award for Excellent Arrest is issued to law enforcement officers who make a notable arrest of a dangerous felon, whether on or off duty.
“Brent is a valued member of our police force, and is very deserving of this award,” said Mount police chief Tim Carney. “We are extremely proud of him.”
Erickson’s award also means that he will be permanently recognized in the American Police Hall of Fame.
Erickson lives in Colerain Township with his wife and three children.
The College of Mount St. Joseph, which will become Mount St. Joseph University on July 1, is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.