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Clayton Detective Named First-Ever
Johnston County Officer of the Month

Updated July 9, 2013

The Town of Clayton is incredibly proud to announce that Detective Jason Linder has been chosen as the very first recipient of the Johnston County Law Enforcement Officer of Month Award.

Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle chose to publically honor Detective Linder as the July 2013 Johnston County Officer of the Month.  He has been helping Clayton investigate and prosecute some of the Town's most difficult cases for nearly a decade.

"Our officers do invaluable work to protect our community, however, they rarely get thanked and recognized," said Doyle, who decided to kick off this program by publically honoring Linder at the County Courthouse in Smithfield. "This award is a way for my officer to express our appreciation for the tireless and dangerous work these men and women do on a daily basis."

From armed robberies, to rapes, to drug round-ups, Detective Linder has continued to show commitment to his community and to crime victims.  In fact, he believes it's his job to speak for those victims. The East Carolina University graduate has handled several high profile cases over the last few years, most notably, serving as the lead detective in the Paul Canally case that involved a former Archer Lodge school teacher having sex with multiple students. 

"Detective Linder's excellent investigation in the case allowed us to send that defendant to prison for the rest of his natural life, ensuring that the defendant will never harm another child," said Doyle.  "He deserves special recognition for his determined efforts in obtaining justice for the innocent victims of this horrendous crime."

This is not the first time Detective Linder has been recognized for his dedication and quality of work.  In 2012, he was recognized as Clayton Police Department's Officer of the Year.  He's active both on and off duty, serving as a member of the department's Investigative Services Division, the Special Response Team (a unit of highly-specialized officers who train to respond to serious or high-risk situations) and participating yearly in the Special Olympics Torch Run events, as well as representing the Clayton Police Department in local softball and basketball fundraising events. 

Detective Linder, who holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission, began his career with the Kinston Police Department in 2000, then joined the Clayton Police Department in 2004.