WASHINGTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - President Barack Obama spoke at a special award ceremony saluting some of Americas top cops in the country, including a former commissioner in Buffalo.
The 20th Annual Top Cops Awards were held at the White House which included the award ceremony and dinner.
Obama began his speech by saying the ceremony was, "one of my favorite events all year."
He then thanked Gil Kerlikowske, who is now the head of the office of National Drug Control Policy. He was a former police officer, police chief in Seattle, police commissioner in Buffalo and police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The president described Kerlikowske saying, "He is doing outstanding work every day, helping to make sure that our young people are safe and not exposed to some of the worst drugs out there. And so we very much want to give him a big round of applause. Thank you, Gil."
Kerlikowske served in Buffalo for about a year and a half.
Several other officers and officials were also thanked by Obama including those who came together in Boston after the attack.
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