Evanston Deputy Police Chief Jay Parrott was honored as Police Officer of the Year Thursday by the Shomrim Society of Illinois at their 56th annual awards event.
The Shomrim Society of Illinois was founded in 1959 as a fraternal organization of Jewish law enforcement officers from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs that promotes religious spirit as well as fraternal relations, friendship and cooperation among its members.
Parrott was recognized for his distinguished career in law enforcement that began in high school, when he was named the Chicago Police Department Explorer of the Year, and continued as he received awards and accommodations as he rose through the ranks during his career with the Evanston Police Department.
Parrott has served in the department’s patrol division, problem solving team and media affairs and is currently deputy chief of the Investigations Division.
Parrott is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy as well as Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He has been a member of the Shomrim Society of Illinois since 1990 and has served as a trustee, officer and committee chairman.