Clayton police Detective Jason Linder is the first recipient of the Johnston County Law Enforcement Officer of the Month Award.
Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle presented the award to Linder, noting that 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,” Doyle said. “This award is a way for my office to express its appreciation for the tireless and dangerous work these men and women do on a daily basis.”
Linder, an East Carolina University graduate, has handled several high-profile cases in recent years. Most notably, he was lead detective in the case against Paul Canally, the Archer Lodge Middle School teacher charged with 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,” Doyle said. “He deserves special recognition for his determined efforts in obtaining justice for the innocent victims of this horrendous crime.”
Linder was the Clayton’s Police Department’s Officer of the Year in 2012. He is a member of the department’s Investigative Services Division and Special Response Team, a unit of highly-specialized officers who train to respond to serious or high-risk situations. Outside of work, Linder takes part in the yearly Special Olympics Torch Run, and he represents the Clayton Police Department in softball and basketball fundraisers.
Linder holds Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the N.C. Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission. He began his career with the Kinston Police Department in 2000, then joined the Clayton Police Department in 2004.