The Bristol Police Department jointly honored two detectives for their work on a murder case involving former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
Detectives Garrie Dorman and Peter Dauphinais were awarded the "Police Officer of the Year" award.
The North Attleboro Police Department, along the Massachusetts State Police, reached out to Bristol police following the death of Odin Lloyd in June of 2013. Hernandez is a Bristol-native.
Dorman and Dauphinais took the lead on the case to identify possible accomplices, police said.
Within hours of the first call, they identified two suspects as Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace.
Prosecutors said Ortiz and Wallace drove to Massachusetts from Connecticut to help Hernandez carry out Lloyd's killing. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.
Police said over the next 22 months, Dorman and Dauphinais spent hours conducting interviews, reviewing surveillance footage and executing a number of search warrants.
The department said it was most impressed by their combined knowledge of the various Bristol residents involved in the case and the relationships between them.
Both detectives were honored on Monday during a celebration at Nuchie's Restaurant in the Forestville section of Bristol. A number of family members, city officials and fellow officers attended.
Also honored were Police Explorer of the year Matthew Faggaini and Francis Flood IV. Both were given the award for exceptional service to the explorer program, police said.
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