SOUTH HAVEN — During a year when police departments throughout the country have been receiving backlash for their handling of arrests involving Black people, leading to a surge in the Black Lives Matter movement, the South Haven Police Department took time recently to honor several officers for going above and beyond to uphold the safety of individuals and the community.

South Haven Police Chief Natalie Thompson presented awards to five employees who, over the past year, saved lives and helped solve crimes related to a drive-by shooting, drug trafficking and a criminal sexual assault of two young girls.