BEN BOLT - Robstown Police Chief Johnny Brown recently presented a plaque of appreciation to former Chief Deputy Melvin Arnold for his 32 years with the Robstown police and 28 years with Jim Wells County, a total of 60 years and three months in law enforcement.

The recognition was part of the Coastal Bend Peace Officers Association quarterly meeting held in the Ben Bolt cafeteria.

Arnold's family, some from Aransas County and Austin, made the trip to celebrate his accomplishments. Arnold was presented a carved wooden boot from his son at the meeting.

Arnold received 16 awards and certificates from law enforcement throughout the region and was also named the recipient of the Dean of the Dinosaurs award.