2020 Officer of the Year

Officer Anthony Appleton

Support Services Division General Crimes Unit

Detective Anthony Appleton has been employed by the Ozark Police Department since June 2000. He has served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Generalist Instructor, Traffic Incident Management Instructor, and in various leadership positions.

Detective Appleton currently serves within the Support Services Division General Crimes Unit, where he is often relied upon as the lead Detective in many complex investigations. Detective Appleton holds advanced training in Interview and Interrogation, Crime Scene Processing and Homicide Investigations.

Detective Appleton possesses a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with emphasis in Sociology from Southwest Missouri State University (Missouri State University) and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice: Sociology from Lincoln University. Detective Appleton is a graduate of the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation Command College.