2020 MPPOA Officer of the Year: Waseca Officer Arik Matson

Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson is the recipient of the 2020 Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) Officer of the Year award. He was shot and nearly killed in the line of duty on January 6, 2020 while responding to a report of a suspicious person. He continues rehabilitation from a Traumatic Brain Injury while inspiring officers and working to pass stronger penalties for certain crimes at the Minnesota State Capitol.


MPPOA Executive Director Brian Peters said, “Officers run towards dangerous situations every day and Arik’s demonstrating courage and bravery not only as an officer, but in his recovery. We are all Matson Strong.”