Officer of the Month

September 2018

Patrolman First Class Danny North

Patrolman Daniel North has been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officer of the Month for September 2018. 

An MPD veteran with 13 years of service, Danny has been temporarily detailed to MPD’s Downtown Unit for the past two months.  A well-rounded and highly motivated officer, Patrolman North serves our Department in several capacities; as a member of MPD’s Special Response Team, a Bike Patrol Unit officer, Taser Instructor, and Department Armorer.  

Lieutenant Scott Doyle, who supervises the Downtown Unit, recommended Officer North for Officer of the Month in recognition of his proactive approach, effective police work, and enthusiastic attitude.     

“With Officer Bill Parks out on an extended sick leave, we knew it was a priority to keep up our Downtown foot patrol.  Patrolman Danny North really stepped up to the plate.  Danny has done an incredible job preventing crime and disorder Downtown.  The impact is visible.  You can see the difference.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lieutenant Scott Doyle

 Officer North has aggressively addressed many disorder and loitering complaints—issuing numerous criminal citations and making appropriate arrests not only on Queen Street, but also in the Square and around the Library.  Danny responds to calls for service in the surrounding downtown area too and recently made a robbery arrest in the 200 block of West Burke Street.

“Danny really hit the ground running,” said Chief Maury Richards.  “On the very first day of his detail he solved a theft from a delivery truck with a quick investigation that resulted in a warrant and arrest.  The thief hasn’t been seen hanging around Downtown too much lately.  Our business owners are happy with that!” Deputy Chief George Swartwood observed that, “Patrolman North has taken a very positive and proactive approach to his Downtown assignment.  He has a zero-tolerance approach to crime and his effort and results can only be described as outstanding.” 

Patrolman North expressed his appreciation upon receiving this month’s award.

“It’s humbling to be honored as Officer of the Month and I deeply appreciate it.   This is a great job.  I look forward to coming to work every day.  The Downtown detail has been a challenge that has really motivated me.  When you work in a smaller area it’s easier to see day-to-day changes and tell if you’re making a difference.  I’ve met so many good people.  Our business owners, downtown residents, and just regular people who want to shop and eat here deserve a safe, clean neighborhood and the best police service we can provide—and that’s what I try to deliver to them.  MPD is a great Department and you can see the difference we’re making in Martinsburg.  We have a really good team and we’re moving in the right direction.”  


                                                                                 Patrolman Daniel North 

Through his exceptional skill, dedication, and effectiveness in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community, Patrolman Daniel North has demonstrated a level of excellence far above normal requirements and expectations.  He is awarded Officer of the Month for September 2018.  Congratulations Danny!    

Officer of the Month Award

MPD is recognizing on a monthly basis, both sworn and non-sworn Department members who distinguish themselves by exemplary work and actions beyond the requirements of normal assignments and which represent the highest standards of policing and community service in the Martinsburg Police Department.

The Officer of the Month Award will be granted to a Department member or members whose performance of duty during a specific month was characterized by such exceptional professional skill that it merits recognition by the entire Department.

Criteria to be considered includes outstanding work that: Is varied and challenging; greatly affects people from all walks of life; improves community conditions and quality of life; furthers the ideals and values of the Martinsburg Police Department; achieves significant impact on public safety or crime reduction; resolves problems; brings credit to the Department; demonstrates leadership, initiative, and exceptional professionalism; improves police service to the public; or in other ways advance the goals of MPD.


Patrolman Daniel North