Patrolman First Class Jose Boursiquot
Patrolman Jose Boursiquot has been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officer of the Month for June, 2020.
Patrolman Boursiquot is a veteran police officer with 9 years’ service and has been a member of MPD for the past six years. Officer Boursiquot has proven himself to be an extremely hard working and effective officer, continually engaging in quality enforcement while building positive relationships between the police and our community.
Jose’s Shift Commander, Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser, stated, “Over the past month, Officer Boursiquot has shown exceptional determination and professionalism in all his work. He has worked each of his cases with compassion and thoroughness, seeing that each defendant was appropriately charged. He has been a true team player and an excellent representative for our Department.”
“Officer Boursiquot has shown exceptional determination and professionalism in all his work…Jose has been a true team player and an excellent representative for our Department.”
Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser
During the Month of May, Officer Boursiquot took his enforcement activity to a new level. Jose conducted numerous investigations resulting in 14 felony and 28 misdemeanor warrants. In addition, he recovered two illegal firearms, 15 grams of Fentanyl, 2 grams of crack cocaine ½ gram of methamphetamine, 18 grams of Marijuana, and seized more than $400 in suspected drug-money.
During the Month of May, Officer Boursiquot took his enforcement activity to a new level.
Patrolman Boursiquot put an array of talents on display when responding to a Domestic Disturbance call on Arbor Way. Entering the residence, Officer Boursiquot encountered a woman who was the victim of serious domestic violence and abuse but was so shaken and intimidated that she was afraid to give a statement to the police. Officer Boursiquot worked patiently with the domestic violence victim, expertly establishing communication and trust. Through his dialogue with her, Boursiquot determined that not only had the offender battered the victim, but he then detained her against her will, choked her, pointed a gun in her face, and threatened kill her and then himself. Fortunately, she was able to free herself and call police.
Officer Boursiquot worked patiently with the domestic violence victim, expertly establishing communication and trust.
Patrolman Boursiquot’s investigation resulted in his obtaining criminal warrants for Strangulation, Kidnapping, Brandishing a Deadly Weapon, Domestic Assault and Battery, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. After a skillful search, he located the firearm which the offender had hidden inside the residence. The offender was placed in custody and a check of his criminal history revealed him to be prohibited from possessing a firearm, which was an additional criminal charge. Officer Boursiquot even spent the time to transport the victim to Magistrate court to assist her in obtaining a Family Protective Order.
Jose loves being the police and demonstrates a passion for his work. “There’s a lot to the job and one of the things I really enjoy being a first responder. You never know what to expect—there’s definitely an adrenaline rush on some of these calls. When you’re constantly mobile there’s never a dull moment,” said Officer Boursiquot. The MPD Officer of the Month was quick to recognize his fellow Officers for their teamwork and assistance. “The award is much appreciated but no one ever does it all by themselves. Without a team, many accomplishments aren’t possible. On every call and case that I work on I’ve always had my fellow officers backing me up. That’s what we do,” he stated.
“Without a team, many accomplishments aren’t possible. On every call and case that I work on I’ve always had my fellow officers backing me up. That’s what we do.”
Patrolman Jose Boursiquot
Officer Boursiquot says that MPD’s “Adopt a Classroom” school visit program has been essential in changing perceptions through positive interactions between police and young people. Jose is committed to helping young people. In 2017, he obtained his teaching certificate and works as a substitute teacher in the Berkeley County Schools. He prefers teaching early grades and sees the importance of setting a good example and positive role model, particularly for young boys. “On my first day teaching with all these kids, I started to wonder, ‘Is this really for me?’ But by the end of the day, I had connected with the students and they were asking me, ‘Mr. B, are you coming back tomorrow!”
Jose says that MPD has moved forward and improved during his six years as a member. “The Department definitely has changed and our mission is creating a more progressive culture. MPD has a community policing orientation—moving forward and knocking down barriers,” stated Officer Boursiquot.
“MPD has a community policing orientation—moving forward and knocking down barriers.” Patrolman Jose Boursiquot
Jose has also earned a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from George Washington University and has been able to directly apply his learning to policing. “The main lesson I learned is how important it is to have collaboration and teamwork at all levels of government and law enforcement. You have to have a team-oriented mind set,” he said.
During recent protests in Martinsburg, Patrolman Boursiquot along with the entire Department, performed professionally in ensuring that peaceful protesters were secure in their Constitutional right to protest. However, when other protest grew disorderly, MPD quickly acted to maintain the peace. Former Chief Maury Richards said, “We had two completely different types of protests on May 31st. One that was peaceful and safe and another that was disruptive. Every MPD Officer did a great job in both situations.” Richards added that when the situation threatened to become more chaotic, “Officer Boursiquot suggested some very effective ideas for traffic control which we immediately implemented. Jose made a real difference in a tough situation.”
Chief George Swartwood recognized Officer Boursiquot for his achievement during the month. “Patrolman Boursiquot’s performance was excellent at every level. He made a very high number of arrests, conducted an extremely professional and successful investigation for a serious crime of domestic violence, recovered large quantities of drugs, and seized two illegal guns. He wrapped up the end of the month with a great performance during two long days of protests and contributed instrumental ideas for traffic control that made a big difference in maintaining order and public safety. His work ethic, professionalism, activity, and positive results can only be described as outstanding.”
“Patrolman Boursiquot’s performance was excellent at every level…His work ethic, activity, and positive results can only be described as outstanding.” Chief George Swartwood
Through his exceptional dedication, commitment, and effective work in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community, Patrolman Jose Boursiquot has demonstrated a level of excellence far above normal requirements and expectations.
He is awarded Officer of the Month for June, 2020. Congratulations Jose!
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.