Officer of the Month

April 2017

Patrolman First Class Bill Staub

Patrolman First Class Bill Staub has been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officer of the Month for April 2017.

An MPD veteran with 8 years of service, Bill has earned a solid reputation for his professionalism, leadership, skill, and positive demeanor. Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser, Officer Staub’s shift commander, describes what kind of officer Bill is:

“Bill Staub is just a great example of what a really good cop should be. He cares about people, strives for excellence, and makes a difference. Bill knows how to talk to people and people trust him. He takes a lot of pride in his investigations, steps up to meet challenges, and always goes the extra mile to get the job done.”

-Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser

During the past month, the exceptional quality of Patrolman Staub’s policing skills has been on full display.

He recently responded with other officers to a serious stabbing that had just occurred in the 500 block of South Raleigh Street. Officer Staub immediately located the victim who was bleeding from multiple stab wounds in his back and stomach. Bill expertly rendered first aid to the victim to slow the bleeding while simultaneously talking with the victim. He obtained vital information about the crime, including the identity of the offender. Officer Staub immediately shared this information with his fellow officers which resulted in quickly locating and arresting the offender, who was subsequently charged with malicious wounding.

Assigned to a report of a sexual assault, Officer Staub initiated an in-depth investigation into the incident, working tirelessly on the case from February 9th to March 2nd. Bill collected and processed relevant evidence, interviewed multiple witnesses, conferred with the County Prosecutor’s Office, and successfully cleared the case.

Immediately responding to a call at the North Queen Street 7-11 last month of a man circulating counterfeit currency, Officer Staub was able to successfully detain the offender before he fled and obtained felony warrants on the subject.

Through his exceptional skill, dedication, and effectiveness in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community, Patrolman First Class Bill Staub has demonstrated a level of excellence far above normal requirements and expectations. He is awarded Officer of the Month for April, 2017. Congratulations Bill!

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.