Lieutenant Michael Usack and Corporal Quenton Burner
Lieutenant Mike Usack and Corporal Quenton Burner have been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officers of the Month for December 2018.
Mike Usack has 20 years of police service and Quenton Burner has 18 years on the job. Both veteran supervisors play important leadership roles in continuing to improve MPD, moving our Department forward, and striving to achieve organizational excellence.
Both men say that they are motivated by wanting to help people and the desire to make a difference. “What I like about being the police is the opportunity to make a difference,” says Lieutenant Usack. “When you look at Martinsburg, you see a lot of positive changes in many areas. Downtown, High Street, Centre Street—you can see the positive impact of what we’re doing. It’s exciting to be part of a department that is making this happen,” he said.
“You can see the positive impact of what we’re doing. It’s exciting to be part of a department that’s making this happen.”
Lieutenant Mike Usack
Corporal Burner likes where MPD is going. “I’ve always felt that this job gives you a chance to make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Burner. “Community policing, common sense, and new ideas that work like the Drug House Ordinance—our Department is growing and evolving. I’ve seen the difference.”
“This job gives you a chance to make a big difference in people’s lives… our Department is growing and evolving. I’ve seen the difference.”
Corporal Quenton Burner
Lieutenant Usack and Corporal Burner also serve in a special function as MPD’s highly trained and certified firearms instructors. They are responsible for teaching weapons operations, safety, and annual qualifications. Not only have both successfully completed national certification through the NRA Law Enforcement School for handguns, automatic rifles, and shotguns but also have additional training and expertise. Mike completed the FBI Firearms Instructor Course and Quenton has attained additional certification through the State of West Virginia. Together they have taken MPD’s firearms training to the highest level of professionalism and excellence. Mike and Quenton take what they learn from their extensive education and training schools and effectively integrate them to create best practices for the Martinsburg Police Department.
The scope of Martinsburg Police Department firearms instruction extends far beyond weapons skills and shooting proficiency. Lieutenant Usack was instrumental in writing our Department’s new use of force policy and served as the lead instructor in presenting it to the entire Department. MPD’s “Response to Resistance” policy and procedures are on the cutting edge of law enforcement training principles and equal or superior to any police department in the country. Usack and Burner are certified to use MPD’s state-of-the-art “shooting simulator” which allows officers to practice reacting to as many as 2,000 challenging use of force scenarios. The officer must use split-second decision-making ability and skills to “shoot or don’t shoot” in realistic situations in accordance with Department policy and training.
“Lieutenant Usack and Corporal Burner have built a rock-solid base of skill and professionalism…What they continue to accomplish for our firearms program has been outstanding.”
Deputy Chief George Swartwood
“Mike Usack and Quenton Burner are vital members of our MPD team,” said Chief Maury Richards. “I’ve never seen better firearms instructors. They start with basic fundamentals and just keep building on them. Mike and Quenton have taken MPD to a level of training excellence that is second to none.”
Deputy Chief George Swartwood also recognized the achievements of the training team. “Lieutenant Usack and Corporal Burner have built a rock-solid base of skill and professionalism and keep taking it to higher levels. What they continue to accomplish for our firearms program has been outstanding.”
“Mike Usack and Quenton Burner are vital members of our MPD team…They start with basic fundamentals and just keep building on them. Mike and Quenton have taken MPD to a level of training excellence that is second to none.”
Chief Maury Richards
Through their exceptional dedication, commitment, and effective work in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community, Lieutenant Mike Usack and Corporal Quenton Burner have demonstrated a level of excellence far above normal requirements and expectations. They are awarded Officers of the Month for December 2018. Congratulations Mike and Quenton!
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.
Lieutenant Michael Usack & Corporal Quenton Burner