MARTINSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

Officer of the Month

June 2018

Patrolman Brian Jarvis

Patrolman Brian Jarvis has been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officer of the Month for June 2018.
 
Patrolman Brian Jarvis has been a member of the Martinsburg Police Department for over 2 years and is currently assigned as a patrol officer.  Officer Jarvis has established a reputation as a dependable, well-rounded, and hardworking police officer.  Brian’s consistent hard work is demonstrated by his productivity in just the past two months.  While conducting traffic safety and enforcement patrol Brian issued 115 citations and 41 warnings and in conducting criminal investigations, he issued 16 criminal citations, obtained 12 arrest warrants, and physically arrested 13 criminal offenders.  
 
 “I love my job.  Being a police office is such a great job because you can make it as good as you want to. I look forward to coming to work every day.”                
 
                                                           Patrolman Brian Jarvis

In recognizing MPD’s June Officer of the Month, Chief Maury Richards praised Officer Jarvis for his exceptional qualities and effective police work.  “Brian Jarvis is the type of type of officer that you love to have on your police department.  He’s a very hard worker and great team member who is smart, has a good sense of humor, and knows how to talk to people.  Brian is always trying to make himself better,” stated Richards.


"Brian Jarvis is the type of officer that you love to have on your police department.  He’s a very hard worker and great team member…Brian is always trying to make himself better.”
 
                                                        Chief Maury Richards
This past April, Officer Jarvis employed his full array of talent and initiative in making one of the largest drug seizures seen by MPD in a long time while responding to a call from out-of-state bail bondsmen who were attempting to locate a criminal fugitive at a local apartment complex.   Patrolman Brian Jarvis responded and observed a large white substance in the form of a brick on top of the kitchen oven.  Officer Jarvis was immediately backed up by Corporal Eric Neely and Patrolman Marc Loretta who secured the scene while Brian returned to the station to obtain a search warrant with the assistance of Patrolman Ryan Fritz.  After obtaining the warrant, the search was conducted during which Officer Jarvis recovered 735 grams of powder cocaine and 23 grams of crack cocaine worth a total estimated street value of $151,600.  An arrest warrant was obtained for the apartment’s tenant who was later placed in police custody and appropriately charged. 
 
Jarvis and his fellow officers discovered that the apartment was being used for the manufacture and distribution of crack cocaine, recovering a digital scale, drug-manufacturing equipment and material, and almost $500 in suspect drug money.  This information was shared with Chief Richards who invoked the Martinsburg Drug House Ordinance to shut down the apartment as a drug selling and manufacturing location.
 
  “Brian is an officer who is professional, confident, caring, and an important asset to our Department.”
           
                               Deputy Chief George Swartwood
Describing the huge drug seizure as “very significant,” Deputy Chief George Swartwood praised Brian and his fellow officers for their quick response and action.  “Brian’s quick response and teamwork with his fellow officers was truly outstanding.  Brian is an officer who is professional, confident, caring, and an important asset to our Department,” stated Swartwood. 
   
Patrolman Brian Jarvis’s enthusiasm, professionalism, and skill recently earned him assignment as a new member of MPD’s Special Response Team (SRT), our special unit that responds to hostage/barricade incidents, high-risk building entries, and other critical incidents.  SRT Commander, Sergeant Frank Polinik recommended Jarvis for the assignment without hesitation.  “Professionalism, dedication, and teamwork are vital to the Special Response Team.  Brian’s strong work ethic and exceptional ability to work well with others made him a strong candidate for the SRT.  Officer Jarvis’s background as a Marine Corps Infantry Scout and high level of physical fitness are great assets to our team,” stated Sergeant Polinik.
 
  “Professionalism, dedication, and teamwork are vital to the Special Response Team.  Brian’s strong work ethic
and exceptional ability to work well with others made him a strong candidate for the SRT.” 
   
            Special Response Team Commander, Sergeant Frank Polinik
Officer Jarvis likes his work, his fellow officers, and his Department.  Jarvis says, “I love my job.  Being a police officer is such a great job, because you can make it as good as you want to.  I look forward to coming to work every day.  My fellow officers are really motivated.  It just feels good to be around people who want to work hard and get things done.  Our Department is special—there’s nothing like being recognized for your work.” 
 
Through his exceptional skill, dedication, exemplary performance, and effectiveness in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community; Patrolman Brian Jarvis is awarded Officer of the Month for June 2018.  Congratulations Brian!   

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.

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Patrolman Brian Jarvis