Officer of the Month

August 2018

Corporal Andrew Garcia

Corporal Andrew Garcia has been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officer of the Month for August 2018.  An MPD veteran with 10 ½ years of service, Andrew has served in the rank of Corporal for the past six years. 

During the month of July, Corporal Garcia set a high level of well-rounded enforcement activity starting with traffic safety enforcement, issuing 23 citations and 83 warnings.  Andrew effectively connected his traffic activity with drug interdiction—making two arrests for Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substances and three arrests for Possession of Controlled Substances.  As a result of other drug enforcement missions, he also issued three criminal citation for illegal drug possession.      

Corporal Garcia’s Shift Commander, Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser, recommended Andrew for the prestigious award and says that Andrew’s proactive attitude really stands out.         

“Corporal Garcia is positive, upbeat, and did an outstanding job with traffic and drug enforcement.  Andrew takes the initiative in gathering intelligence about local drug dealers and never hesitates to share this information with his fellow officers to make arrests drug dealers increase officer safety.  He’s great dealing with the public and always goes the extra mile to put kids on the right path.”

                                                                         Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser

Garcia’s July accomplishments were recognized by MPD’s Chief and Deputy Chief.  “Andrew is a team player and an important asset to our Department,” stated Chief Maury Richards.  Deputy Chief George Swartwood observed that, “Corporal Garcia takes a proactive approach and achieves positive results.  Andrew’s drug enforcement arrests send a clear message that we have zero tolerance for drug dealers in Martinsburg.”    

Upon receiving this month’s award, Corporal Garcia recognized his fellow officers.

“This is an honor but it’s not about me—our Shift has a great group of officers.  We’re cohesive, work well together, and always watch out for each other.  It’s a team.  I love this job and what I’m doing.  It’s about having a positive impact on your community and making it a better place.  MPD is moving in the right direction.  I like what we’re doing.”

                                                                                  Corporal Andrew Garcia

Through his skill, dedication, and effectiveness in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community, Corporal Andrew Garcia has demonstrated a level of excellence far above normal requirements and expectations.  He is awarded Officer of the Month for August 2018.  Congratulations Andrew!    

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.


Corporal Andrew Garcia