Patrolman First Class Mike Jones
Patrolman First Class Mike Jones has been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officer of the Month for June 2019.
Patrolman Jones has been a member of the Martinsburg Police Department for over 12 years and is currently assigned as a patrol officer on Lieutenant Mike Usack’s shift. The MPD veteran has established a reputation as a dependable, well-rounded, and hardworking police officer. Jones is a steady, productive, and active officer who during the past two months has issued 33 traffic citations, 43 traffic warnings, 5 criminal citations, made 7 physical arrests, and conducted successful investigations resulting in 7 arrest warrants. During this period, Officer Jones also spent 10 hours on foot patrol in our neighborhoods, solving problems and positively engaging with community residents and business owners.
“I know this might sound a little corny, but I love my job and look forward to coming in to work every day. MPD is community-oriented. It’s important to me that being able to help people is such a big part of my job.” Patrolman Mike Jones
In recognizing MPD’s June Officer of the Month, Chief Maury Richards praised Officer Jones for his exceptional qualities and effective police work. “Mike Jones is a great police officer and a special kind of person. He’s a hard worker and strong team member who always goes the extra mile to get to the heart of a problem and gets the job done. Mike always demonstrates excellent judgement and really knows how to talk with people.”
“Mike Jones is a great police officer and a special kind of person. He’s a hard worker and strong team member who always goes the extra mile to get to the heart of a problem and get the job done.”
Chief Maury Richards
Many parents and families have come to know Patrolman Jones through his compassion and generosity. For the past two Christmas seasons, Mike has taken it upon himself to gather Christmas presents for several dozen children and their families. Officer Jones has taken the initiative to both obtain donations from area businesses and also pay for gifts out of his own pocket. While on patrol, when Officer Jones has encountered a family-in-need during a call-for-service, observing them on the street, or coming across them during a vehicle stop; he has introduced himself and presented them with an appropriate gift.
Officer Jones says the thing that motivates his Christmas gift program is his desire to “give something back” to the community. “There are so many decent people out there who support the police and want a good community. Around Christmas time I really enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces—especially the kids,” Jones stated. Mike’s generosity, kindness, and selflessness exemplify the true meaning of Christmas and have made a significant and positive impact upon the lives of many Martinsburg families.
Patrolman Jones’s Lieutenant, Mike Usack, describes Jones as “a very solid and reliable Officer.” According to Usack, “Mike takes a team-oriented approach and can always be counted on for assistance. One of Officer Jones’s strong points is how he deals professionally with difficult or highly agitated subjects—he’s very effective in verbally de-escalating problems before they get out of control. Mike has the ability to remain calm under pressure and perform effectively under stress. He’s not only very effective but also sets a great example for our newer officers who are trying to learn the right way to do the job.”
“One of Officer Jones’s strong points is how he deals professionally with difficult or highly agitated subjects—he’s very effective in verbally de-escalating problems before they get out of control. Mike has the ability to remain calm under pressure and perform effectively under stress.”
Lieutenant Mike Usack
Deputy Chief George Swartwood also commended the hard work and effectiveness of MPD’s newest Officer of the Month.
“Patrolman Mike Jones is steady, reliable, and seasoned officer. He is community-minded, takes the Initiative, and gets projects completed. Mike’s a real team player and an important asset to the Martinsburg Police Department.”
Deputy Chief George Swartwood
Through his exceptional skill, dedication, exemplary performance, and effectiveness in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community; Patrolman First Class Mike Jones is awarded Officer of the Month for June 2019. Congratulations Mike!
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.
Patrolman First Class Mike Jones