Corporal Jared Luciano, Patrolman Roderick Holloway and Patrolman Aaron Miller
Corporal Jared Luciano, Patrolman Roderick Holloway, and Patrolman Aaron Miller have been selected as the Martinsburg Police Department’s Officers of the Month for September 2019.
Jared Luciano is an MPD veteran with 13 ½ years of service, Roderick Holloway has served for three years, and Aaron Miller is one of MPD’s newer officers with two years on the job. The three MPD officers recently made a tremendous positive impact on the youth of our community, serving as the lead instructors in the first year of MPD’s new Junior Police Academy.
MPD’s Junior Police Academy is a collaboration with The Martinsburg Initiative (TMI), the ground-breaking opioid prevention program, and is supported by the federal TMI grant. The Martinsburg Initiative is an innovative partnership spearheaded by the Martinsburg Police Department, Berkeley County Schools, Shepherd University, and the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA program; providing a national model and long-term solution to the opioid crisis.
‘In regards to the Junior Police Academy, the efforts put forth by Jared, Roderick, and Aaron can only be described as outstanding! They made the Junior Police Academy informative, interactive, intense, and most of all—fun! Their positive and mentoring posture helped shape our kids—our community’s most valuable and future assets.”
Deputy Chief George Swartwood
The Junior Police Academy provides a special opportunity for young people to learn about the job of policing, work closely with expert police instructors, achieve goals, make new friends, and have fun. Under the leadership of Corporal Luciano; the three MPD instructors developed an exciting, interesting, and challenging curriculum for 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade students. The Academy featured two separate week-long training sessions attended by 42 students.
“Our Junior Police Academy is based upon three core values—Honesty, Integrity, and Respect. All the kids bought into these values and displayed them throughout the week in everything they did,” stated Corporal Jared Luciano. “Seeing how our junior police cadets stepped up to the challenge was just amazing. This was a great start and next year’s class will be even bigger and better,” Luciano added. Jared is confident that the Junior Police Academy has made a positive impact on young lives. “I was grocery shopping in Martin’s last week,” Jared said, “and the mom of one of our Junior Police Officers from the June session came up and told me that her son is still talking about how awesome the program was. That really says something.”
“Our Junior Police Academy is based upon three core values—Honesty, Integrity, and Respect. All the kids bought into these values and displayed them throughout the week in everything they did. Seeing how our junior police cadets stepped up to the challenge was just amazing.”
Corporal Jared Luciano
The curriculum included daily presentations in classroom and outdoor environments with both lectures and “hands-on” learning. Some physical training and drill formations were also used for exercise, fun, and building discipline. Training included instruction and classes on: Police perceptions and reality, a traffic stop demonstration by MPD patrol officers; drug education; bike safety; an MPD Canine Unit demonstration and interaction; basic first aid; and a Fire Department demonstration. Public safety experts also included representatives from the County Prosecutors Office, Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, and the Eastern Regional Jail. Students learned important lessons in American history and values and flag etiquette and respect. A highlight of the Academy was a field trip and tour of Antietam National Battlefield. Each session concluded with a graduation ceremony and presentation of certificates which many parents and families attended.
“MPD’s new Junior Police Academy is the greatest we’ve ever seen. Jared, Roderick, and Aaron have done a fantastic job inspiring and motivating young people to be outstanding citizens and become positive influences in our community.”
Chief Maury Richards
Patrolman Aaron Miller says that serving as a Junior Police Academy instructor was an exciting and special learning experience. “I think that I learned almost as much working with theses young people as they did from us,” states Patrolman Miller. “I realized that kids really want to like the police. There were a few who came in with a bad perception of the police because of negative experiences in their lives but that totally changed as soon as they got to know us as people.”
“…Kids really want to like the police. There were a few who came in with a bad perception of the police because of negative experiences in their lives but that totally changed as soon as they got to know us as people.”
Patrolman Aaron Miller
Patrolman Roderick Holloway says that he was excited to see the positive changes in the cadets during the week including: becoming more focused, disciplined, respectful, and team-oriented. Roderick observed that the attitudes of the junior cadets also changed the more they learned. Holloway says, “It was like seeing a light bulb go on in their heads when we would demonstrate or explain certain parts of policework and the kids would say, ‘Oh! THAT’s why the police do that!” “Kids want to belong to something special,” says Holloway. “They want structure, discipline, and a challenge—and that’s what the Junior Police Academy gives them. This is a great program and we’re going to keep it going. This was only the beginning.”
“Kids want to belong to something special. They want structure, discipline, and a challenge—and that’s what the Junior Police Academy gives them. This is a great program and we’re going to keep it going. This was only the beginning.”
Patrolman Roderick Holloway
Through their exceptional dedication, commitment, and effectiveness in representing the Martinsburg Police Department and serving our community, Corporal Jared Luciano, Patrolman Roderick Holloway, and Patrolman Aaron Miller have demonstrated a level of excellence far above normal requirements and expectations. They are awarded Officers of the Month for September 2019. Congratulations Jared, Roderick, and Aaron!
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 Aaron Miller, Patrolman Roderick Holloway and Corporal Jared Luciano