Each year, the Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County, the Department of Aging and Human Services, and Triad/SALT, an organization devoted to protecting senior citizens and retired residents, host Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, in tribute to officers who gave their lives in the line of duty in the previous year and to honor local officers who display a high level of dedication and excellence. Patrolman First Class Marc Villaruel was honored as 2011 Officer of the Year for Patuxent River Police Department at a ceremony held May 15 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. The following remarks by Col. John Romer, NAS Patuxent River Chief of Police, highlight why Villaruel was selected.
Patrolman First Class Marc Villaruel has been a dependable and dedicated member of the Patuxent River Police Department since December 2008. He always conducts himself in a professional, caring manner when providing for the community, no matter what the cause. His decisions are clear and judgment sound, always reliable and in the mindset that his performance is vitally important for the safety and support of the community. With his straightforward and professional personality he has been able to break down the communication barrier often encountered between Law Enforcement and the public. His attitude has earned the respect of the community as well as his supervisors and subordinates.
He has completely embraced the concept of community policing, as he has conducted over 300 foot patrols of the three residential housing communities and various businesses on the installation. Last year he conducted 87 traffic stops, issuing 42 Federal citations, 28 Warning citations and 27 Safety Equipment Repair Orders to include 26 criminal arrests.
As a Field Training Officer, using his motivational skills, training, experience and knowledge, he successfully trained three new officers this past year. His unequaled dedication, tireless initiative and expertise are key factors in providing Law Enforcement and Force Protection for a workforce of approximately 26,000 personnel on a daily basis.
His sustained performance, impeccable uniform appearance, unquestioned integrity and loyalty to the agency and the Patuxent River community are some of the many reasons why Patrolman First Class Marc J. Villaruel has been chosen as Patuxent River's 2011 Officer of the Year.