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Martinsburg Police Department shines light on its most accomplished officers in 2017

Officers, their families, city council officials spent the day recognizing them

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg Police Department and City Council officials gathered Thursday afternoon to shine a light on some of the force's most accomplished officers and what they look forward to in the new year.

Dozens of officers, their families and city council officials spent the day recognizing members of the department for their outstanding achievements.

"I cannot say enough about the guys and gals that do this job everyday, the sacrifices they put in and the love of this profession that they have," said Martinsburg Police Department, Deputy Chief, George Swartwood. 

Ten different awards and certificates were presented to over 50 members of the department and community, but only three stood out from the rest to receive the Officer of the Year award.

"Corporal Justin Harper, Patrolman Marc Loretta and also Patrolman Joel Larson stood above the best in terms of not only their productivity but their commitment to the job," said Martinsburg Police Department, Chief of Police, Maury Richards. 

Even in its second year of celebration, being recognized for a job well done isn't something all have gotten used to yet.

"It's something we don't ask for, and we don't expect, however, it's always a good thing when we get to hear it," said Martinsburg Police Department, Corporal Justin Harper. 

The Martinsburg Police Department is also looking towards 2018, what challenges they'll face and what they're looking forward to.

"We're facing a serious heroin problem here. We fight it with good enforcement and support treatment, but we're also about prevention," said Chief Richards. 

As for what the department is ready looking forward to, they said it has to be the new infrastructure. 

"We're going to get a brand new police and courts building, which is going to be state of the art and the most beautiful police building in the State of West Virginia," said Chief Richards. 

The new Martinsburg Police and courts building will be ready by 2019.

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