An Ocean Pines police officer receives special recognition after going above the call of duty.
American Legion, Synepuxent Post #166, has honored Pfc. David Richardson as its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
The award, which especially takes into account heroic acts, is presented annually and celebrates officers who exceed their duty requirements and demonstrate a distinct pattern of community engagement.
Pfc. Richardson is also the recipient of a Silver Star Award for 2017.
The award stems from his handling of a domestic complaint. According to the incident report, a suspect was identified as having assaulted several individuals with a knife. The suspect, who had barricaded himself inside a residence, was seen by Pfc. Richardson holding a knife and refusing to cooperate with police.
Units of the Maryland State Police and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist at the scene. While Ocean Pines Police Chief Dave Massey was engaged in verbal conversation with the suspect, Pfc. Richardson and other units made forcible entry into the home.
Pfc. Richardson tackled the armed suspect and was able to take the knife away. The suspect was then taken into custody, uninjured, and charged with First Degree Assault. For risking his life, and not resorting to deadly force, Pfc. Richardson was awarded the department’s highest honor.
“Pfc. Richardson is a wonderful example of the courageous police officers in our department,” said Chief Dave Massey. “He never complains and is not afraid to step up when the situation demands it. It is officers like Pfc. Richardson who contribute to making Ocean Pines the safest community, for its size, in the State of Maryland.”
Ocean Pines has a state certified, full service police agency that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department protects life and property, preserves the peace and enforces all state and county laws, including traffic laws, in a fair and impartial manner. All sworn officers attend 23 weeks of intensive police training at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in Salisbury, Md. Upon graduation, all officers are certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission.