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Marietta Police Chief Katie Warden, right, speaks to Marietta Patrolman Justin McElroy, left, during a ceremony honoring McElroy as the Marietta Police Department’s 2023 Officer of the Year, Monday morning.

The Marietta Police Department honored one of its own Monday morning as it kicked off National Police Week by hosting a ceremony to name its 2023 Officer of the Year.

Police Chief Katie Warden stood in front of the memorial to fallen Washington County police officers on Putnam Street and announced that the Marietta Police Department’s 2023 Police Officer of the Year was Patrolman Justin McElroy .

National Police Week, according to its website, offers honor, remembrance and peer support, while allowing law enforcement, survivors and citizens to come together and pay tribute to those who gave their life in the exercise of their functions.

“It is a privilege to congratulate you as Office of the Year 2023,” Warden said as McElroy stood next to her.

“You have performed your law enforcement duties with honor and distinction and have earned this prestigious award. Your dedication to serving the public and protecting vulnerable people has not gone unnoticed.

Marietta Police Patrolman Justin McElroy, third back row from left, poses with his plaque for winning the Marietta Police Department’s 2023 Officer of the Year award on Monday, as his father Neil McElroy, back row from left, his mother Cheryl McElroy, second back row from left, his wife Jayla McElroy, fourth back from left, and his daughter Maezlie McElroy, front row, smile and support. (Photo by Michelle Dillon)

Warden spoke about one of McElroy’s professional accomplishments. She said her constant attention to detail helped her identify a human trafficking victim during a traffic stop, which helped keep the victim safe. She said the investigation led to a federal case in which the suspect was sentenced to 25 years in prison for child exploitation crimes.

“This type of policing deserves to be commended” said the director. “You have demonstrated your desire to go above and beyond the call of duty by being a team player, demonstrating a sincerity to learn, and putting others before yourself. You have embodied our core values ​​and made Marietta a better, safer place. I congratulate you for working hard and improving every day.

Warden then presented McElroy with a plaque and a letter she had written to him.

McElroy’s wife, Jayla McElroy, said Justin McElroy has worked as a police officer for almost nine years and this is the first time he has received an award.

“I am very happy for him” she says.

Justin McElroy said he was honored to be chosen as Officer of the Year.

“I think we have a great department full of hard-working guys and I think it’s nice to be recognized for their work and their daily work,” he said.

McElroy’s parents, Neil McElroy and Cheryl McElroy, as well as his daughter Maezlie McElroy, were also in attendance at the ceremony. Her other daughter, Kenzlie McElroy, was unable to attend because she was at school, according to Jayla McElroy.

“He is an exemplary officer and the citizens of Marietta should be happy to have an officer like him,” » Warden said after the ceremony.

She said McElroy always strives to learn and improve every day and is a team player with a wonderful attitude and is known for his excellent drug work.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving.” said the director.

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