Westminster police honor Pfc. Cooper as the department's Officer of the Year

September 16, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Pfc. James Cooper Jr.'s 56 drunken-driving arrests and 190 criminal arrests during 1991 led to his selection as the Westminster Police Department's Officer of the Year.

Police Chief Sam R. Leppo presented the award to Patrolman Cooper at a ceremony Friday.

Chief Leppo, who congratulated the officer for excellent work in his two and a half years with the city police, said that Patrolman Cooper was Officer of the Month four times in 1991 and Top Enforcement Officer (TEO) in June of this year.

To win the TEO award, the officer led all others in the categories of speed, safety belt and DWI enforcement for the first six months of 1992.

Patrolman Cooper, who spent four and a half years divided between the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department, comes from a family of law enforcement officers.

His father, James Cooper Sr., has been with the Hagerstown Police Department for 21 years and his brother, Jeffrey, has been with the same agency for seven years.

Patrolman Cooper has been married to his wife, Angie, for five years, and they have a 10-month-old daughter Amanda. Both attended the ceremony at police headquarters, along with the officer's parents.

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown told Patrolman Cooper, "I support you and your companions in law enforcement, and the citizens of this community also support you."

Officer Michael Bubel was honored at the ceremony for top firearms qualifications. He attained a score of 244 out of a possible 250 and is the top shooter in the department.

Pfc. Mark Shobert was given a plaque for being the most improved shooter during in-service training this year.

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