Montgomery County Police Officer Jeremy Wojdan, who works in the department’s Fifth District in Germantown, was honored recently as the American Legion of Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
This award is presented to a law enforcement officer who has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service, both on and off duty, which goes above and beyond assigned duty requirements. He was nominated for this award by District 5 Commander Captain David Gillespie.
Wojdan, 36, is a 12-year veteran of the department. He has served half of his career as a School Resource Officer, working in Northwest High School to support local schools in the Germantown area. In his position as an SRO, Wojdan mentors students, provides encouragement, keeps the school safe and works with youth to help them make positive choices in tough times and limit risky behaviors.
In the Fall of last year, Wojdan helped close an attempted murder case, as well as end a crime trend that resulted in approximately 60 burglary cases being closed. He also worked to close 80 theft from vehicle cases and helped recover approximately 12 stolen autos. He has made several significant drug arrests and in one case, he arrested a juvenile and his supplier with over three-and-a-half pounds of marijuana.
“Jeremy is an exemplary police officer,” said Captain Gillespie, “who dedicates himself to keeping the community and schools safe. He is equally invested in serving the youth in our community and making a difference in their lives. Jeremy has earned the trust of students, school administrators and the community alike. I could not be more proud of the work that Jeremy does on a regular basis. I also want to thank Bill Green and the members of the Damascus American legion Post 171 for recognizing Jeremy for his outstanding service.”
This is not the first time Wojdan has been recognized for his service to the community, in 2010 he was awarded the National Hero Award for Patriotism by the Amway Corp.