MIDDLETOWN OFFICER HONORED BY MARINE CORP LEAGUE
May 20, 2009
City of Middletown Police Officer Fred Slanovec was one of six area police officers honored by the Middletown Detachment 236 of the Marine Corp League on Tuesday night at a ceremony at the American Legion. Slanovec was chosen as the City of Middletown Police Officer of the Year. The awards are given annually by the Marine Corp League to commemorate National Police Week.
In 2008 Slanovec was chosen for his overall contributions to the residents of the City of Middletown and his focus on quality of life enforcement. In 2008 Slanovec arrested 245 separate individuals including 70 for drug related offenses. In addition, he helped save three civilian lives in the October, 2008 Spring Street fire, and was a key component of the Crime Suppression Team.
“Officer Slanovec is an extremely diligent officer and I am proud to announce him as the 2008 Officer of the Year, said Middletown Police Chief Matthew Byrne. “His work ethic and focus on public safety have helped improve the quality of life for the Middletown community. The “broken windows” aspect of community policing includes a component of zero tolerance enforcement. Officer Slanovec is focused on crime reduction and safety. He is an example of the proactive work Middletown uniformed patrol officers do every day “
Officers from the State Police, Town of Wallkill and Sheriffs Office were also honored.
The City of Middletown Police Department, which is the second largest police department in Orange County, started serving the residents of Middletown in 1888.