McMinnville Police Department is recognizing outstanding officers in the department. The Master Patrol Officer Program has its first honoree, that being patrolman Justin Shrum.
With the department for eight-and-a-half years, Shrum is the first to be nominated and awarded the distinction.
“I’m excited about it,” said Shrum. “I hope this is a position that many more officers in the department will get. I think it’s a good program to help officers who are looking to advance their careers.”
The Master Patrol Officer Program is designed to recognize the professionalism of experienced patrol officers who have met standards in the department and the law enforcement profession.
In order to be considered, officers must have seven years of full-time law enforcement service, with the last four years being consecutive with McMinnville Police Department. The officer must have good interpersonal relationship skills, show strong initiative and be reliable, per their last two evaluations.
Officers must be nominated by their shift commander. Shrum was nominated by Sgt. Bill Davis.
If the officer meets all the service requirements, he or she is interviewed by a panel and given a knowledge test. Final approval is given by Police Chief Bryan Denton.
Being named a Master Patrol Officer means Shrum will be going for training that will put him in line for a promotion to sergeant.
“This program is more about recognition than it is a promotion,” said Denton. “However, individuals receiving this distinction will be sent to a first-line supervisor school to be qualified as a shift commander. So it will lead to a promotion.”