On Thursday, February 25th, the Macomb Police Department held an awards ceremony to recognize several officers for their work and to name the 2015 Officer of the Year.
Officers Jacob Rhodes, Joel Clausing and Todd Tedrow were each recognized for their service and dedication in assisting the investigative division with drug investigations throughout the year. Their assistance led to the arrest of over 100 subjects on felony drug charges in 2015. All three were given letters of commendation.
Officer Jacob Rhodes was recognized for his investigative assistance in solving a string of burglaries in February 2015. His participation in a neighborhood canvas led directly to the identification and apprehension of a suspect. Stolen property and a stolen handgun were recovered. For his efforts Officer Rhodes was given a letter of commendation.
Officer Rhodes was once again recognized for his investigative assistance in solving two home invasions that occurred in December 2015. Working with a second officer, Officer Bill Lipcamon, they were able to identify a suspect, make several arrests and recover two firearms. For his efforts Officer Rhodes was given a letter of commendation. Additionally Officer Bill Lipcamon will be presented with a letter of commendation as well however he was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to military obligations.
Four officers were recognized with certificates from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists of AAIM. Each year AAIM conducts a survey of all of the departments in Illinois to recognize the officers in each department who uphold AAIM’s mission to get and keep intoxicated motorists off the street. Those officers that were recognized were Officer Derek Wiley, Officer Matt Marass, Officer Nick Goc and Officer Jacob Rhodes.
To cap off the awards ceremony, the 2015 Officer of the Year was named. To receive the Police Officer of the Year award, an officer should be an outstanding police officer who has had an excellent work record over the past year. He/she should be the type of officer who is admired by other officers and his/her dedication to the Department and its goals should be obvious to all. He/she should present the best possible image to the public. The officer is devoted to duty beyond the requirements of the job which included enforcement, community activities and enhancing the image of the Department. The officer has positive supervisory performance evaluations for the year under consideration. The officer produces quality work and demonstrates above average initiative in the performance of his/her duties.
The Officer of the Year for 2015 is Officer Matt Marass. Officer Matt Marass came to the Macomb Police Department in 2013 and has since done nothing more than impress his fellow officers and supervisors. Since becoming an Officer for the Macomb Police Department, Officer Marass has become a Field Training Officer, a member of the Strategic Response Team and a member of the Honor Guard Team. Officer Marass’ fellow officers describe him as professional, eager, dedicated, motivated, caring, humble and as showing compassion for fellow officers and the public alike. His professional demeanor and his unselfish dedication to law enforcement and the department have been noted by supervisors and peers alike.
Outside of official duties, Officer Marass has taken charge of the Police Explorer Program, developing an Explorer Handbook, establishing a uniform standard and rank structure, overhauling the Explorers curriculum, creating an Explorer Facebook page and coordinating several fundraising and community outreach programs. Officer Marass also serves as Secretary for the Macomb FOP Lodge 189 improving on the Lodge’s image and programs. Officer Marass created a website for the Lodge and has been instrumental in establishing an FOP scholarship. For those reasons Officer Marass was named Officer of the Year for 2015.