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Civilian officer receives prestigious law enforcement award

By Cpl. Justin M. Boling | | September 27, 2012


Officer John Hancock, a police officer for the Tri- Command’s Provost Mar­shal’s Office, received the Law Enforcement Com­mendation Medal and a certificate of achievement, Sept. 24.

The medal was presented by The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution during a ceremo­ny held at the Provost Mar­shal’s Office aboard the Air Station. The award has only been earned twice in the last 10 years.

“This award means a lot to me,” said Hancock, a Quin­cy, Fla. native. “It keeps the motivation up and makes me want to push from giving 100 to 110 percent.”

The Provost Marshal’s Of­fice is responsible for the se­curity and law enforcement of not only the Air Station but Marine Corp Recruit Depot Parris Island and the Laurel Bay living community.

“A lot people just think that all we do is check [identifica­tion cards] and tell people to turn their music down,” said Hancock. “We work hard everyday to make the instal­lations safe and make sure everything runs smoothly.”

Hancock served as an in­fantryman and marksman­ship coach in the Marine Corps prior to becoming a police officer. Hancock has since served the Tri-Com­mand installations and their residents for nearly three years.

“I nominated Officer Han­cock for this award because of his community policing,” said Officer Morrell Carter, a fellow officer with the Pro­vost Marshal’s office. “He is exceptional.

“Many call him the unof­ficial mayor of Laurel Bay, his ability to deal with people and relate to them is out­standing,” continued Carter. “He is a strong believer in protecting and serving the community, and it has gotten to the point where residents will ask for him by name.”

On June 27, the Provost Marshal’s Office received a report on a missing child. Officer Hancock responded and found the child in less then 5 minutes after the re­port was filed.

“I know the area of Lau­rel Bay really well, when I got there on the scene and I heard the age of the child I knew there was park near the home, so I headed there and found the child on the way.”

According to Carter, Han­cock’s service to the commu­nity does not end when he takes his uniform off.

“Officer Hancock was one of the first to respond to a residential fire while off duty,” Carter said. “He man­aged to ensure that all of the residents vacated the prem­ises safely before emergency responders arrived.”

Now with a new award upon his chest Hancock can continue to serve the com­munity and the service mem­bers of the Tri-Command.

“I have always loved work­ing with people,” said Han­cock. “Working for people with great people just makes the day go by.”