Joshua Shapiro Named Southern District Police ‘Officer of the Month’

Anne Arundel County Police Southern District have named Officer Joshua Shapiro as the March Officer of the Month.

According to departmnet posting, Shapiro is consistently one of the top producers on the shift. During March, he made nine arrests related to controlled dangerous substances and a total of 15 criminal and seven traffic arrests. In addition, he wrote 46 citations and 42 warnings.

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Officer Shapiro comes to work every day with a good attitude and is enthusiastic about his job. His enthusiasm and upbeat attitude is contagious among his peers. He has quickly developed into a leader on his platoon and is respected by his peers and supervisors alike.

The following is a summary of one of Officer Shapiro’s CDS arrest: On March 21 Officer Shapiro was working Operation HOPE in plain clothes and operating a covert vehicle. At approximately 4:28 p.m., he and his partner located a Toyota Highlander parked on the first level of the Red garage. The vehicle was occupied by two males. Upon making contact with the occupants a consent to search them and the vehicle was obtained.

This resulted in the recovery of drug paraphernalia and heroin residue. One of the individuals was also found to be wanted on a warrant from Calvert County. Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to Southern District. While at the station one of the suspects cell phone began to ring. Officer Shapiro asked the suspect who the person was that was calling but he denied recognizing the name. The suspect granted Officer Shapiro permission to answer the phone.

The caller was a dealer wanting to meet up with the suspect. Not knowing that he was speaking with an officer. Officer Shapiro was able to set up a time and place to meet. Officer Shapiro then contact the District TPU supervisor who assisted him in eventually making contact with the dealer and placing him under arrest. The investigation went several hours past Officer Shapiro’s tour of duty, yet he stuck with it to closure.

This arrest also resulted in the recovery of CDS and currency from the suspect. All of the officers on Platoon 2 are top of the line, productive, and professional officers, that being said, Officer Shapiro stands out among these officers. Officer Shapiro could easily be nominated every month for this recognition.

Officer Shapiro is one of the highest quality and hardest working officers that I have had the privilege of working with in my 25 years with this agency. I am confident you will agree that Officer Shapiro’s productivity for the month is worthy of recognition by his peers and supervision. This type of dedication to duty brings great credit to Southern District. Thank you for your commitment to the citizens of Anne Arundel County. In further recognition of your actions, you are entitled to use the parking space designated “Southern District Patrol Officer of the Month” until the next Patrol Officer of the month is named.


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