Optimist Club honors officers
Detective Justin Serio, member of the Dundalk Police Precinct 12 Investigative Services Team, snagged the winning title for the Dundalk Optimist Club’s Officer of the Year award.
“I think it’s great that the Optimist Club does this; it’s not something that they
have to do,” Serio said.
“I think it’s great that they show the community that they are supportive,” he added.
Serio was a patrol officer at the Dundalk Precinct for nine years before being promoted to detective in 2014.
According to Sgt. Kimberly DeFelice #4162, officers earn a position in the Investigative Services Team by demonstrating exceptional
performance and ability to handle complex crimes that patrol officers generally are not experienced enough to handle.
Detectives must complete a rigorous process to determine their ability to meet the demands of the unit, she added.
“The process, in and of itself, can be so daunting that most officers choose not to expose themselves to such an involved critique of their abilities,” DeFelice said. Serio took the chance. Going above the call of duty, standing out in performance and nurturing the community of Dundalk is what made Serio stand out and win Officer of the Year, according to DeFelice.
The national average clearance for the types of crimes Detective Serio investigates is 33 percent.
Detective Serio’s personal clearance rate for the same type of crimes is 59 percent.
“His clearance rate is directly related to his passion for the job and expertise as an investigator,” DeFelice said.
In 2017, Serio made 18 arrest, had 21 case clearances, executed 3 warrants and seized 2 firearms.
According to DeFelice, Serio shows compassion towards his victims despite their criminal backgrounds and strives to solve each case.
“This is evidence by the fact that he ranked second in the unit in the number of cases assigned and also the number of cases solved,” DeFelice said.
“In fact, his clearance rate is eight percent higher than the squad average. Detective Serio truly leaves no stone unturned,” she noted.
According to Serio, he loves the dynamic of Dundalk and its closeknit neighborhoods.
“The older communities work together to make some of these areas better,” Serio said.
“I like the people and the old history,” he added.
“An award like this, coming from the community is so important, especially in a time when law enforcement is looked at so negatively,” Serio said.
He added, the award shows that the community really does care about the Baltimore County Police Department and their officers.
Present at the Optimist Club Officer of the Year awards were (back row, from left) Colonel Jones, Corporal Christopher Robinson, Sergeant Kimberly DeFelice, Captain Wiedeck, Optimist Club president Bill Whitcomb, Detective Justin Serio (Officer of the...