The Precinct 6 Officer of the Month for January 2017 is Officer J. Koscielski #5835.
Officer Koscielski is a diligent and extremely proactive patrol officer. His level of enforcement during the month of January demonstrates that he is an officer committed to his duty of service to the community. He made a total of 13 arrests for both felony and misdemeanor crimes, and one for an open warrant. He also cleared an astounding 21 of his cases during the month. His enforcement and case clearance levels far exceed the average on his shift, and among officers county-wide.
During the month of January Officer Koscielski wrote 123 pieces of enforcement for traffic law violations, including 2 arrests and 9 serious traffic case clearances. He possesses the keen ability to recognize suspicious behavior and look further into his traffic stops to halt criminal behavior. One example of this is a traffic stop he made for a vehicle with a license plate that he recognized was fraudulent. During the initial encounter with the driver he developed probable cause to search the vehicle for controlled dangerous substances and discovered a second license plate which was reported stolen from Montgomery County. The suspect was arrested and charged with appropriate criminal and traffic violations.
Officer Koscielski is a conscientious officer, aware of problem areas on his post, who seriously addresses the concerns of the community for whom he works. One such area is a convenience store that the community has complained is grounds for drug activity. Officer Koscielski was proactively patrolling this area when he observed a suspicious vehicle immediately leave the lot upon his approach. Officer Koscielski also observed a tag violation as the vehicle was leaving and made a legal traffic stop. Upon approach he detected illegal narcotics, leading to a search of the vehicle which resulted in the arrest of the driver and confiscation of enough illegal narcotics and paraphernalia to charge him with the distribution of controlled dangerous substances.
It is this great police work and dedication to the community that makes Officer Koscielski an example for other officers and the Baltimore County Police Department proud to call him one of our own. Congratulations!