ST. LOUIS, Aug. 27, 2003 --
Police Officer First Class Timothy C. Wiley of Maryland's Howard
County Department of Police was presented The American Legion
National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award at the
organization's 85th National Convention at America's Center in St.
"Officer Wiley has an
outstanding track record both in law enforcement and community
service," said American Legion National Commander Ronald F.
Conley, who served as an air policeman in the U.S. Air Force from
1963 to 1966. "He is well-deserving of this honor, and I'm
proud to present it to him."
Officer Wiley logged 30 criminal
arrests, 350 assists to his uniformed comrades, and 85 searches
resulting in numerous seizures of illegal weapons and drugs last
year. K-9 Gasto, a German shepherd, has been his partner in crime
Off-duty, he also has been
nothing short of exemplary. A Patrol Division K-9 officer, Wiley
made 50 off-duty calls for service in 2002, according to the
Howard County Department of Police. The Marine Corps veteran and
Howard County native also delivered food to the needy, organized
on- and off-duty K-9 demonstrations, volunteered at holiday and
Halloween-safety parties for children, and read children's stories
to youngsters on a local cable-television program.
The American Legion, the
nation's largest veterans organization, honors outstanding law
enforcement officers annually, consistent with its founding
commitment to "Law and Order."