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Martinsburg VAMC police officer recognized

March 6, 2017

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Police Lt. Shelly Hughes of the Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) Police Service was recognized by the American Legion, Department of West Virginia as police officer of the year during their midwinter convention Feb. 3.

Hughes nomination was submitted by the American Legion Berkeley Post 14, Martinsburg, West Virginia, with support of her police chief for her outstanding service to the community through carrying out the duties of a police officer.

“Lt. Hughes’ contribution to the police department goes beyond the shift she supervises,” said Robyn Hardy, chief of police service. “She develops and implements programs that inform and educate our staff and the community.”

In 2002, Hughes graduated No. 1 in her class from the Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has been with the Martinsburg VAMC Police Service for more than 14 years where she proudly serves America’s Veterans.

Hughes volunteers her time participating every year in the “shop with a cop” program in Berkeley County and at the McGruff child safety program at the Little Eagle Day Care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Police Service was established in 1867 at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer soldiers, and has maintained order, peace, safety and security for Veterans, staff, volunteers and visitors at VA facilities around the country.