Officer Taylor Brandt exemplifies the community policing model in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and the officers recognized with the Back the Blue/Patriots Awards tonight were motivated by this. The annual awards give a night of recognition and gratitude to the men and women in uniform in the Met for their dedication to protecting and serving the city’s residents.
Officer Brandt, a police officer with the Met, was nominated by Stationhouse Officer Wade Sackos for his exemplary public service on-and-off duty.
Officer Sackos wrote in his nomination letter:
Officer Brandt was my husband’s partner the day he was fatally shot in the back of the head by a gunman at the Cherry Hill Pike motel. He pulled over a vehicle for a broken taillight. After the suspect gave him his identification, he (Officer Brandt) acted appropriately as most citizens would. He realized that the man was here illegally, and the man was charged with a state offense. Officer Brandt didn’t scuffle or arrest him, and thanked him for his cooperation.
Officer Brandt is a true blessing to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and it’s a joy to have him as one of our own.
Officer Brandt graduated with honors from the Fairfax County Police Academy in 2017, and was sworn in with his fellow officers on May 10, 2017.
In addition to Sergeant Raymond Ellis and Private (now Sergeant) Shawn Jinkins, 7 other Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officers were honored with Back the Blue/Patriots Awards for outstanding work during the last year, and will be recognized tonight as awards recipients during the ceremony.
Officer Brandt was to receive the 4th Annual Patricia F. Williams Service Award for his exemplary work in the following areas: violent crime reduction, community policing, and youth programs.
Earlier today, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser released a statement on Officer Brandt’s award:
We are humbled by and inspired by the work done by our courageous and dedicated police officers. Today, Officer Brandt and the other honorees, like those throughout our community, put their lives on the line to protect and serve, and their dedication is one we share deeply. It is in no small part this sacrifice that makes our city safe for all citizens to live, work, and play in. Police work is tough work. It often puts officers in harm’s way. For those on the front lines fighting crime and terrorism, it is the greatest privilege of their lives.