CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford VFW Post 335 has selected Captain Guy Patterson of the Cranford Police Department its VFW Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Patterson, a member of the department since 1999, has a resume that demonstrates a career of dedication and accomplishments that merits the respect of his department and the community.

In 2003 he was appointed a field training officer and was responsible for training recent graduates of the police academy.  In 2004, Captain Patterson was assigned to the departments Special Response Team as well as the Water Rescue Team. 

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Patterson’s next appointment was to the Traffic Division in 2005, where later that year he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned as a shift-supervisor in patrol.  His duties increased at this time with an assignment as the Commanding Officer in Charge of the Water Rescue Team. 

Patterson is certified as both a water rescue technician and swift water technician.  His education and skills came in to play during Hurricane Irene in 2011, Patterson directed the Water Rescue Team in over 200 successful rescues from the flooded areas within Cranford. 

His supervisory skills provided the opportunity to teach Supervision and Leadership at the John H Stamler Police Academy to newly appointed supervisors in the State of New Jersey

In June 2014 Patterson earned the rank of lieutenant and later that year was promoted to captain, the position he currently holds within the department.

It is based on his core values that Captain Patterson brings to Cranford and Community Policing. Many of these Values are key values that the Veteran of Foreign Wars were founded.

"It is always great to recognize a member of our community who truly believes in what they do in making Cranford a great place to live" said VFW Post 335 Commander Jay Boxwell.

“The VFW is a great community organization made up of men, women and their families who have selflessly served our country during times of war.  It's an honor to be chosen as the member of the Cranford Police Department to be recognized as their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year,” said Patterson on his selection.

Patterson will be recognized at a public ceremony, April 10 at 7:30 PM at Cranford VFW Post 335, 479 South Ave East.