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JUAN TEJADA MPD Employee of the Year


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Honoring local police officers who put their life on the line every day makes this edition of Marshalltimes notable. And It celebrates the second annual TimesRepublican/Marshalltown Police Departmentʼs Employee of the Year award. Officer Juan Tejada of Marshalltown is the winner, and his story begins on page four. Fellow Officer Vern Jefferson was the first honoree in May 2013. This writer presented the award to Tejada at the Marshalltown city council meeting Monday night as


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part of National Police Week. Fittingly, Jefferson and Tejada were nominated by fellow employees — sworn and civilian personnel — and selected by a MPD committee. Chairing the committee was Lt. Ron Ohrt. Joining him were Alicia Hunter, administrative assistant, Sgt. Todd Tuttle, Rhonda Allen, records clerk, Angie Beaty, E911 communications operator, Officer Ryan Dehl and Detective Sadie Weekley. All MPD employees were asked to submit written nominations directly to Ohrt. The nominations were to include a brief synopsis detailing why an individual

was nominated. All department employees were eligible for the award and encouraged to submit a nomination. After the nomination period closed, the committee met to review all submittals. The committee then made a final recommendation to Chief of Police Mike Tupper, who reviewed the selection with the MPDʼs three division captains. “Officer Tejada represents the kind of person we want to represent the Marshalltown Police Department,” said Ohrt. “He does solid work, and is always willing to help. And he has worked tirelessly as one of our field training officers help-

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ing recruits.” Tupper also acknowledged Tejadaʼs contributions. “Officer Tejada serves as our department Taser instructor and serves on the tactical team,” he said. “Juan is a superstar and a great guy.” Tupper also shared sobering statistics in concert with National Police Week. “One law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours,” he said “Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Over the last decade, an average 150 police officers are killed on duty in the U.S. annually and over 50,000 assaults on peace officers each year. 100 police officers were killed in the lineof-the duty in 2013.” Tupper concluded by asking all to take time to thank a law enforcement professional. ——— Contact Mike Donahey at 641-7536611 or

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Juan Tejada

MPD Employee of the Year T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY

Officer Juan Tejada is shown holding the Marshalltown Police Departmentʼs Employee of the Year award Tuesday. On hand to witness the presentation at Mondayʼs city council meeting were Marshalltown Chief of Police Mike Tupper, members of the MPD, family and friends.




fficer Juan Tejada is the 2014 Marshalltown Police Departmentʼs employee of the year. Tejada, a five year MPD veteran, was nominated and selected by his peers and recognized with the award by the TimesRepublican, the award sponsor, at Monday nightʼs city council meeting.

Police Chief Mike Tupper lauded Tejadaʼs efforts. “We were pleased with Officer Tejadaʼs selection by the committee and we supported it,” Tupper said. “Juan is a great guy.” In addition to his work as a patrolman, Tupper acknowledged Tejadaʼs work as the chief Taser instructor, a field training officer, a member of the tactical (SWAT) team and car seat technician.

Tejada was candid in describing his motivation to be in law enforcement. “Most of it (the motivation) is that I like to help people,” he said. “Plus I am always interested in catching the bad guys ... and stopping crime.” He was born in Mexico, but moved to Marshalltown as a youth when his father found employment. Tejada attended Marshalltown schools, and graduated from Marshalltown High


slowed down quite a bit, backup had arrived.” and I continued chasing In Tejadaʼs opinion, him.” Tasers have helped the The perpetrator was MPD a lot. later caught with the While hardware such help of a deputy. as Tasers and the offiTejada described the cerʼs duty weapon are experience as physically valuable, Tejada said the taxing. MPD places much “At the end it felt pret- emphasis on training ty exhausting ... for the personnel for high risk chase to go on that situations, so officers are long,” Tejada said. “To prepared to act. be in a pursuit for that When not on duty, amount of time.” Tejada enjoys bicycling, Car chases can be fishing and family activideadly for law enforceties. ment personnel, and one He started bicycling claimed the life of a local last year to maintain fitofficer 60 years ago. ness, and is a member MPD officer Glenn of MPDʼs bicycle patrol. Crouse died in a crash He has been out on when attempting to halt bicycle patrol three times a fleeing vehicle. this spring. Tejadaʼs knowledge of Tejada said riding a properly responding to a bicycle allows more call and use of his Taser interaction with residents was valuable when he versus being in a squad confronted an intoxicatcar. ed intruder who had broSoon officers on bicyken into a house. cles will be handing out “The family was free ice cream tickets to scared,” Tejada said. children wearing a hel“The subject refused to met when cycling, he follow any of my comsaid. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO mands, like ʻturn around Tejada said that simFrom this Sept. 21, 2013 photo, Officer Juan Tejada of the Marshalltown Police Department is shown checking and put your hands ple act has an impact on a child car seat for compliance at the Marshalltown Hy-Vee. behind your back.ʼ He the youth rider that “we was yelling and scream- are here to help.” School in 1991. to direct new recruits in other personnel and by down, but still could ing It became necessary ——— Later he became an law enforcementʼs best Lt. Ron Ohrt. keep an eye on him. to use my Taser after Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753American citizen. practices. “Officer Tejada excels When he hit gravel he Prior to joining MPD, “I consider being a at being a field training Tejada worked at Maytag field training officer to be officer,” Ohrt said. “Iʼve in Newton and four years a big accomplishment,” seen him work tirelessly at the Marshall County he said. “Several of us with recruits. He works Sheriffʼs Office. put our names in to be with them to ensure they His purpose in taking considered and I was understand proper law the job, which was at the one of three selected. enforcement techMarshall County Jail, “Being selected is niques.” was to find out if he liked being told that we were Pursuit skill was of law enforcement. the best officers immense value approxiThe answer was yes. ... that we had been mately three years ago, He took action and he exhibiting what an officer when Tejada was applied for work with the should be ... and now, involved in a 20-minute sheriffʼs office and MPD, we are training new offi- car chase that proceedand then joined the local cers to be exactly like ed out of town, with department. us.” speeds exceeding 100 Among his duties, he Tejada said the job mph. has especially enjoyed consists of teaching The perpetrator was being a car seat techniproper radio communica- headed east on Main cian. tions, location identifica- Street near 18th Avenue, At a recent event tion, driving skills, pursuit Tejada said. Tejada inspected more training and proper pro“Even at that high than 60 car seats. cedures in handling cer- speed, he was still T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY He also takes pride in tain calls among other pulling away ... once I hit Officers Casee Veren left, and Juan Tejada of the Marshalltown Police Department being one of three tasks. 100 mph I backed off. are shown on a billboard on South Sixth Street sponsored by the local Neighbordepartment field officers. His work as field train- He had no regard for The job requires him ing officer was noticed by anything ... I had to slow hood Crime Watch.

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