By Terry Rogers
On Monday, January 9, 2017, Milford City council recognized Sgt. Timothy Lord for receiving the Delaware Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. According to Chief Kenneth Brown, Sgt. Lord worked as Drug Enforcement Officer in Milford for ten years.
“His leadership makes things happen,” Chief Brown said. “He always goes above and beyond his duties to keep our citizens safe and provide outstanding service to our community.” The same night that Sgt. Lord was recognized for his state-level award, Chief Brown recognized him and three other officers for saving the life of an overdose victim in December as well as for assisting in an arrest during an attempted robbery at Milford Diner.
Sgt. Lord graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy in December 2001 and spent his first two years with the Selbyville Police Department. He was hired in Milford in December 2003.
“My family has been involved in the military and law enforcement,” Sgt. Lord said. “My father was a police officer in Milford in the late 60s and early 70s for a few years while he was also a member of the Marines. My brother is a lieutenant for a federal correction facility in Virginia.”
Sgt. Lord said that the best part of being a police officer is having the opportunity to work in the community he grew up in and the many challenges he faces each day being an officer. As a Patrol Sergeant, he must ensure that officers are properly handling investigations and that they are doing so in a safe, professional manner as they interact with the public.
“Along with taking care of the officers, I must also have to take care of myself, both physically and mentally,” Sgt. Lord said. “I also must set a positive example through leadership and be sure that I am providing the citizens of Milford with the highest standard of public safety and service while enforcing the law as well as city ordinances to ensure safety.”
Before being promoted to Patrol Sergeant, Sgt. Lord, who holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Delaware Technical and Community College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Wilmington College, was a detective focusing on illegal drug investigations in and around Milford. He said it was his activity as a drug enforcement officer that led Chief Brown and others at the police department to nominate him for the state award.
“I appreciate being nominated and receiving the award,” Sgt. Lord said. “I was surprised to be a recipient. I am from Milford. I grew up an attended school here. The Milford Police Department is a professional police agency and continually strives to keep evolving and make community relations better as well as provide a high standard of public service. The Milford Police Department makes sure officers are properly trained and prepared to do their jobs, keeping Milford a safe place to work and live.”
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