The Culpeper Minuteman Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented Detective and Master Police Officer Richard Brooking with its prestigious Law Enforcement Medal Nov. 16.
Brooking, a 20 plus-year veteran of the Culpeper Police Department, was recognized for the many assignments he handles within the department and the role he plays in the agency, particularly how he cares for crime victims.
âMPO Brooking shows a great deal of passion and empathy toward these victims of crime on a daily basis,â Police Chief Chris Jenkins wrote in his nomination letter. âSo much so, he has voluntarily represented the Culpeper Police Department by serving as a member on Culpeperâs Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force.â
The veteran detective worked with the commonwealth attorneyâs office and the Crime Victim/Witness program to implement programs to assist victims of crimes. Brooking also takes an active role coordinating local efforts for the annual Domestic Violence Month and annual Candlelight Vigil, which increases awareness about domestic violence.
The Culpeper Minutemen Sons of the American Revolution chapter also noted how Brooking serves as a role model for younger officers as well as his contributions to the departmentâs wellness and physical fitness program.
Additionally, Brooking has served as an ambassador for his church by traveling all over the world to third world countries on mission trips to assist the less fortunate.
âMPO Brooking always has a positive attitude,â said Chief Jenkins.
For several decades, the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter has recognized the extraordinary efforts of local law enforcement officers serving in the Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.
âItâs an honor to have the Culpeper Minutemen recognize Richard Brooking for his professional service to the town of Culpeper,â said Jenkins.