Chantilly: Hong Named Officer of Month

Chantilly: Hong Named Officer of Month

Capt. Bob Blakley (left) presents the Officer of the Month award to Officer John Hong.

Capt. Bob Blakley (left) presents the Officer of the Month award to Officer John Hong. Photo by Bonnie Hobbs.

Someone who’s hit the ground running and quickly made an impression on his supervisors, Sully District Police Officer John J. Hong was recently recognized as the Officer of the Month. He was honored at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

“He’s a newer officer, here almost a year,” said Capt. Bob Blakley. “And he has an incredible amount of energy and drive. He also has a great attitude and gets the larger picture of policing and what’s important to the community. He’s doing a great job and we’re proud to honor him as our Officer of the Month for December.”

Hong was nominated for the award by his supervisor, Lt. Nicholas Dipippa. “Since arriving on the Midnight ‘A’ squad at Sully on May 30, 2015, John has performed at a high level,” wrote Dipippa. “He has had numerous drug cases over the last couple of months, taking cocaine and marijuana off our streets. Officer Hong has also taken it upon himself to team up with senior officers in order to gain more knowledge and become pro-active at criminal patrol.”

Besides that, wrote Dipippa, “During his first six months, he had five DWI arrests and is a top performer on the squad in traffic citations. John always volunteers to do the mail run so other officers don’t have to worry about it.”

“He has been a go-getter since arriving on the squad and never backs down from any assignment or challenge,” continued Dipippa. “Any time day work needs an officer to hold over for dayshift, John is one of the first to step up and help out. Officer John Hong is commended for his initiative and outstanding performance.”