CHESWOLD — Delaware State Police Cpl. Lloyd “Mike” McCann has been chosen as Trooper of the Year, authorities announced last week.
Working out of Troop 3, Cpl. McCann was involved with a deadly force encounter with an armed suspect on June 25, police said; a vehicle pursuit ended with a man exiting, firing at and hitting the trooper, who returned fire that killed the suspect, according to a news release.
Cpl. McCann was one of 11 troopers nominated this year. A trooper must exceed performance standards and be recognized by his or her peers as one who consistently displays integrity and work ethic to be nominated, police said.
Cpl. McCann, a trooper since Oct. 23, 2009, has established himself as a hard worker, who is highly motivated and very productive, police said. He is consistently among shift leaders in all statistical categories, they added.
Police said Cpl. McCann has volunteered to take on additional administrative duties such as completing shift vehicle inspections and computer downloads. Cpl. McCann is a positive role model to junior shift members, police said, and is well liked and respected by his shift mates, superiors and the Troop Administration.
During the year, Cpl. McCann had multiple proactive vehicle stops where he went above and beyond to investigate drug complaints where several arrests were made and drugs were seized, police said.
In February 2014, Cpl. McCann was recognized as the Patrol Trooper of the Month for “D” shift. This was a result of his hard work, enforcement efforts and his self-initiated activity, police said.
March 2014, Cpl. McCann became a certified S.T.O.P.S. instructor (Strategies and Tactics of Patrol Stops). Cpl. McCann has also spent the past few years teaching Patrol Procedures at the academy. As a result of his dedication to training, Cpl. McCann became very knowledgeable and proficient regarding officer’s safety, police said.
Three months after he attended this training, Cpl. McCann was involved in a deadly force encounter with an armed suspect, police said. He was hit in the shooting hand and face/cheek area before returning fire, police said
Cpl. McCann was awarded a Life Saving Award for his role in a 2012 incident where he performed emergency first aid, on a 13-year-old shooting victim, helping to save her life.
Cpl. McCann was recognized as the Troop 3 Trooper of the Month for June 2014. He was also recognized as the Troop 3 Trooper of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2014. He was also awarded for valor in the deadly encounter incident by the Delaware Fraternal Order of Police.
In October 2014, Cpl. McCann completed the certified instructor’s course. He has since participated in several training events at the DSP Academy and the DSP Gun Range.
In addition to his regular duties, Cpl. McCann serves as a member of the Honor Guard Unit of the Delaware State Police and voluntarily serves as a trooper recruiters.
Cpl. McCann serves as a field training officer who trains new recruit troopers as they begin their careers in law enforcement.
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