Grove City officer named Top Cop


Pictured here (from left to right) Lt. Jason Stern, Safety Director William Vedra, Jr., TOP COP Grove City Police Officer Brandon Judd, Lt. Eric Scott, and Sgt. Greg Barber.

Grove City Division of Police Officer Brandon Judd was awarded the Central Ohio Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2019 TOP COP Award.

MADD annually recognizes officers who go above and beyond to curb impaired driving in their communities with dozens of officers nominated, each receiving an Award of Excellence. The TOP COP Award is presented to an officer who continually displays a commitment to reducing impaired driving through enforcement, education and prevention.

This is Judd’s third consecutive MADD Award of Excellence and his first TOP COP Award.

“We are extremely proud of Officer Judd,” said Safety Director William Vedra, Jr. “His daily commitment to reducing the number of impaired drivers on our roadways directly increases the safety of our community.”

Judd began his law enforcement career in 2011, after a family member was killed by an impaired driver. He dedicated his career to apprehending impaired drivers with the thought that each traffic stop could save a life.

“We are continually impressed with Officer Judd’s personal efforts and pledge to keep Grove City families safe,” said Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage. “His work ethic and drive are evident throughout all aspects of his law enforcement career.”

Those who work with Judd recognize he truly loves what he does. His drive and peer training have made him and fellow law enforcement officers successful in OVI detection and arrests. Judd was honored as Grove City Division of Police Officer of the Year twice, is a member of the Division’s Strategic Response team and a field training officer. Over the last 12 months Judd stopped 307 vehicles, issued 142 citations and made 70 OVI arrests.

The MADD award is based on OVI arrest numbers, persistence of continued education, training and impact on roadways, the division and community.

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