Williamsburg Police investigator named 2016 Top Cop

After being named "Standout Officer of the Month" three times, Williamsburg Police Department Investigator Sean Hughes received a 2016 Top Cop award on Oct. 22.

The Greater Hampton Roads Crime Lines recognized Hughes at its annual Top Cops awards ceremony at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, according to a city of Williamsburg news release.

At the ceremony, one officer from each department in the Greater Hampton Roads Crime Lines, which encompasses 15 localities, was recognized for "making extraordinary contributions to the safety of Hampton Roads," according to Top Cop awards information online.

"He has established himself as a dependable hard working officer with a quiet and humble demeanor," according to the city news release. "He consistently serves as an example to his fellow officers, modeling the behavior and ethics that make him an outstanding police officer."

Hughes started with the Williamsburg Police Department in 2011 and was recognized three times as “Standout Officer of the Month” in July 2014, April 2015 and September 2015.

Hughes serves as a field training officer, general instructor, radar instructor and a Gracie survival tactics instructor. He is certified in both crisis intervention and first response.

In April, Hughes earned a spot in the department’s investigations unit. Since then, he has been assigned several juvenile sexual assault cases that he has resolved by arresting the offenders, according to the release.

He recently completed ChildFirst Virginia Forensic Interview Training, which will expand his skills and knowledge in juvenile sexual assault, the release said.

Hughes was recognized for his traffic and drunken driving enforcement efforts, and received a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers award last year, the release said.

Hughes was chosen for the "Standout Officer" award in September after deftly handling a suicidal subject. The subject, who was armed with a realistic-looking airsoft firearm, was trying illicit an aggressive police response, the release said.

"Hughes was able to talk to the subject and take him into custody without incident, assuring that the subject got the help he needed," the release said.

“Investigator Sean Hughes is an excellent example of the quality of individuals we have working in the Williamsburg Police Department,” Williamsburg Police Chief Dave Sloggie said. “Sean’s determination to identify, apprehend and do his part in successful prosecution is impressive. His daily commitment to duty is a positive reflection on himself, his contemporaries, our department, our city and our profession.”

Fearing can be reached by phone at 757-298-5838.

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