Martinez, California Detective Named Amtrak Police Officer of the Year 2007

OAKLAND – Det. John Mumford has been selected as the Amtrak Police Department’s Officer of the Year 2007.

Mumford has been chosen to receive this prestigious award in recognition of his many contributions to the safety and security of the Amtrak community. Mumford has displayed exemplary dedication in the performance of his duties, Amtrak officials said.

Mumford began his career with the Amtrak Police Department in 1999, based out of San Jose. He has served in California for nine years.

“Mumford was chosen Officer of the Year for his untiring efforts at making people feel safe and secure while riding the rails,” said John J. O’Connor, Amtrak Police Department Chief of Patrol. “His work along the Capitol Corridor over the past two years has contributed greatly to the safety of passengers and employees. He is simply a model officer.”

An awards ceremony was held in the Washington area — Amtrak’s corporate headquarters. Among the guests honoring Mumford at the ceremony were his fellow Amtrak Police Officers, and Amtrak dignitaries including Alex Kummant, CEO & President; William Rooney, Vice President Office of Security Strategy and Special Operations; and Richard Phelps, Vice President Transportation.

In addition to the Amtrak Officer of the Year Award, Mumford was selected as the 2008 Dr. Gary Burch Memorial Safety Award recipient. Mumford was recognized by the Burch family for his community outreach efforts delivering the railroad safety message to local schools as an Operation Lifesaver volunteer, his active role as a member of the Amtrak Pacific Division Safety Team.