Police Officer Joshua Poplin
Southwestern Regional Police Department

2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Nominee

Officer PoplinOfficer Poplin is a two-year veteran of the Southwestern Regional Police Department, where he is currently assigned as a patrol officer. He previously served with York County Sheriff’s Office as a field training officer, and with the Hellam Township Police Department as a patrol officer. He is the recipient of the DUI Top Gun Award twice..

Poplin was born in Florence, Arizona, and is a graduate of North Carroll High School in Maryland. He has attended North American Trade School and Harrisburg Area Community College.

Poplin is married to Emily, and has a son, Emmett.

Officer Poplin is an officer that has always put forth an outstanding effort for the department and the four communities it serves. He has accomplished much in his short period of time with the department.

Poplin was a leader in the department with traffic enforcement and arrests, with 483 traffic contacts and 58 arrest cases to include many charges in each case. He is a firearms instructor and attended training at a NRA facility in Alabama.

Poplin was awarded the “Top Gun” award by the PA DUI Association for 50+ DUI arrests. The award is given to a select group of officers who have gone above and beyond searching for and prosecuting intoxicated motorists. 368 people died in Pennsylvania last year at the hands of intoxicated motorists.

Poplin has a sincere interest and desire to assist victims of crime. He performs these tasks in a very humane, concerning and understanding manner. He has a calm demeanor with makes others around him perform even better.

Nominated by Chief Gregory M. Bean

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