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Groff Receives ASIS Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award

Penn State Berks Police Officer Mark Groff will receive the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International's 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 11 a.m. during the Reading Phillies "Business Person Special" game at First Energy Stadium.

Presented by American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International, Schuylkill Valley Chapter #128, the award recognizes a police officer who distinguished himself through exceptional service to business or community.

A graduate of the Reading Police Academy, Groff was nominated by Penn State Police Chief Bob Rehrer for his exceptional service to Penn State Berks since December 2000. According to Rehrer, during his ten years with the college, Groff has been trained as a Certified Field Evidence Technician, and he has received several professional instructor certifications, including certification to instruct and qualify police officers in the use of the Monadnock Expandable Baton (MEB). He is also a qualified bicycle patrol officer.

In addition to his professional duties, Groff has developed an excellent relationship with the students on campus, supervising the "Student Patrol/Escort Program" and acting as lead instructor in the Rape Aggression Defense System (RADS) course, in which female students, faculty and staff members learn to defend themselves from attack.

For the past three years, Groff has served as adviser to the Christian Student Fellowship, a student service club on campus. Each year, Groff travels with the club to perform community service in areas with a need. This year, Christian Student Fellowship traveled to Miami to work at the Miami Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen providing aid to women and children. The two previous years, he led the group to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans and to an area just outside New Orleans to rebuild homes with Habitat for Humanity. During these trips, Groff works alongside the students, and he uses his vacation time to travel with the club.

"In Officer Groff, you find the rare combination of a skilled law enforcement professional with a true humanitarian spirit," states Rehrer. "Officer Groff's selfless efforts have clearly made a difference in an untold number of individual's lives."
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