HOLLAND, MI – Public Safety Chief Matt Messer is pleased to announce that veteran Officer Joel Maat, who has been with the department for 18 years, has been selected as the Department’s Police Officer of the Year. Joel was selected by Command staff after several of his peers and supervisors nominated him for the award.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University and was hired full time in 1997 as a patrol officer.
Joel was assigned to the specialized team of Evidence Technician in 2001 and he is also one of the officers assigned to the department’s Field Training Officer team; officer’s who are responsible for the training of new police officers.
Joel is currently a police defensive driving instructor. That experience was instrumental in the development of the Community Teen Driving program that is offered to the public each year.
Joel was selected based on his outstanding leadership and his unselfish, consistent willingness to help others. Joel has demonstrated leadership as President of the Holland Police Officer’s Association and was instrumental in organizing the local non profit organization Shield’s of Hope.
Shields of Hope was organized by police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel to help families impacted by cancer.
As Police Officer of the Year, Joel will be highlighted in the 2015 Tulip Time parade as well as representing the department at various functions throughout the next year.