City of Alexandria, VA
The Optimist Club of Alexandria honored three Alexandria law enforcement officers with the Respect for Law Award at a luncheon on Wednesday, October 24, at the Belle Haven Country Club. Officer Marcus Downey of the Alexandria Police Department was recognized for his outstanding service and in particular for his efforts with young people. Officer Downey, a member of the Patrol Operations Bureau, has worked diligently for the past four years to revitalize the Alexandria Police Youth Camp. In addition to spending significant time at the camp during the summers where he can work with underprivileged children, he now serves on the camp’s board and also works closely with School Resources Officers and the Alexandria City Public Schools to identify young people who could most benefit from time at the camp. He also ensures that the camp is well-maintained and is on the Capital Improvement Committee overseeing major upgrades.