By Pat Jenkins
Joshua Maiuri doesn’t mind the long commute from Graham to his job with the Port of Seattle Police Department. The trips might feel shorter since he was named the agency’s Officer of the Year for 2014.
The nine-year veteran of the department was recognized for what officials call his outstanding service to the community. During his time with the port, Maiuri has responded to 11,107 calls, filed 821 case reports and interviewed 879 people in the field. The way he handled two incidents – one in which he was credited for saving the life of a distraught and suicidal woman – help set him apart in the eyes of his superiors in the department.
A woman locked herself in a restroom at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Transportation Security Administration screeners notified Maiuri, who used his handcuff key to unlock the door, enter the room and assist the woman, who had become non-responsive and may not be alive today if Maiuri hadn’t intervened, officials said.
During the other situation, Maiuri was trying to separate two people in a domestic dispute when one of them assaulted him twice. He withstood the attacks, restored order and took the assailant into custody.
Maiuri’s “devotion to duty and commitment to leadership, integrity and accountability personifies the values of port police and has earned the respect of the members of the department,” said Port of Seattle Police Chief Colleen Wilson.
She noted that whether he is conducting a traffic stop, contacting a suspicious individual or performing a routine patrol, Maiuri is tireless in his “professionalism, diligence, reliability and determination.”
Maiuri said he honed his critical thinking and analytical skills at Pacific Lutheran University, where he received a degree in history with a minor in psychology.
He lives in Graham with his wife, Michelle, and 3-year-old daughter. He loves baseball and participates in the annual Fallen Officer Softball Memorial Tournament, a charity event.
Maiuri formally received his department award during a private award ceremony March 7.
The department has more than 100 officers who are responsible for the security and safety of port facilities, from the airport to the Seattle waterfront, including Harbor Island, Pier 69 and Interbay. The department has specially trained teams, including civil disturbance and bicycle patrol units that Maiuri is part of. Others include a bomb squad, hostage negotiation, a marine and dive team, explosive and narcotics K-9 units, and SWAT.