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Detective Proctor Named “Officer of the Year”

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By Marissa Maier

For a detective on the Sag Harbor Village Police force, Jeffrey Proctor had a banner year in 2009. According to police chief Thomas Fabiano, Proctor made a string of drug related arrests in the summer, solved a few assault and burglary cases and still had time for patrol work during the slower months. For his work in 2009, Proctor was named “Officer of the Year” by Fabiano on January 15. Proctor, a nine-year veteran of the force, received the same accolade in 2003 as an officer. But this year marks the first time he is being commended for his work as a detective.

Proctor joined the Sag Harbor Village Police in 2001, moving from the Westhampton Beach Police Department. From 2002 through 2005, he worked in local schools as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor. It wasn’t until 2008 that Proctor was promoted to the position of detective.

“I guess [detective work] is different, but when I was a patrolman I would follow up with criminal mischief cases. I had a routine of following up on certain types of crime,” recalled Proctor. “It was a different job. As a patrolman you are proactive in preventing crime. Now I am more reactive.”

As a detective, Proctor spends much of his time conducting undercover investigations including a case this summer which led to the arrests of two individuals. One of these defendants, Christopher Matzinger, 33, of Sag Harbor faced felony charges for allegedly possessing and attempting to sell 14 small bags of cocaine. Chief Fabiano noted this case and others clinched Proctor’s spot as the officer of the year.

“Jeff was one of the leading officers in a series of arrests during the year. He did an outstanding job last summer with a few drug arrests,” remarked Fabiano. “Jeff is an outstanding performer. He is a self-motivated guy. He understands the needs of the department and community. Jeff starts things and completes them.”