On Aug. 23, during The American Legion's 99th National Convention in Reno, Nev., Joseph Rowley received the Legion's national Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.
Rowley is a 17-year trooper with the Michigan State Police. He serves as a departmental instructor in firearms and defensive tactics, as well as a field training officer. He has coordinated his district's participation in the Fallen Trooper Memorial, spearheaded the collection of donations for a fellow trooper's father after a house fire, and volunteers his spare time at a camp for children with cancer, a memorial baseball tournament and more.
One important highlight of his criminal investigations over the past year was his work on a credit-card fraud case that led to the discovery of a commercialized sex/human trafficking operation.
"I am so grateful for everyone here," Rowley commented, " ... for the way you make me feel welcome as a law enforcement officer."