On March 26, 2021, Ptl Matthew McDonald was presented with the Officer of the Year award by Chief Robert Morgan in a ceremony at the Mount Vernon Police Department. Ptl McDonald was nominated for the award by his peers and was presented the award in the presence of his family and fellow officers.
Ptl McDonald joined the Mount Vernon Police Department in May of 2020 after serving with the Shreve Police Department since October 2019. Prior to attending the Police Academy at North Central State, Ptl McDonald served in the United States Navy for 13 years where he served on multiple deployments including Iraq.
The officers and staff at the Mount Vernon Police Department congratulate Ptl. McDonald on being awarded Officer of the Year and thank him for his excellent service.