Stockton - Today, the Manteca Rotary Club honored San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigations Investigator Robert MacDonald as the recipient of the Don I. Asher Memorial Officer of the Year Award.
The Don I. Asher Memorial Officer of the Year Award acknowledges those in law enforcement who perform exemplary contributions to the citizens of San Joaquin County. "We are proud to have Investigator MacDonald as the recipient of this prestigious award," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "On behalf of the office, we congratulate Robert on this well-deserved honor."
Investigator Robert MacDonald began his law enforcement career with the Stockton Police Department in 1986. During his career with the Stockton Police Department, Robert worked in the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. He was assigned to the Fraud/Forgery Unit and then the Robbery/Homicide Division. He promoted to sergeant in 2008 and assigned to the Patrol Division. Robert retired from Stockton Police Department in 2011, and was hired by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office in 2013.
When Investigator MacDonald began his career with the District Attorney's Office, he was assigned to the Mainline Unit. Robert is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division, Insurance Fraud Unit, and conducts investigations involving Worker's Compensation Insurance Fraud.
While conducting follow-up on a case, Investigator MacDonald stopped to make a call in the parking lot of the Pep Boys automotive business in Stockton where he noticed a subject feeling the business with merchandise in his arms, followed by what appeared to be a Pep Boys employee. Investigator MacDonald immediately contacted Stockton Police Department via his radio to provide details of the events as they unfolded. However, the situation seemingly escalated as the suspect turned toward the employee, produced a large knife, and attempted to stab the employee. The suspect, still armed with the knife, discarded the stolen items and took a fighting stance toward the employee.
Investigator MacDonald drove after the suspect and positioned his vehicle to prevent the suspect from fleeing. Investigator MacDonald confronted the suspect by drawing his duty weapon and ordering the suspect to drop the knife and get on the ground. The suspect complied and was subsequently taken into custody by Investigator MacDonald.
"Investigator MacDonald's actions are representative of his exceptional character, performance and law enforcement experience," said Bureau of Investigations Chief James Bojko. "Robert undoubtedly displays the qualities and high-level performance reflective of our administration."
Upon receiving the award, Investigator MacDonald thanked Manteca Rotary Club for their support and shared a brief story from his early days in law enforcement. "I am grateful to work for the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office under Tori Verber Salazar and Chief James Bojko," said Investigator MacDonald. "Law enforcement officers do not do this work for recognition or praise. It's not often we are shown appreciation in this manner, and for that, this award will mark as a highlight of my career."
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office extends gratitude to the Manteca Rotary Club for their service above self actions, as well as bestowing this honor to a member of our administration.
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