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Anne Arundel County officer honored 'International Police Officer of the Year'

Posted at 6:52 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 10:50:18-04

Corporal Allen Marcus has spent the last 19 years as a cop he grew up in, Anne Arundel County.

Cpl. Marcus works on the Crisis Intervention Team. They deal with situations like people contemplating suicide or someone dealing with mental issues that affect themselves or family members.

His peers on the force know he does a great job, now those around the world know as well.

He was recently named international Crisis Intervention Officer of the year.

He was selected over 1,100 officers from around the country and other countries including those as far away as Australia and China. 

Helping people in need has been natural for him his whole life.

"My father was a Methodist minister so, l grew up serving," said Cpl. Marcus.

And he uses those lessons from his father every day to get positive results out of horrible situations.

"If you see people as human beings and treat them as such, you will get that different result. People just want to be heard."

One of those people consoled was a woman he helped just 4 months ago. She was going to jump off a bridge.

"She didn’t have any hope and I just made her know how our department could help her through some of the issues she was going through and we would stick with her."

He did stick with her. Things are much better for her now.

"And it’s rewarding because she explained to me how it was something about her that connected her with me versus allowing the others to come to her."

Cpl. Marcus does a lot for those in need and being recognized as an International Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year was impactful to him as his effort has impacted countless people in Anne Arundel County. 

"It meant a lot to know that what I do is appreciated."