TCNJ Security Officer Marcos Garcia received the award for “Outstanding Performance” from the world’s largest educational organization for security professionals, ASIS International (formerly the American Society for Industrial Security).
Garcia received the award at the Central Jersey Chapter of ASIS International’s annual Law Enforcement & Private Security Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Pierre’s Restaurant in Monmouth Junction.
According to Frank Halpin, chairperson of the chapter, this event offers the Central Jersey Chapter the opportunity to recognize those law enforcement and Security Professionals who have committed an act of valor, meritorious service, or have contributed to the enhancement of public/private sector cooperation during the past year.
“We are very proud of Officer Garcia’s selection for this award,” said John M. Collins, chief of police and director of campus security at TCNJ. “ASIS International is the preeminent professional organization in the security industry and Officer Garcia’s selection to be honored by the New Jersey Chapter is a testament to his dedication to duty and the professionalism and enthusiasm he brings to his job here at The College of New Jersey.”
According to Collins, Captain Tim Grant nominated Garcia for the award in recognition of Garcia’s distinguishing professionalism and volunteerism.
“Security Officer Garcia raised funds for The New Jersey Special Olympics and in June of 2011, participated in their annual Torch Run. Each year he takes part in the student versus campus police 3V3 Basketball Tournament. Security Officer Garcia provides physical security at the residence halls, provides safety escorts across campus, patrols larger events from the vantage of a Segway, and provides security for the entire campus on his bicycle patrol,” wrote Grant in his nomination.
“I thank God first for the opportunity that he gave me to be alive and in good health,” Garcia said in reference to his award. “I thank my bosses from Campus Police Department Chief Collins, Captain Grant and Lt. Lopez for supporting me 24/7, and thank my coworkers, security officers … as well as the other police officers and of course every student.”