State Trooper Matthew W. Coake, who is assigned to the Dublin Virginia State Police office, recently was awarded the “Superintendent’s Award for Outstanding Promotion of Highway Safety.”
Coake was selected to receive the award for the Fourth Division, which consists of the 15 southwestern-most counties in Virginia. He was selected for his traffic enforcement and criminal investigation efforts during the past year.
According to First Sgt. Mike Honaker, who nominated Coake for the award, Coake issued 1,063 summonses over the past year, including 87 for seatbelt violations, 13 for child restraint violations and 267 for reckless driving.
“Matt Coake is an outstanding police officer and his commitment to public safety contributes significantly to a safer community. Though this award suggests that the primary efforts of the winner are connected to their work on the highway, Matt is a prolific criminal investigator as well,” said Honaker.
He continued, “As with all of our troopers, a lot of his traffic stops result in criminal investigations related to the possession of narcotics, possession and transportation of illegal firearms, fugitives that are wanted in other jurisdictions and a host of other kinds of criminal activities.” Honaker added, “We are very proud of Matt and he is well deserving of this recognition.”