On May 9th, 2012, Amanda Traino, 20 of West Babylon, New York, received the Career Achievement Award in the Field of Law Enforcement for her exceptional dedication to the Suffolk County Police Explorer Program (SCPEP). Amanda is the first recipient in the 25 year history of the Suffolk County Police Explorer Program to be recognized for this award, which is the highest possible award for the long-standing youth program.
Traino, a member of SCPEP for four years, completed nine Proficiency Awards, earning her a Career Cluster for displaying superior knowledge and execution in the following areas: Law Enforcement training, Community Service, Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Drug Abuse Prevention, FBI Explorer Academy, Tenure, Explorer of the Year and Perfect Attendance. During the awards ceremony, she was honored by Babylon Town Councilman Antonio Martinez, Suffolk County 1st Precinct Commanding Officer Inspector Gerard Gigante, Suffolk County Boy Scouts of America Senior District Executive Lauren Vlachos, Suffolk County Representative to Governor Andrew Cuomo Scott Martella, Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory, and Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley.
Traino expressed gratitude and appreciation for the support of Lt. Magliano, Officer Marotta, Office Barney and Officer Ellis for helping her to accomplish her goals and for making this program the success that it is today.
The college student's parents, sister, extended family and friends were on hand for the awards ceremony. “We are all extremely proud of Amanda for her dedication, decision making and maturity over the years. She has made her entire family very proud and we look forward to supporting her continued growth, both personally and professionally,” commented her mother, Donna Traino.
Traino plans to pursue a career in law enforcement after completing her degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.