Officer Jason Miller has been named the Virginia Tech Police Department’s Officer of the Year for 2023. Miller’s many contributions in his eight years with the department have left a lasting mark on the Virginia Tech community.
A residence life resource officer (RLRO), Miller is highly engaged in the community, including work at Gobbler Nights and new student orientation, instructing Rape Aggression Defense classes, and contributing to events like the police department’s annual hot dog luncheon and University Library’s Cheesy Nights during finals week.
Additionally, he assists with Ringo the Patrol Pony, co-hosts the “RLRONation” radio show on WUVT, and serves as an instructor for the Virginia Tech Student Police Academy.
He is the team leader for the police department’s Emergency Response Team, where he contributes leadership and tactical skills. He also is a defensive tactics instructor, ensuring his colleagues are well-prepared for the challenges they may face, as well as a firearms instructor, use of force instructor, Gracie Survival Tactics instructor, active shooter instructor, Chief’s Advisory Committee member, and Training Committee member.
As the liaison between the police department and the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy, Miller supports the development of new law enforcement professionals in the region. And he coordinates training events with the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Roanoke College, and regional New River Valley law partners.
“Officer Miller’s commitment to excellence and tireless efforts in enhancing our department’s capabilities make him truly deserving of the 2023 Officer of the Year award. His dedication to both community engagement and professional development sets a standard for others to follow,” said Chief of Police Mac Babb.
Miller previous earned a 2022 commendation letter from Babb for extraordinary service and rendering critical aid as well as the department’s Lifesaving Award in 2016, both of which show his commitment to going above and beyond the call of duty.
“Officer Miller’s impact on the department is immeasurable, and his dedication to community engagement sets a standard for excellence,” police Sgt. Micah Pasquarell said.
“Officer Miller continually exceeds expectations, not just within the VTPD, but also in contributing to the safety and well-being of the entire Virginia Tech community,” added Threat Assessment Team Coordinator Caroline Newell.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Miller said. “It is truly extraordinary to be acknowledged by both my colleagues and superiors for what I consider part of my daily responsibilities,” Miller said. “I appreciate the support of a department that enables me to serve both the community and our organization. Recognizing that the success of the department is a collaborative endeavor, I am grateful to play a part in our shared mission of ensuring safety and security for the Virginia Tech community.”