Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden was honored to receive the “Constable/Marshal of the Year” Award during the National Constables and Marshals Association (NCMA) 49th Annual Training Conference on September 22, 2022, in Galveston, TX.
The award was voted upon from many nominations given to the Association through its membership. The award goes to the Constable or Marshal that has shown outstanding and notable actions in their office, community, state or nation; highlighting service to their area citizens; inspired greatness to others; commitment to fellow citizens; dedication to fairness and humanity; going above and beyond the duties of their office; shown attention to detail and outstanding work ethics; provided and/or promoted services or events to raise awareness to a cause to benefit citizens or fellow offices. Much of the award is related to Constable Hayden’s “Constable 180” Program.
Constable Hayden and the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constables Office is consistently one of the most active Law Enforcement Agencies in Montgomery County. A pro-active Law Enforcement Agency covering around 232 square miles in East Montgomery County, the Pct. 4 Constables Office annually makes more than 1500 arrests. Of all the arrests, more than half are the result of possession or distribution of narcotics as well as alcohol-related offenses. In many cases, these arrests are from people who are suffering from substance abuse and addiction. As an Agency, they felt they could do more. The motto of the Pct. 4 Constables Office is “Professionalism, Dedication, and Compassion”, and they strive to be an example of those qualities in the everyday approach to the service provided to the community. Public safety is not just about the criminals we apprehend but the crime we can prevent from happening in the first place, and providing an avenue of help for those addicted embodies that practice.
During the arrest, Deputies provide a list of available resources to the subjects, as well as signs on the wall in the booking area in hopes this information will be used to make positive changes in their lives. Constable 180 highlights those stories, showing there is hope and help is available to those that want it.
NCMA is an association that started in 1973 in New Jersey, and since then has spread across the United States. More information on NCMA is found at http://nationalconstablesandmarshalsassociation.com/.
Congratulations Constable Hayden on receiving this prestigious, national award.