David Reno, Marsha Callahan-English, Dale Hadfield

Willcox Corporal Marsha Callahan-English, center, was named Willcox Top Cop and is joined in celebrating her award by Sergeant David Reno, left, and Department of Public Safety Director Dale Hadfield.

WILLCOX — Willcox Police officer Corporal Marsha Callahan-English is now Willcox’s top cop.

Callahan-English was a candidate for this year’s Cochise County Top Cop on May 9, and while she didn’t come away with the title, she was named Top Willcox Cop.

Callahan-English has been with the Willcox Police Department since 2017, and before that she was with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. Callahan-English is also in the midst of being promoted to investigations-corporal, and her badge pinning will be May 16 at the Willcox City Council meeting.

Callahan-English told the Range News she was born and raised in Willcox and that working with both departments has been a huge educational boost that has attributed to her success.

“I’m (planning to) keep moving forward and, hopefully, keep having the success I’ve had up to this point. I’m hoping that Detective Sergeant Valle and I will be able to continue to stop some of the crime that’s been going on,” Callahan-English said. “When the department hired me, one thing I specifically said in the oral boards was that I wanted to work very proactively to put a stop to the criminal activity and make it safe for kids again because I grew up in the area, and it was always a safe place. You never had to worry. I told them that was my goal, and I do believe that I am achieving that; and so, hopefully, we can keep achieving that.”

In his letter of recommendation, Willcox Department of Public Safety Director Dale Hadfield said that over a period of three months, Callahan-English solved 20 burglary cases that resulted in 20 felony arrests.

“Officer Callahan-English is to be commended for her extraordinary effort, motivation and the impact she has made on criminal activity in the city of Willcox. Officer Callahan-English’s initiative, perseverance and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon herself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Willcox Department of Public Safety,” Hadfield wrote. “Officer Callahan-English is the “Top Cop” for 2019.”

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of the department, the family in blue, and my spouse and kids,” Callahan-English said.

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