Suffolk County Police Detective William Maldonado Receives Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing Posthumously

December 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Suffolk County Police Detective William Maldonado posthumously received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing. Detective Maldonado was one of 19 law enforcement officers and deputies from 12 jurisdictions to receive the award from across the country.  

Watch and download Attorney General Barr’s remarks on Suffolk County Police Detective William Maldonado here.

Watch and download the presentation of the medal to Detective Maldonado’s family here

According to the Suffolk County Police Department, Detective Maldonado joined the department in September 1987 and worked several years in the Fifth Precinct before rising to the rank of Detective in 1994. He spent much of his career working in Major Case, a unit that investigates bank robberies. Before his passing, he was assigned to the FBI Long Island Gang Task Force where he focused on combating gang violence. He was involved in the prosecution of more than 40 MS-13 gang members which cleared more than a dozen homicides and 25 robberies.

Diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2015 after a routine colonoscopy, Detective Maldonado continued serving his community as a member of the force. In April 2018, Detective Maldonado lost his battle with cancer and is survived by his wife, Second Precinct Detective Christine Tamaro, and daughters, Nicole and Brooke. 

“Detective William Maldonado dedicated his life to serving and protecting our community even until the very end,” said Congressman Zeldin. “He took dozens of members of one of the deadliest gangs off our streets and secured justice for countless Long Island families all while fighting a battle of his own. His commitment and dedication to our community embodies the service of all of our men and women in blue who carry on his legacy each and every day.”