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Samson Hung, Suffolk County police explorer, to get national career achievement award

Samson Hung, a Suffolk County Police Explorer squad

Samson Hung, a Suffolk County Police Explorer squad sergeant, outside John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Hung, 19, of Wheatley Heights, is the second Suffolk County police explorer in more than 20 years to receive the national career achievement award. Credit: Charles Eckert

Suffolk County police will honor Samson Hung, of Wheatley Heights, for his achievement in the Suffolk County Police Explorers Program, which provides students ages 14 to 20 with experience in law enforcement.

Hung, 19, an explorer for the past five years, will be presented with the national career achievement award Friday at a ceremony at the Suffolk County Police Academy in Brentwood.

He is only the second Suffolk County Police explorer to receive the award in more than 20 years.

To receive the honor, Hung, a squad sergeant in the program, completed more than 600 hours of law enforcement training and service.

Hung has received a number of other awards, including a community service award -- for completing 100 hours of community service -- and the 2014 Explorer of the Year honor.

"Getting this award was very challenging, and it's nice to be recognized for the years of work that I've put in," Hung said.

Hung, who is majoring in police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said he's always dreamed of becoming a police officer, and he saw the Explorers Program as a great opportunity to get a head start in law enforcement.

Hung has already taken the exams required to join the Suffolk County Police Department, the New York Police Department, the Atlanta Police Department and other agencies in California.

He hopes to land a job in law enforcement within the next year.

Program adviser Officer Margery Marotta praised Hung, noting that since he joined the explorers in 2009 he's "worked incredibly hard to achieve his dream," even taking additional language classes on the side to learn Mandarin in the hopes of someday serving the Chinese-American community.

"I think he'll make a fantastic officer," Marotta said. "He joined when he was 14, and this has been his passion and his goal. I can't see anyone doing better than him."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Samson Hung’s first name.


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