Whitehall cop: ‘I like my job’

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Officer Logan Marino joined the Whitehall Police Department in 2019. The avid skier describes himself as a people person and said it’s one of the most important qualities to being in law enforcement. (Photo by Paul Smith’s College)
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From law enforcement to the slopes, officer Logan Marino is the type to keep busy no matter the circumstances. Although he only began working for the Whitehall Police Department in 2019, Marino stood in the officer just after finishing a shift and said he has learned a lot from being in Whitehall.

“This is the first place that gave me a chance to be an actual roadside officer,” he said.

Law enforcement first struck Marino as a career opportunity around his senior year of high school. But rather than criminal law enforcement, he was looking into becoming an environmental conservation officer.

“I love the outdoors and I wanted to work outdoors. I wanted to be one in the Adirondacks and I’m a people person,” he chuckled.

After his time as an Adirondack Environmental Conservation officer, Marino made his way to the Lake George Park Commission as boat patrol and then joined the Whitehall department two years later.

He still remembers his first calls with another officer as well as on his own.

“The first call I gave a hand with was a disturbance on First Avenue,” he said. “The first call I handled on my own was a domestic and officer Krug was my backup and that was on Saunders Street.”

Something that drew Marino into the idea of becoming an officer was the opportunity to help others. He said helping others is something that he has always liked doing and saw law enforcement as an opportunity to do just that.

“I like my job,” he said. “I can walk around this village and know who is who. I’m also a small-town guy. The key is being friendly with people. I can sit down and strike up a conversation with anyone, really.

“Even one day during a traffic stop I stood there for 15 minutes because the guy asked if we could just talk… Interaction with the public is 100% important for this job as well as community policing. It’s the most important part.”

When it comes to Whitehall, Marino is passionate about the people in the community. He believes that it is important to maintain relationships with the community as law enforcement today is heavy in trust between departments and their communities.

“Once you put the uniform on, you have a job to do and when you do that you have to back up everything you say,” he said.

Marino said he has learned a lot of lessons along the way from his fellow officers and has implemented them into how he approaches law enforcement.

“Not only have they helped with the training you go through, but they have also helped me by teaching me about the different avenues you can take, and that you need to be open-minded because there are always three sides to a story,” he said.

“You start with a field training officer, and they show you the basics and can only teach you so much. The next thing you know, you have to take the bull by the horns and you’re getting handed the keys to the car as well as the village.”

Outside of law enforcement, Marino is heavily familiar with the slopes of local mountains and has been using skis since he started walking. His parents, Martin and Lisa, were ski instructors at Gore Mountain and had him start at the age of two. He started performing jumps and competing in mogul races for the USSA Mogul team.

“I’ve done freestyle skiing since I was 8 years old and did four years of competitive mogul skiing. I’ve skied with the best of the best. I skied the steepest trail on the east coast at the age of 6,” he said.

Marino does not have an exact answer for why he became an officer, but he does still have solid reasons for why he continues to put on the uniform.

“I truly don’t have a reason for why I became a police officer; I truly don’t. I love helping the community and interacting with people, I would give my shirt off my back if I could… I was raised by good people and my mentor for law enforcement would be William VanNess who is a retired narcotics investigator out of Warren County,” he said.