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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To Elk­ton Po­lice Det. An­drew Tuer re­ceiv­ing the Mary­land Po­lice Ex­ec­u­tive As­so­ci­a­tion’s “Top Cop of the Year” award this week dur­ing the Mary­land Mu­nic­i­pal League con­ven­tion in Ocean City. Se­lected from a field of 24 nom­i­nated of­fi­cers with mu­nic­i­pal agen­cies through­out the state, Gov. Larry Hogan pre­sented Tuer with the “Top Cop” plaque and an of­fi­cial Gov­er­nor’s Ci­ta­tion dur­ing a PEA break­fast meet­ing. Tuer was lauded by his peers for his vol­un­teerism and men­tor­ship, for ex­am­ple, his faith­ful work with the Elk­ton Boys & Girls Club, his in­volve­ment in the plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of the an­nual Na­tional Night Out event in Au­gust and his par­tic­i­pa­tion in other com­mu­ni­tyre­lated projects. They also praised Tuer for his han­dling of a high-pro­file dou­ble-mur­der case in which two Hollingsworth Manor teens, ages 16 and 19, dis­ap­peared on back-to-back days in Au­gust 2014. His lead­er­ship se­cured an in­dict­ment and plea in the case that ul­ti­mately yielded the hid­den lo­ca­tions of the vic­tims’ bod­ies, pro­vid­ing clo­sure for their fam­i­lies. Tuer was char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally hum­ble in ac­cept­ing his award from his peers, but we’d like to ex­tend a hearty con­grat­u­la­tions for the honor.

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