State com­mis­sion awards Per­ryville po­lice sergeant

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Sgt. Joseph Ap­pleby has been named In­struc­tor of the Year by the Mary­land Po­lice Train­ing Com­mis­sion.

Per­ryville Po­lice Chief Allen Miller said Ap­pleby was cho­sen from the mul­ti­tude of train­ers across the state.

“To be elected was pretty spec­tac­u­lar,” Miller said as he gave the tro­phy and a cer­tifi­cate to the sergeant at the Tues­day night town meet­ing.

Ap­pleby, who came to Per­ryville after his re­tire­ment from the Mary­land State Po­lice, is cred­ited with train­ing more than 200 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from nine dif­fer­ent agen­cies in Ce­cil and Har­ford coun­ties. He has been lead­ing tac­ti­cal train­ing classes to pre­pare for crowd con­trol and riot re­sponse.

The sergeant be­gan of­fer­ing

PER­RYVILLE

the train­ing after lo­cal de­part­ments re­al­ized they could not an­swer a call for as­sis­tance from Baltimore City Po­lice dur­ing the ri­ot­ing that erupted after the death of Fred­die Gray, the man who died in po­lice cus­tody.

Ap­pleby spent the last 13 of his 28-year state po­lice ca­reer con­duct­ing tac­ti­cal train­ing.

“When we bring on board a vet­eran of­fi­cer we look at their back­ground and ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mayor Jim Eber­hardt said. “He brought that knowl­edge to us and we are spread­ing it around to oth­ers.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ap­pleby, Per­ryville po­lice and all those who have been trained in what he calls “the dy­nam­ics of crowd con­trol” have al­ready been called into ac­tion, al­though the train­ing has not been de­ployed.

“We are ready ... wher­ever the call for as­sis­tance comes,” Ap­pleby told the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Sgt. Joe Ap­pleby from the Per­ryville Po­lice Depart­ment has been named In­struc­tor of the Year” by the Mary­land Po­lice Train­ing Com­mis­sion for his work in train­ing more than 200 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in the dy­nam­ics of crowd con­trol. Here, he was train­ing 28 of­fi­cers in a class held at Ris­ing Sun High School.

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