State commission awards Perryville police sergeant
— 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
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.
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.