Cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers awarded by state agency for ef­forts

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Charles County Sher­iff Troy D. Berry (D) an­nounced Master Cpl. David Baden and Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer First Class Al Davis were re­cently honored by the Mary­land Cor­rec­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (MCAA) for their out­stand­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice ef­forts. The of­fi­cers were honored at an awards lun­cheon held on May 9 in Ti­mo­nium.

“M/Cpl. Baden and CFC Davis’ ded­i­ca­tion to ser­vice, both be­hind the walls of the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter as well as in the com­mu­nity, rep­re­sents ev­ery as­pect of CCSO P.R.I.D.E (Pro­fes­sion­al­ism, Re­spect, In­tegrity, Duty, Ex­cel­lence),” Berry said. “Cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers walk one of the tough­est beats in law en­force­ment, and many still find the time to vol­un­teer de­spite work­ing shift work year-round, in­clud­ing week­ends and hol­i­days. It is great to see or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the MCAA rec­og­niz­ing their tremen­dous im­pact on our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The MCAA es­tab­lished the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Awards Pro­gram (CSAP) “to rec­og­nize and honor cor­rec­tional em­ploy­ees and/or cor­rec­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions for their self­less ef­forts to bet­ter their com­mu­ni­ties.” Award re­cip­i­ents are se­lected from nomina­tions made by their col­leagues and co­work­ers. MCAA Pres­i­dent Dan Lasher and Com­mit­tee Chair Ge­orge Hardinger pre­sented the awards.

Baden is an 18-year veteran of the CCSO, and was born and raised in South­ern Mary­land. Baden serves as a dea­con at the Hugh­esville Bap­tist Church and also is on its benev­o­lence com­mit­tee. He par­tic­i­pates in sev­eral church out­reach projects which in­clude pro­vid­ing food for the un­der­priv­i­leged and re­pair­ing homes for church mem­bers, and also vol­un­teers his time for the An­nual Sports­man Ban­quet, the Par­a­lyzed Vet­er­ans Fish­ing Tour­na­ment, and Turkey Shoot Tour­na­ment. His su­per­vi­sor, Sgt. Thomas Bai­ley, said in the press re­lease, “M/Cpl. Baden man­ages his vol­un­teer work while work­ing shift work as a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer. He is an ex­am­ple for his peers to strive for.”

Davis has been with the CCSO for seven years and de­votes a great deal of time giv­ing back to the Charles County com­mu­nity. He has served as an ad­vi­sor, men­tor and train­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Charles County Ex­plor­ers Post 1658, and is also an ad­vo­cate for the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion (MDA).

In June 2016, Davis used a week of va­ca­tion time to vol­un­teer at the MDA’s week-long overnight camp held at Camp Maria in St. Mary’s County. In ad­di­tion to be­ing in charge of a cabin of six campers, Davis served meals and as­sisted the chil­dren with arts and crafts as well as other camp ac­tiv­i­ties. He also par­tic­i­pates in the Bounce Out Stigma Bas­ket­ball Camp hosted by the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees, as well as the CCSO’s Shop With a Cop and Christ­mas Con­nec­tion pro­grams.

“We are very proud of the work M/Cpl. Baden and CFC Davis are do­ing in our com­mu­nity and at the de­ten­tion cen­ter,” said CCDC Di­rec­tor Bran­don Foster. “They ex­em­plify the spirit of com­mu­nity, and never look for recog­ni­tion for what they do. It’s great that or­ga­ni­za­tions like the MCAA rec­og­nize their ef­forts and the dif­fer­ence they are mak­ing.”


Master Cpl. David Baden and MCAA Pres­i­dent Dan Lasher.

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