MDTA Po­lice honor top cops, civil­ians

Record Observer - - COMMUNITY -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and the Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA will host a free Fam­ily Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Satur­day, May 6. Ac­tiv­i­ties will be held in the field space be­hind QACDSS at 125 Comet Drive and be­side the YMCA.

There will be free ham­burg­ers and hot dogs pro­vided by Doc’s River­side Grille, Rita’s Ital­ian Ice, pop­corn and cot­ton candy. Fun for the kids in­cludes face paint­ing, a pet­ting zoo, life size Jenga, moon bounces, bal­loons, fire truck and more.

QACDSS Di­rec­tor Su­san Cop­page said, “I am proud of our staff who have worked so hard putting this to­gether. We are re­ally ex­cited to pro­vide a free event for fam­i­lies to spend qual­ity time to­gether.”

BAL­TI­MORE — On April 12, Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­ity Po­lice Chief Col. Woodrow W. Jones honored sworn and civil­ian mem­bers of the MDTA Po­lice who distin­guished them­selves dur­ing 2016.

“These of­fi­cers make a dif­fer­ence ev­ery day they come to work, ei­ther by sav­ing a life, re­mov­ing im­paired driv­ers from our road­ways or by tak­ing dan­ger­ous weapons and nar­cotics off our streets,” said Jones. “I am proud to stand shoul­der to shoul­der with the men and women who serve and pro­tect Mary­land’s fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors as they travel our great State ev­ery day.”

Anne Arun­del County res­i­dent and six-year mem­ber of the force, Of­fi­cer Paul Pa­s­torek, was named MDTA Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year for 2016. Dur­ing the year, Pa­s­torek took some 2,900 traf­fi­cen­force­ment ac­tions, mak­ing more than 90 ar­rests, which in­cluded 34 im­paired driv­ers. He was named Of­fi­cer of the Month at the Port of Bal­ti­more De­tach­ment nine times in 2016 and is de­scribed as an ex­cel­lent, self-mo­ti­vated pa­trol of­fi­cer who dis­plays a proac­tive ap­proach to pro­tect­ing the Port of Bal­ti­more.

In ad­di­tion to nam­ing the 2016 Of­fi­cer of the Year, the MDTA Po­lice pre­sented of­fi­cers and civil­ians with more than 100 awards, in­clud­ing Awards of Ex­cel­lence, Life­sav­ing Awards, Top DUI En­force­ment Awards, Law En­force­ment Su­per­vi­sor of the Year, Mo­tor Car­rier In­spec­tor of the Year, Dis­patcher of the Year and Chief’s Com­men­da­tions, among oth­ers.

Queen Anne’s County res­i­dent, Of­fi­cer Michael Gal­li­her was rec­og­nized for Top DUI En­force­ment. Gal­li­her is as­signed to the Bay Bridge.

Other of­fi­cers as­signed to the Bay Bridge De­tach­ment who were rec­og­nized in­clude Of­fi­cer Nicholas Wal­trip for Top DUI En­force­ment, Of­fi­cer Wil­liam Hotz with a Life Sav­ing Award and Of­fi­cer Leroy Posey with a Life Sav­ing Award and over­all Bay Bridge De­tach­ment Of­fi­cer of the Year.

Ad­di­tional recog­ni­tion went to Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices em­ploy­ees, Kevin Bren­ner and Deb­bie Hop­kins, who re­ceived a Life Sav­ing Award.

Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices re­ceived a Life Sav­ing Award from the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­ity Po­lice. From left: Chief Scott Wheat­ley, Lt. Kevin Bren­ner, Sgt. Deb­bie Hop­kins and Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Joseph Ciotola.

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