By Blair Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:51 AM EDT, September 13, 2013
Carroll County law enforcement officers were recently recognized at the Maryland Chiefs of Police and Maryland Sheriff's Associations annual Awards Program, which recognizes statewide law enforcement excellence.
Carroll County law enforcement officers received five of the 21 awards issued during the Sept. 9 ceremony.
Cpl. Christopher McMillen of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office was awarded the Community Service Award for his efforts with the "Toys for Tots" program. McMillen coordinated local collection efforts in 2012, enlisting the help of Carroll County Public Libraries, Carroll County Government and Wal-Mart stores in Hampstead, Westminster and Eldersburg.
Nearly 1,500 toys were collected in 2012 and delivered to less fortunate children in the community.
Cpl. Jeffrey Schuster of the Westminster Police Department received the Exceptional Police Performance Award recognizing his work with Westminster's Criminal Investigations Division. A member of the division since 2006, Schuster investigated 91 cases of serious crime in 2012, which is 43 percent of the cases assigned within the division.
Schuster closed 84 percent of those cases through arrest or exceptional clearance.
Cpl. Jonathan Light of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office was recognized with the Contribution to Profession Award for his work transitioning sheriff's personnel from a fantasy based field reporting process into a new network based Records Management System. Use of the new system has increased the speed of information sharing between patrol officers, investigators and prosecutors.
Officer First Class Robert Swartz of the Hampstead Police Department received the Traffic Safety Award for managing Hampstead's Speed Shield Radar sign. Swartz combines the data from the sign with citizen concerns and complaints to create reports for the department to direct traffic safety education and enforcement efforts.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office Selective Enforcement Team (SET) was also recognized with a Traffic Safety Award. The team, including Cpl. Michael Fitzgerald, Master Deputy Mario DeVivio, Master Deputy Brittany Powell, and Master Deputy Conrad Dill, issued 2,767 traffic citations, 2,761 warnings, identified nearly 200 suspended drivers, and completed more than 100 criminal and DUI arrests in 2012.