The Westminster Police Department recently handed out awards and recognized WPD employees, a volunteer and a local citizen for their contributions to the department in 2018.
Additionally, at the May 22 ceremony at McDaniel College, Chief Thomas Ledwell acknowledged those recently promoted to deputy chief, captain, lieutenant and sergeant.
Westminster Councilman Tony Chiavacci, who is chairman of the public safety committee, expressed gratitude and appreciation to each of the award recipients on behalf of the Mayor and Common Council in a news release. Chiavacci is quoted as saying: “The Mayor and Council take great pride in the work that the Westminster Police Department does every day to insure that the citizens and visitors to Westminster can enjoy life here in a safe and friendly environment."
Police Officer of the Year: A detective (name withheld due to current assignment) who is assigned to the Carroll County Drug Task Force was awarded Police Officer of the Year for his significant contributions during 2018 regarding drug investigations and for helping to combat the current national drug epidemic.
Civilian of the Year: Administrative Assistant Karen Bullock has been a member of the Westminster Police Department for 19 years. Bullock completes departmental payroll, transcribes for the Criminal Investigations Bureau, and coordinates departmental events, such as police officer swearing-in, promotional, and awards ceremonies. Bullock has been an integral part of WPD’s community events, such as Shop with a Cop (both holiday and back to school), Special Olympics Torch Run, and Cops on Rooftops.
Catherine’s Cause DUI Enforcement Award: Catherine’s Cause is an anti-drunk driving organization founded by Cindy and Phil Mullikin following the death of their daughter, Catherine, who was killed by a drunk driver on Nov. 28, 1998 at age 20. The 2018 Catherine’s Cause Impaired Driving Enforcement Award was presented to Cpl. Jesse Clagett for his 25 DUI arrests. Clagett has been recognized in the Circuit Court for Carroll County as an “expert witness” regarding the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test or HGN. HGN is one of a series of Standardized Field Sobriety tests used to determine a driver’s level of sobriety.
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Chief’s Commendation Award: Det. Sgt. Richard Lambert was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Bureau in July and was assigned 29 criminal cases, including armed robberies, first degree assaults, burglaries, thefts, frauds, and death investigations. He also authored and executed ten search and seizure warrants and made nine criminal arrests. Lambert was recognized for his ongoing dedication to the Westminster Police Department and his overall consistent professionalism.
Chief’s Commendation Award: PFC Timothy Rife handled 550 calls for police service and issued 478 Maryland State Motor Vehicle Citations, 694 motor vehicle warnings, 172 Safety Equipment Repair Orders. He also generated 83 police contacts by utilizing his mobile data computer. Recently promoted, Sgt. Rife is a Field Training Officer, assisting with the training of new officers. Additionally, he actively participates as a member of the Crisis Intervention Team.
Chief’s Commendation Award: PFC Spencer Voland was patrolling the top floor of the Longwell Parking Garage when he observed a 12-year-old boy sitting with his legs hanging over the edge of the retaining wall. The child stated that he wanted to die. PFC Voland was able to convince the child to walk away from the ledge. His quick actions allowed him to successfully de-escalate this situation.
Life Saving Award: PFC Allan Bullington was recognized for his exemplary response to an unconscious individual in need of imminent medical attention. Bullington responded for a reported drug overdose and, upon arrival, observed an unresponsive male who was not breathing and had no detectable pulse. He immediately began CPR until medics responded to relieve him. Upon their arrival, they were able to locate a pulse and transported him to Carroll Hospital Center. Bullington utilized his training, knowledge and experience to respond appropriately to this life threatening emergency, swiftly administering CPR that most definitely assisted in saving the life of this individual.
Maryland State Crisis Intervention Team Award: Sergeant Adam Laser has been a member of the Carroll County Crisis Intervention Team since 2014. Laser has used his CIT skills and training as a member of the Carroll County Hostage Negotiation Team and assisted in the development of a program at Winters Mill High School that supports students with mental health and behavioral health diagnosis in communicating with law enforcement and feeling safe and comfortable during these times. Laser was recognized by the Maryland State CIT for his work in Carroll County.
Sons of the American Revolution Award: Sgt. Timothy Rife is the 2018 recipient of Sons of American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal. The Westminster Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has been serving Carroll County since 1985 and they recognize those in Law Enforcement as well as other areas of the community who keep strong the ideals of freedom that our ancestors fought for.
Volunteer of the Year: Auxiliary Lt. Kenny Carlisle has been a volunteer with the Westminster Police Department for approximately 25 years. Carlisle functions in a leadership role within the WPD Auxiliary Unit and is an invaluable asset to the Auxiliary Unit, assisting with various community events throughout the year. He spends countless hours at the WPD, completing tasks such as filing and shredding, ordering supplies, assisting with vehicle transports, and completing the mail run.