The Maryland State Police announced Monday the first major promotion and transfer lists by recently appointed superintendent Col. Terrence B. Sheridan, moves that focus on troopers entering direct law enforcement roles and putting commanders in barracks in or near their counties of residence.
Of the 23 state police barracks, 15 are now commanded by lieutenants who live in the county where they serve. Five commanders live in a contiguous county and three others live no more than two counties from their service area, Sheridan said in a prepared statement.
"It is important to have commanders policing within the communities where they live," said Sheridan.
Sheridan said he has been surveying the ranks of the state police to determine where troopers can be moved from administrative positions back into direct law enforcement roles.
Over the weekend, eight troopers were transferred to field assignments with front-line policing duties.
In addition, three captains were promoted to major, two lieutenants to captain and five sergeants to lieutenant, Sheridan announced.
A promotions ceremony for the 10 troopers is set for 1 p.m. today at the state police academy, on the grounds of Springfield State Hospital in Sykesville.