For Immediate Release

February 3, 2012

Contact: Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-537-7724

GRADUATION CEREMONY HELD FOR MDTA POLICE ACADEMY CLASS #44

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police announced today the graduation of 25 police recruits, who are now sworn to serve the MDTA Police and the Maryland Transit Administration Police. 

"After 31 weeks of demanding training, we are excited to see these men and women reach their goals," said MDTA Senior Police Commander, Mjr. Michael Kundrat. "Each one has worked very hard in earning the privilege to be called a Police Officer."  

After entering the MDTA Police Academy in July 2011, the officer candidates received their badges during graduation exercises held last night at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park.  Mjr. Kundrat was joined by Maryland Transit Administration Police Chief John E. Gavrilis for the badge-pinning ceremony. 

Guest speakers at last nights event included MDTA Chairman Beverley K. Swaim-Staley and MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.

The next step for the 20 new MDTA Police Officers is field training, where each officer will be paired with a Field Training Officer (FTO) for several weeks.  The FTO will bridge the academy training with the practical application of what the officers learned.  Officers will then be assigned to detachments at the MDTAs toll facilities, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.  After successfully completing a two-year probation period, officers will be eligible to pursue a specialized assignment, such as the Special Response Team, K-9 unit, Motor Unit or Detective Unit.