FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2014
Contacts: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, MDTA Police, 410-537-7724
Matthew Verghese, Lt. Governor’s Office, 410-701-0131
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN HONORS
TOP MDTA COPS
Anne Arundel County Resident Named Officer of the Year
BALTIMORE, MD – Yesterday evening, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joined Transportation Deputy Secretary Wilson H. Parran, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner and MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael T. Kundrat to honor sworn and civilian members of the MDTA Police who distinguished themselves during 2013.
“Members of the MDTA Police play a key role in protecting some of Maryland’s most vital transportation facilities,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “From the Port of Baltimore and BWI Marshall Airport to our bridges, tunnels and highways, these outstanding men and women are vital to our efforts to build a stronger economy by keeping people and commerce moving safely and efficiently in Maryland.”
During the ceremony, which was held at the MDTA Police Headquarters located near the Key Bridge in Baltimore, Off. Paul Pastorek was named the MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2013. An Anne Arundel County resident and three-year member of the force, Off. Pastorek received the award for his exceptional work and service while assigned to the MDTA Police detachment at the Port of Baltimore. He is a well-rounded officer and a leader in criminal and traffic enforcement.
“Maryland citizens have invested billions in essential transportation facilities and we owe it to them not only to maintain and preserve them, but to protect these assets and the people who rely on them every day,” said Deputy Secretary Parran. “The accomplishments of the MDTA Police in 2013 epitomize the long-standing tradition of service and excellence members display year after year.”
In 2013, MDTA Police officers made more than 400 criminal arrests, arrested more than 1,100 individuals for suspected Driving Under the Influence offenses, issued nearly 170,000 traffic citations and warnings and inspected more than 25,000 commercial vehicles.
“Last year, the men and women of the MDTA Police continued to excel as a police force in carrying out its mission,” said Col. Kundrat. “I am proud of Off. Pastorek and each of the recipients who were honored and recognized for their efforts during last night’s ceremony.”
More than 80 officers and civilians also were honored with Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Chief’s Commendations, Distinguished Service Awards and Top DUI enforcement officers, among others. Award recipients were nominated by citizens or fellow employees.
The MDTA Police have played a vital role in the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to enhance homeland security through intelligence and information sharing, Closed Circuit TV deployment, trainings and exercises and the new statewide interoperable radio system, Maryland FiRST.
A nationally accredited force, the MDTA Police is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.
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