For Immediate Release:

March 8, 2013

Contact:  Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724


                      MDTA POLICE HONOR TOP COPS

Harford County Resident Named Officer of the Year

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police held its Annual Awards Ceremony yesterday to honor sworn and civilian members who distinguished themselves during 2012.

Off. Gregory Sampson was named the MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2012.  A Harford County resident and seven-year member of the force, Off. Sampson received the award for his exceptional work and service while assigned to the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) detachment.

Last year, the men and women of the MDTA Police continued to excel as a police force in carrying out its mission, said MDTA Police Chief, Colonel Michael Kundrat. I am proud of each of the recipients who were honored and recognized for their efforts during last nights ceremony.

More than 60 officers and civilians also were honored with Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Chiefs Commendations, Distinguished Service Awards and the Metal of Valor, among others.  Award recipients were nominated by citizens or by fellow employees.

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals.  MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTAs highways, bridges and tunnels, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.

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