Feb. 1, 2013

Contact: Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772 (cell)

CLASS #45                                 

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police announced today the graduation of 35 police recruits, who are now sworn to serve the MDTA Police, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police and the Perryville Police Department.

After 29 weeks of demanding training, we are excited to see these men and women reach their goals, said MDTA Acting Police Chief Major 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 2012, the officer candidates received their badges during graduation exercises held last night at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, Md.  Major Kundrat was joined by Maryland Transit Administration Police Chief John E. Gavrilis and Perryville Police Department Chief Charles V. Wernz, Jr., for the badge-pinning ceremony.  Speakers at last nights event included Major Kundrat and MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.

The next step for the 30 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, at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and at 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.