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Date: Mar 2013


March 21, 2013

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



"Join the Ranks"

WHAT: The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will host its fourth Police Cadet
             Career Night. This event is designed provide high school seniors and graduates
            (ages 17-20) with information about becoming an to MDTA Police Cadet.
WHO:    Lt. Colonel Eric Garrison, MDTA Police Deputy Chief
              Maj. Joseph Ruff, Commander Support Services Division

WHEN: 5:00 to 7:15 p.m.
             Friday, March 22, 2013

WHERE: MDTA Police Headquarters, Multipurpose Room
               4330 Broening Highway
               Baltimore, MD 21222

Directions:  From northbound and southbound I-95: Take Keith Avenue (Exit 56).  At the traffic signal at the end of the ramp, turn left onto Keith Avenue.  Follow Keith Avenue, which merges into Broening Highway.  Proceed past Seagirt Marine Terminal and Turners Station.  As Broening Highway begins to merge with I-695, make a left at sign for MDTA Police Headquarters.  Proceed into the parking lot.

From I-695 east (over the Francis Scott Key Bridge): Take the first exit past the toll plaza (Exit 44).  At the bottom of the ramp, turn right into the parking lot. 

From I-695 west: Make an immediate right after the Key Bridge toll plaza into the parking lot.  Continue through the power gate and turn right onto Authority Drive.  At the end of Authority Drive, make a right at Broening Highway.  As Broening Highway begins to merge with I-695, make a left at the sign for MDTA Police Headquarters.  Proceed into the parking lot.



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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Note:  If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority Police as the MDTA Police.  Thank you.



March 1, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks



BALTIMORE, MD - Following a national recruitment, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) has named MDTA Police Major Michael Kundrat as its new Chief of Police effective today.

Chief Kundrat joined the MDTA Police in March 2007 at the rank of Major and served as Chief of Staff and Patrol Commander before being named Acting Police Chief in August 2011.  His State service was preceded by a 26-year career with the Baltimore Police Department.

Chief Kundrat was selected following an extensive interview process of highly qualified candidates, said MDTA Board Member and Human Resource Committee Chair Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun Sr.   Chief Kundrat brings to this position a decorated police career of progressive responsibility and leadership, a successful tenure as Acting MDTA Police Chief, a commitment to diversity and a solid strategic vision for the MDTA Police force.  Chief Kundrat is a leader and partner of the highest professionalism and integrity. 

The MDTA received 82 applications in response to the October-November 2012 recruitment.  Twenty-nine applicants met the mandatory education and experience requirements, with 12 moving into the interview process.

The MDTA Police are a critical element of everything we do at the Authority, and I am confident in Chief Kundrats ability to lead the seventh largest police force in the State, said MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  Chief Kundrat shares my passion for training, equipping and motivating a top-notch police force.  He understands that the MDTA Police not only enforce and protect, but serve Marylands citizens and visitors.

Through Chief Kundrats leadership, the MDTA Police became the States first police agency to earn the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) TriArc Award.  Only six other police agencies nationwide have received this prestigious award.

Being named MDTA Police Chief is an honor for me and my family.  I have been entrusted with significant responsibility and vow to be a role model for my command staff and officers as we uphold the laws of our State and serve our fellow citizens, said Chief Kundrat.

After growing up in Westminster, Md., Chief Kundrat joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1980.  He began his career as a patrol officer in the Northeast District and went on to become a supervisor and commander in the Patrol Division, the Tactical Section (SWAT) and the Criminal Intelligence Section.  He was serving as Commander of the Southeast District when he retired.  Chief Kundrat has received numerous awards during his career, including the Silver Star and Bronze Star from the Baltimore Police.

Chief Kundrat lives in Harford County with his wife of 28 years.  They have three sons.