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Date: 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 24, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

BRING YOUR TOYS FOR TOTS ON YOUR COMMUTE TO THE ICC/LAYHILL ROAD INTERCHANGE

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the national Toys for Tots campaign at the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200. Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 138,000 toys from customers of the toll facilities and the Port of Baltimore.

From Wednesday, Dec. 3 - Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, employees will collect new, unwrapped toys at the ICC/Layhill Road (MD 182) interchange.

Customers who wish to donate toys should follow directions from uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA maintenance staff, who will be on the right shoulders of the ramps from eastbound and westbound ICC to Layhill Road. Officers will direct motorists who need to re-enter the ICC.

"Once again, we are excited about this opportunity for all of the citizens we serve to donate toys for those less fortunate," said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner. "Each year, the men and women of the MDTA look forward to this holiday tradition."

The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites. Toys may be dropped off at designated sites during scheduled times only.

MDTA employees also will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95/I-395), the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal. Toys collected at the ICC will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves base in Baltimore for distribution.

For more information on the MDTA's collection efforts, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For more on the Toys for Tots program, visit toysfortots.org. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 18, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE PROVIDES REMINDERS FOR THE
UPCOMING HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON

BALTIMORE, MD  With the holidays approaching rapidly, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Communications Unit reminds motorists using the States toll facilities to drive safely and remain vigilant during their travels.

Motorists requiring emergency assistance should dial 911. Non-emergency assistance is available by dialing #77. When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide the following:

  • The location of the emergency
  • A call-back telephone number
  • Details of the incident/accident/disabled vehicle/or other circumstances

The dispatcher will ask a series of questions to help ensure that the caller receives the proper emergency response. Motorists are reminded to please be patient with the dispatcher and answer all questions to the best of your ability. The more information provided, the more prepared officers and personnel will be when they arrive on the scene to provide assistance.

"Police dispatchers traditionally have been the life-line for police officers throughout the law enforcement community," said MDTA Police Chief, Colonel Michael Kundrat. "We appreciate our dispatchers and all that they do for our police officers and the public we serve."

Thank you for your cooperation and best wishes for a safe holiday season.

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; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 14, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724
 

MDTA POLICE HOLDING SPECIAL EVENT FOR WOMEN TO JOIN THE RANKS

BALTIMORE, MD  The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police
will host a Women In Law Enforcement Career Night:

Women Empowering Women
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
5-7:30 p.m.

MDTA Police Headquarters
4330 Broening Highway
Baltimore, MD 21222

Next Fridays career night is a great opportunity for women interested in a career in
law-enforcement, said MDTA Police Chief, Colonel Michael Kundrat. I invite
women to come and learn about the MDTA Police Department and our hiring
process.

The MDTA Police are currently recruiting for Police Cadets (ages 17-20), Police
Officers (21 and older) and Lateral Police Officers (Maryland Police and
Correctional Training Commission certified). Following the Career Night
presentation, a written test session will be offered for those interested in joining the
ranks.

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA, facebook.com/TheMDTA, call
1-877-890-8827 or go to mdtapolicerecruiting.com and click on the link for
Women In Law Enforcement Career Night. Those interested in attending should
reserve their seats by filling out the confirmation form and following the online
instructions.

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; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of
Baltimore.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR SIXTH ANNUAL
FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK

2013 Event Raised More Than $40,000

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host the sixth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 21, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the northbound right tunnel tube.

"There is still time to register for this years Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk," said event coordinator MDTA Police Captain Joseph Alton, Jr. "We are excited about this opportunity to raise financial support and awareness of the many vital programs provided by Special Olympics Maryland."

To register or to support a registered runner/walker, visit tunnelrun.org. Awards will be presented in various categories, including the top three overall teams. All event participants are invited to a post-race celebration sponsored by SOMD. The entry fee is $30 during pre-registration and $35 on race day.

All northbound Interstate 95 traffic will be directed through the tunnels northbound left tube until the conclusion of the event at approximately 12 noon. Minimal traffic impact is expected.

As long-time supporters of SOMD, the MDTA Police participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Media planning to cover the event should contact MDTA Police Public Information Officer 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green at 410-537-7724.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN SMOOTH OPERATOR CAMPAIGN

-Second wave starts Sunday-

BALTIMORE, MD  From July 6 - 12, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue its efforts to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the second wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.

"As we head into the holiday weekend, I urge motorists to plan ahead and allow extra travel time during one of the summers peak-travel weekends," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael Kundrat. "MDTA Police will have additional personnel on patrol to deal with the increased traffic volumes and aggressive drivers."

The Smooth Operator Program is a joint effort between law-enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving. The campaign influences motorists to make decisions that help ensure a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.

Smooth Operator began in 1997 and focuses on the four "E"s: Enforcement, Education, Evaluation and Engineering. Law-enforcement agencies throughout the region have increased patrols and public awareness, researched previous campaigns and helped develop long-term roadway solutions. For more information, please visit smoothoperatorprogram.com.

The MDTA Police also support the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov

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 Authoritys highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL

"CLICK IT OR TICKET" ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

MDTA Police Step Up Seatbelt Enforcement

National Campaign May 19 June 1

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will join law-enforcement agencies, the State Highway Administration Office of Traffic and Safety and highway-safety advocates in renewing a pledge to save lives during the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

"I am concerned at the disproportionate rate of young adults dying becausthey were not wearing their seatbelts. Sixty-two percent of 18- to 34-year-old passenger-vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts" said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat. "Although Maryland has made great strides in terms of seatbelt usage, each of us needs to buckle-up every time we travel in a vehicle."

According to recent figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying in 2012. From 2008 to 2012, seatbelts saved nearly 63,000 lives.

NHTSA also reports that, for the first time in five years, fatalities for un-restrained passenger-vehicle occupants have gone up. In 2012, there were 10,335 unbuckled passenger-vehicle occupants who died.

The MDTA Police also support the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov.

Follow the MDTA Police at mdta.maryland.gov.

 

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.
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 the Maryland Transportation Authority Police as the "MDTA" Police. Thank you.

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For Immediate Release:

May 2, 2014

Contact:  1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police held its Annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony today to honor seven officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Off. George Neil Ramsburg, Off. Robert Franklin Pyles Sr., Off. Thomas (Jackie) Roland Crouch, Off. Duke G. Aaron III, Off. Grant Francis Turner, Cpl. Robert Thomas Krauss and Cpl. Courtney Gerald Brooks were honored during the event held at the MDTA Police Headquarters Memorial Garden in Baltimore.

"Today, we are proud to gather to honor and remember our brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice serving the State of Maryland," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael Kundrat. "Our survivors need to know that their loved ones will never be forgotten."

Several survivors joined Col. Kundrat and the MDTA Police Honor Guard at todays ceremony. Former MDTA Police Chief and MSP Superintendant Marcus Brown was also in attendance. Current and retired MDTA Police officers also gathered to honor their fellow officers prior to the start of National Police Week.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MEDIA ADVISORY
MDTA POLICE TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

WHAT: Tomorrow, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will honor their Fallen Officers and their surviving family members at the MDTA Police Memorial Garden.

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014
              10 to 11 a.m.

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

Directions:
 

From northbound and southbound I-95 (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 the 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.

Members of the media who plan to cover the event should contact 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, MDTA Police Public Information Officer, at 410-537-7724.

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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