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Date: 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 2, 2015

       

JERRY JONES NAMED CHIEF OF

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION

AUTHORITY POLICE

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has named Jerry Jones, a law-enforcement veteran with 27 years of experience, as its new Chief  of Police.

In 1988, Colonel Jones began his career as a Maryland State Police Cadet.  Since that time, he has been a patrol trooper and criminal investigator and has held various supervisory and command positions in the Criminal Investigation Bureau and Field Operations Bureau.  He also served as a barrack commander in Easton and Annapolis, a troop commander for the Eastern Shore and a regional commander for the Eastern Shore, southern Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area.

Colonel Jones retired from the Maryland State Police as Chief of the Field Operations Bureau, a key member of the command staff responsible for leading a patrol force of nearly 1,000 sworn and civilian staff assigned to 22 barracks throughout Maryland.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the men and women of the MDTA Police as we protect and serve the citizens of Maryland and secure critical transportation assets across the State,” said Colonel Jones.

A lifelong Eastern Shore resident, Colonel Jones holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of its Police Executive Leadership Program.  He served on traffic-safety committees for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan, among others.

 

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

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 1, 2015

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

 

BRING YOUR TOYS FOR TOTS ON YOUR COMMUTE DEC. 9 - 11

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTAstaff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the national Toys for Tots campaign at the Baltimore harbor crossings. Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 142,000 toys from customers of the toll facilities and the Port of Baltimore.

From Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, employees will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95) and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore, and also at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal.

"We are excited about this opportunity for all of the Maryland residents we serve to donate toys for those less fortunate," said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee. "Each year, the men and women of the MDTA look forward to this holiday tradition."

Toll facility customers who wish to donate toys should use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from Santa, uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA staff. (Note: This includes E-ZPass® customers who wish to drop off toys.) The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites. Toys may be dropped off during scheduled times only. Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes.

Toys collected at the Baltimore-area facilities will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves base in northeast 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2015
 
CONTACT: First Sgt. Jonathan Green, MDTA Police
410-537-7724
Tammy M. Brown, State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore City
443-845-4972
 
MDTA POLICE URGE WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD FROM WEDNESDAY'S ARMORED CAR CASH SPILL IN HARBOR TUNNEL
Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office Offers Immunity for Those Returning Cash within 48 Hours
 
 
MD Transportation Authority Police detectives are urging anyone with information regarding Wednesday night's incident in the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) to come forward. The Baltimore City State's Attorney has indicated that anyone who may have taken cash that spilled into the tunnel can return it to the MDTA Police by 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015, without facing criminal prosecution.
 
Contact the MDTA Police immediately at 410-537-1208 or email mdtadetectiveunit@mdta.state.md.us
 
 
At approximately 7:40 p.m. Wednesday night, a Brinks armored vehicle was traveling in the southbound Harbor Tunnel when its rear doors opened, spilling cash inside the tunnel. All I-895 traffic was detoured for clean-up, and the tunnel reopened at approximately 3:40 a.m. today.
 
Preliminary information suggests the armored vehicle's door security malfunctioned, leading to the incident. Several motorists cooperated with police at the scene; however, the early investigation indicates that not all of the money under transport was recovered. This dollar amount is not publicly
available due to the ongoing investigation.
 
Those who do not take advantage of this offer of immunity will be pursued on charges of theft.
 
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 Authority's 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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BALTIMORE, MD - April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police are stepping up enforcement in an effort to educate motorists about distracted driving. April 8 16, the MDTA Police will conduct a traffic-safety initiative at MDTA toll facilities statewide.

"Distracted driving continues to cause vehicle collisions on our nations highways, "said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael T. Kundrat. "Our goal with this initiative is to reduce the number of crashes caused by distracted driving and to educate motorists about its dangers."

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a persons attention away from the primary task of driving. MDTA Police officers will focus on handheld cell phone use, including phone calls and texting while driving. The fines for using a handheld phone while a vehicle is in motion range from $83 for the first offense to $160 for the third offense.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 3,154 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers. This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012. Unfortunately, approximately 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012. For additional information, visit distraction.gov or the Maryland Highway Safety Office at mhso.mva.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.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2015

 

Contacts: Lt. Kevin Ayd, MDTA Police, 410-977-5772

 

MDTA POLICE HONOR TOP COPS

Harford County Resident Named Officer of the Year

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan's Homeland Security Advisor Col. Thomas E. Hutchins and Executive Director of the Office of Crime Control and Prevention Christopher B. Shank joined 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 2014.

"Our bridges, tunnels, highways, ports and airports are critical to our daily lives," said Executive Director Gartner. "These are the public servants who put their lives on the line to help keep our citizens and visitors safe and secure as they use these vital transportation facilities. Without them, we could not have a solid transportation system that makes a difference for Maryland."

MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2014. A Harford County resident and a 4-year member of the force; Off. Burnett received the award for his exceptional work and service while assigned to the MDTA Police detachment at the Inter-County Connector. He is a well-rounded officer and a leader in criminal and traffic enforcement.

"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 Kundrat. "I am proud of Off. Burnett and 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, Chief's Commendations, Distinguished Service Awards and Top DUI Enforcement officers, among others. Award recipients were nominated by citizens or by fellow employees.

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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