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Date: Apr 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Apri1 13, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE HONOR TOP COPS

Anne Arundel County Resident Named Officer of the Year

 

BALTIMORE, Md. - Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Chief Col. Woodrow W. Jones yesterday honored sworn and civilian members of the MDTA Police who distinguished themselves during 2016.

"These officers make a difference every day they come to work, either by saving a life, removing impaired drivers from our roadways or by taking dangerous weapons and narcotics off our streets," said Colonel Jones. "I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who serve and protect Maryland's families and visitors as they travel our great State every day."

Anne Arundel County resident and six-year member of the force, Officer Paul Pastorek, was named MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2016. During the year, Officer Pastorek took approximately 2,900 traffic- enforcement actions, making more than 90 arrests, which included 34 impaired drivers. He was named Officer of the Month at the Port of Baltimore Detachment nine times in 2016 and is described as an excellent, self-motivated patrol officer who displays a proactive approach to protecting the Port of Baltimore.

In addition to naming the 2016 Officer of the Year, the MDTA Police presented officers and civilians with more than 100 awards, including Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Top DUI Enforcement Awards, Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year, Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year and Chief's Commendations, among others.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2017

 

Contact: Lt. Kevin Ayd

410-537-7724

 

GOVERNOR HOGAN TO ADDRESS MARYLAND'S NEWEST POLICE OFFICERS

WHAT: Tomorrow night, Governor Larry Hogan will join members of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police for its 49th Recruit Class Graduation Exercises. Sixteen Recruit Candidates will graduate following a rigorous 32-week academic and physical training program. Seven newly graduated MDTA officers will be assigned to police detachments at Maryland's toll facilities, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore. The graduating class also includes seven members of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police and two members of the Greenbelt, Md. Police Department.

 

WHO: Governor Larry Hogan Pete K. Rahn, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation and Chairman, MDTA Col. Woodrow W. Jones, MDTA, Chief of Police Col. John E. Gavrilis, MTA, Chief of Police Major Thomas Kemp, Acting Chief, Greenbelt Police

 

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Dundalk/Sollers Point High School, 1901 Delvale Ave., Dundalk, MD 21222

 

Members of the media who plan to cover the event should contact Lt. Kevin Ayd, MDTA Police Public Information Officer, at 410-537-7724.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP

DISTRACTED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT

National Campaign April 1 – April 30

#parkthephone

 

BALTIMORE, MD – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police are joining law-enforcement agencies nationwide in their efforts to step up enforcement and to heighten motorist awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

“Is that phone call, a text message, or social media post worth your life or someone else’s?,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.  “Absolutely not.”

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s 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, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. 

During the entire month of April, MDTA officers will be conducting high visibility enforcement initiatives and educating the motorist on distracted driving. To end distracted driving starts with motorist parking the phone before your drive. Take the pledge and the commitment to end distracted driving by visiting Distraction.gov.

The MDTA Police supports the Maryland Highway Safety Office “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland’s roadway.  For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland’s citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police.  Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.