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Milestones

 
 2013
  • Michael T. Kundrat named Chief of Police
 2012
  • March 24, 2012 the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police honored with the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) TRI-ARC Excellence Award.
TRI-ARC Award
 2010
  • Re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
  • The Honor Guard’s Rifle Team put in to service.
 2008
  • Assumed law enforcement responsibilities for the Motor Vehicle Administration Headquarters.
 2007 
  • Marcus L. Brown appointed Chief of Police 
  • The Electronic Toll Enforcement Section was formed to aggressively enforce chronic violations of the EZ Pass system.
  • Re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
 2006
  • Mobile Command Vehicle put in to service.
 2005
  • Marine Unit activated.
 2004
  • The K-9 Unit receives its first Narcotics Detection canines.
  • The Maryland Transportation Authority Police opens its Emergency Operations Center.
  • Re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
 

 2003

  • Gary McLhinney appointed Chief of Police.

  • Motor Unit activated.

 

 2001

  • The K-9 Unit assumes K-9 responsibilities at Baltimore Washington International Airport from the Maryland State Police. The handlers and canines attend a twelve week Transportation Security Administration explosive detection course at Lackland AFB.
  • The MDTAP received its initial national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • The MDTAP’s Police Memorial Garden was constructed to honor the MDTAP officers and the officers of merged agencies who were killed in the line of duty.

 

 2000
  • The Maryland Transportation Authority Police voted “Best Dressed State Law Enforcement Agency” by the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors.
 

 1999

  • Police vehicle markings changed from a white color scheme to black.
  
  • The Traffic Safety Unit (renamed Homeland Enforcement and Traffic Unit in 2001) created.

 1998

  • The Maryland General Assembly abolishes the Maryland Port Administration Police and merges its members with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police giving the MDTAP law enforcement responsibility for the Port of Baltimore’s facilities.
  • Bicycle Patrol Unit activated at BWI Airport.

 1997

  • Larry Harmel appointed Chief of Police.

 1995

  • The I-95 Commercial Vehicle Weight Station and Inspection Complex in Perryville, Md., dedicated. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Division (now Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit) assumed operational and law enforcement responsibilities at the facility.

  1994

  • To reflect the department’s expanding mission, the Maryland Toll Facilities Police were renamed the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Force. The blue and white Toll Facilities Police uniforms were replaced with gray and black uniforms.
  • The Maryland Transportation Authority Police officially assumed law enforcement responsibilities at Baltimore Washington International Airport.

 1993

  • The Maryland Toll Facilities Police headquarters building was completed at the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

 1988

  • The Maryland Toll Facilities Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Division began operations at the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, and the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

 1987

  • The first Maryland Toll Facilities Police Cadet Training Course commenced.

 1985

  • The Maryland Toll Facilities Police were assigned law enforcement duties at the newly opened Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95).
  • The Honor Guard was established.

 1982

  • Edward Hechmer appointed Chief of Police.

 1981

  • Major Walter Wallace retired from his position as Commander of the Maryland Toll Facilities Police and was replaced by Acting Commander Lionel Foote.
 

 1977

  • The Maryland Toll Facilities Police were assigned law enforcement duties at the newly opened Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695).
  • Maryland Toll Facilities Police Commander John Zimmerer retired and was replaced by Major Walter Wallace.
 

 1976

  • The Maryland Toll Facilities Police Training Academy established as a state-authorized, regional training facility.
 

 1973

  • The parallel structure of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge opened. The Maryland Toll Facilities Police were assigned law enforcement duties.
 

 1971

  • The State Roads Commission Bridge Guards merged with the Harbor Tunnel Special Police Force to form the Maryland Toll Facilities Police. Captain John J. Zimmerer was appointed first commander. As a result of the merger, responsibilities were combined at the following facilities: the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301).

 1957

  • The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) opened and the Harbor Tunnel Special Police Force was established. Captain John J. Zimmerer served as commander. John Holt pictured.

 1952

  • The original span of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge opened, connecting Queen Anne's and Anne Arundel counties across the Chesapeake Bay, via US 50/301. State Roads Commission Bridge Guards were assigned to patrol the facility.
 

 1940

  • The Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (the oldest of Maryland's toll facilities) opened, extending US 40 over the Susquehanna River from Perryville to Havre de Grace. State Roads Commission Bridge Guards were assigned to patrol the facility.
  • The Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge opened, extending US 301 over the Potomac River from Newburg, MD, to Dahlgren, VA. State Roads Commission Bridge Guards were assigned to patrol the facility.
 

 1937

  • The State Roads Commission began a bridge and tunnel-construction program financed by tolls collected on the completed projects (Chapter 356, Acts of 1937). This program led to the construction of the Susquehanna and Potomac River Bridges, Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge.
 

 1908

  • The State Roads Commission was created (Chapter 141, Acts of 1908) with the power to construct, improve and maintain roads and highways throughout Maryland.

 

 

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