Awards and Scholarship

Dear Maryland Chiefs of Police Association Member:

The Maryland Chiefs of Police Association honors officers and security professionals each year at our annual conference. The attached nomination forms have specific criteria for the “Medal of Honor”,”Traffic Safety” and the “Exceptional Performance” awards as well as our “Scholarship” requirements.

The category breakdown listed below applies for the” Exceptional Police Performance” and “Traffic Safety” awards but will not apply to the “Medal of Honor”, “Exceptional Police Performance Unit Award” or “Exceptional Performance by a Private Security Professional” award. Please note that the categories are determined by an agency’s sworn complement only, not the total complement of both sworn and civilian.

The categories are as follows:
• Category “A” – police agencies with a sworn complement of more than 125 officers.
• Category “B” – police agencies with a sworn complement of 26 – 125 officers.
• Category “C” – police agencies with a sworn complement of 1 – 25 officers.

For your convenience the nomination forms are available below. Please submit your nominee’s name and supporting documentation between January 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Major Ellsworth Jones at 410-313-6083 or via email at ejones@howardcountymd.gov .

General Instructions for Award Submissions

Please Note the earlier deadline for this years award submission: April 30, 2015

1. Nominations for either award should relate to activities undertaken by the nominee between January 1 and December 31, 2014 only.
2. Only those nominations postmarked prior to April 30, 2015, will be considered. Nominations can be submitted electronically to ejones@howardcountymd.gov up to the deadline date.
3. Each department may nominate only one (1) member for each award. Officers can only be nominated for one award except that an officer nominated for the Medal of Honor may also be nominated for the Exceptional Police Performance Award.
4. Nominations will not be considered unless the nomination form is completed in its entirety. Supporting documentation may be attached as deemed appropriate.
5. Awards will be presented to the winners in each category during the Maryland Chiefs of Police/Maryland Sheriffs Association Training Seminar in Ocean City in September 2015.

Completed nomination forms should be mailed to:

Major Ellsworth Jones
Howard County Police Department
3410 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Or via email to: ejones@howardcountymd.gov


Award Nomination Criteria
(For actions taken during the calendar year 2014)

Medal of Honor Award
(One Award Recipient Selected Each Year)

Criteria: This is the highest award conferred upon an officer who, in a life- threatening situation, acted in a manner above and beyond the call of duty.

Commentary: This award is presented to an officer who, in a life-threatening situation displayed exceptional courage, intelligence, alertness and presence of mind. This award usually involves a single event where the nominee’s life was placed in danger while either saving a life or apprehending a dangerous felon.

Exceptional Police Performance Award
(One Award Recipient per Category Selected Each Year)

Criteria: This award is conferred upon a police officer who has made outstanding contributions toward keeping the community safe by performing an exceptional amount and/or quality of police activity, developing and implementing effective policing strategies or tactics, or conducting a skillful and tenacious investigation of a complex and difficult case.

Categories:

A – Police agencies with a sworn compliment of more than 125 officers.
B – Police agencies with a sworn compliment of 26-125 officers.
C – Police agencies with a sworn compliment of 1-25 officers.
Commentary: This award is designed to recognize exceptional work in police patrol, traffic or investigative activities. This would include designing and implementing new or improved operational strategies or tactics that solve crimes, apprehend criminals, recover stolen property or enhance public safety.

Exceptional Police Performance by a Unit/Team/Collaboration
(One Award Recipient Selected Each Year)

Criteria: This award is conferred upon a unit, team or collaboration of personnel who, in combination, made an outstanding contribution to community safety by performing an exceptional amount and/or quality of police activity, developing and implementing effective strategies or tactics, or conducted a skillful and tenacious investigation of a complex and difficult case.

Commentary: This award is designed to recognize exceptional work by a Unit, team or collaboration of personnel in police patrol, traffic or investigative activities. This would include designing and implementing new or improved operational strategies or tactics that solve crimes, apprehend criminals, recover stolen property or enhance public safety.

Exceptional Performance by a Private Security Professional
(One Award Recipient Selected Each Year)

Purpose:
To recognize a Maryland area Security Officer who excelled in the discharge of their duties by taking exemplary on-duty action to protect life and/or property.

Eligibility:
Any individual working in a paid position, directly and primarily responsible for providing security-related services to persons and/or property. Law enforcement officers and Security Administrators are not eligible for this award.

Criteria:
The successful candidate will:
1. Have demonstrated the ability to perform the day-to-day functions of a security officer with demonstrated empathy toward the citizens he serves.
2. Be devoted to duty beyond the requirements of the job which included security duties, customer service, professionalism, community activities, and enhancing the image of the organization.
3. Have positive supervisory performance evaluations for the year under consideration.
4. Have produced quality work and demonstrated above average initiative in the performance of his duties.
5. The nominee shall be considered for a year’s worth of work, not just one particular incident.

The private security professional may be nominated by his employer or site manager. The selection committee will be looking for:
• A security officer who is well rounded
• A security officer who has exceeded above and beyond the duty requirements of his/her position
• A security officer who exemplifies the virtues of professionalism and dedication
• A security officer who has demonstrated a distinct pattern of customer and community service above and beyond assigned duty requirements

Traffic Safety Award
(One Award Recipient per Category Selected Each Year)

Criteria: This award is conferred upon a police officer who has made substantial contributions towards traffic safety. The award is not based solely on enforcement numbers, but on purpose driven enforcement that answers an identified community issue through a mixture of enforcement, commitment and educational efforts.

Categories:

A – Police agencies with a sworn compliment of more than 125 officers.
B – Police agencies with a sworn compliment of 26-125 officers.
C – Police agencies with a sworn compliment of 1-25 officers.

Commentary: The award is designed to recognize exceptional traffic enforcement efforts, including: traffic enforcement conducted, criminal arrests from traffic stops (Looking Beyond the License Plate) and an officer’s clear demonstration of a commitment to traffic safety.

That commitment may be demonstrated via the following criteria:

1. Involvement in educating other officers and/or the public on traffic safety.
2. Initiating and/or participating in traffic safety programs.
3. Exceptional Overall Enforcement efforts.
4. Problem solving or administrative projects that make a substantial contribution to traffic safety.
5. Any combination of the above factors.


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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Maryland Chiefs of Police Association Scholarship Award
(To be awarded for the Fall Semester of 2015)

Each year the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association offers a Scholarship Award opportunity to full-time post-secondary education students enrolled or planning to enroll in a law enforcement curriculum. Residents of the State of Maryland between the ages of 17 and 21 may compete for this prestigious $500.00 scholarship award. Selection of the scholarship recipients will be based on scholastic achievement and community/school involvement. (All scholarship funds will be directed to a college or trade school and not to the individual.)

Completed applications must be returned to a sponsoring local Police Chief for review and signature. The Chief must then forward the application to me, in my role as the Awards Committee Chairman, no later than April 30, 2015 to be considered for the upcoming school year. Eligible nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and one or more winners will be selected. The award notice will be mailed to the scholarship winner/s and a formal award presentation will be made to the recipient by the nominating Chief.

If you have any questions regarding the Scholarship Award, please feel free to contact me at (410) 313-6083.

Sincerely,
Major Ellsworth Jones
Deputy Chief – Operations Command
Howard County Police Department
MCPA Awards Committee Chairman

NOMINATION FORMS

Nomination for Medal of Honor Award 

Nomination for Award for Exceptional Performance
(This is for all three Exceptional Police Performance categories as well as for the Unit and Private Security Professional awards)

Nomination for Traffic Safety Award

Scholarship Fund Application

2013 MCPA AWARD WINNERS AND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

MEDAL OF HONOR
Police Officer First Class Christopher Helphenstine
AND
Police Officer First Class Jason L. Schneider (Posthumously)
Baltimore County Police (Chief James Johnson)

EXCEPTION POLICE PERFORMANCE (Category A - 125 + Officers)
Police Officer First Class Brian Reger
Howard County Police Department (Chief Gary Gardner)

EXCEPTION POLICE PERFORMANCE (Category B - 26-125 Officers)
Corporal Jesse Clagett
Westminster Police Department (Chief Jeff Spaulding)

EXCEPTION POLICE PERFORMANCE (Category C - 1-25 Officers)
Chief George N. Ball Jr.
Trappe Police Department

EXCEPTION POLICE PERFORMANCE BY A UNIT/TEAM/COLLABORATION
MSP State Apprehension Team
Maryland State Police (Colonel Marcus L. Brown)

EXCEPTION PERFORMANCE – PRIVATE SECURITY PROFESSIONAL
Sergeant Nancy Kutz
Anne Arundel Community College (Director of Public Safety Gary Lyle)

TRAFFIC SAFETY AWARD (Category A - 125 + Officers)
Police Officer First Class Christopher Johanson
Howard County Police Department (Chief Gary Gardner)

TRAFFIC SAFETY AWARD (Category B - 26-125 Officers)
Lieutenant Scott D. Harner
Ocean City Police Department (Chief Ross Buzzuro)

TRAFFIC SAFETY AWARD (Category C - 1-25 Officers)
Corporal Robert Lee Swartz
Hampstead Police Department (Chief Kenneth Meekins)

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS ($500 each)
(1) Award Winner : Ms. Morgan Elizabeth Johnson - Penn State University
Sponsor: Chief Thomas J. Ledwell - Frederick Police Department
(2) Award Winner : Mr. Mark T. Wright - Stevenson University
Sponsor: Colonel Johnson - Maryland Natural Resources Police
(3) Award Winner : Ms. Caitlyn Hasiuk – University of Maryland College Park
Sponsor: Chief James Johnson - Baltimore County Police Department
(4) Award Winner: Ms. Isabella Phillips – Liberty University
Sponsor: Chief Les Hutton – Hurlock Police Department
(5) Award Winner : Mr. Zachary Forschen - University of North Dakota
Sponsor: Sheriff Mike Evans – Calvert County Sheriff’s Department