25 police recruits to graduate in ceremony tonight

November 22, 1995|By Charles R. Wolpoff | Charles R. Wolpoff,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Howard County Police Department grows by 25 officers tonight, with the graduation of the latest class of recruits.

The graduation ceremony at Howard Community College will increase the department's size to 340 sworn officers, police said. A sheriff's department deputy also will graduate.

"It will mean more coverage for the county, quicker response time," said Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker.

This year's graduating class includes three black males, four white females and 18 white males.

Mr. Ecker said the department is continuing its efforts to recruit minority women. "We have several African-American recruiters. Hopefully, we will be more successful," he said.

The department currently has nine minority female officers.

During the eight-month training program, the recruits received classroom instruction and field training.

Graduating recruit Lauren Markley was at the scene last week of one of the few shootings by county police in recent years. The recruit's partner, Pfc. Tyrone Queen, shot and wounded a man who police said tried to hit him with a stolen car.

In August, the class of recruits joined detectives and police crime lab members in searching the woods near a Woodstock stream for clues concerning a recently discovered body.

The department is set to begin training another recruit class in January.

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