Police staff honored for service

Community award is Kindel's

Shiplett Officer of the Year

April 07, 2000|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Three police officers, a civilian secretary and four volunteer officers were recognized for their outstanding work during the annual Howard County law enforcement awards ceremony last night in Ellicott City.

Police Chief Wayne Livesay, County Executive James N. Robey, other officials and friends and families of the officers gathered in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building for the 90-minute ceremony.

Officer Jason Kindel, 29, who patrols the North Laurel area, received the community service award. Cpl. Mark Shiplett, 42, a patrolman in the Northern District, was named Officer of the Year.

Shiplett began his career with the Annapolis Police Department 15 years ago. He was a patrol officer there for three years before coming to Howard's department.

His first assignment was patrolling Columbia. He also has worked in the Community Services Unit as well as in the personnel department.

Last year, Shiplett handled 904 cases, wrote 149 incident reports, made 85 criminal arrests, 65 driving-while-intoxicated arrests and wrote 500 traffic tickets, department records show.

Kindel was a Baltimore police officer for three years before coming to Howard in 1997.

Livesay credited him with being dedicated to community policing and cultivating close ties with businesses in the North Laurel area. Last year, he made 90 criminal arrests. When a teen-ager was shot and killed at a shopping center last year, Kindel and other officers canvassed the area and eventually identified the shooter.

Others who received awards:

Officer Robert W. McKnight received the department's First Year Service award, given to outstanding new officers. Last year, according to department records, McKnight made 75 criminal arrests, handled more than 100 calls for service, issued more than 450 traffic tickets and walked 400 foot patrols.

Edward J. Curry received the Auxiliary Officer of the Year award for the 800 hours he volunteered at the department last year.

Auxiliary Officer Edward L. Wallace received the Auxiliary Community Service Award for the more than 1,500 hours he donated last year to the department and his work for senior citizens.

Herbert Michael Sr., another auxiliary officer who donated 2,045 hours of his time to the department last year, received the Auxiliary Commendation Ribbon.

Auxiliary Officer David A. Wanex received the Auxiliary Certificate of Appreciation for his work catching a would-be car thief last year.

Arlene D. Cunningham, who works in the department's vice and narcotics division, received the Unsung Hero Civilian award for the long hours worked and extra duties she has performed without complaint for the 15 detectives in the division.

Auxiliary police officers have no powers of arrest but donate their time to the department.

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