Police officers from Howard and Baltimore counties received top honors yesterday at the 44th Police Officer of the Year awards luncheon in Towson.
Officer 1st Class Betty L. Dewey of Baltimore County received the Excellence in Community Service Award, and Officer Jason M. Kindel of Howard County was given the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for 2000.
Kindel, who joined the force three years ago, works in the county's Southern District Patrol Division. Last year, he handled 926 incidents, made 127 arrests, issued more than 400 traffic citations and was responsible for several drug arrests, according to a police letter nominating him.
Dewey, a recipient last year of the Governor's Certificate of Merit for Crime Prevention, is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County force. She works as domestic violence coordinator in the Essex Precinct and leads Police Community Relations Council meetings.
A police summary of Dewey's activities notes that she has led "a meaningful volunteer effort to reach out to those in need in her precinct." She has taught behavior-management courses to juvenile offenders, led a successful Christmas Food and Toy Drive in the precinct, and supervised the Torch Run fund-raising activities for Special Olympics.
The Police Officer of the Year winners receive a crystal plate and $1,500.
The program, sponsored by The Sun, recognizes outstanding work by officers in city and county police departments and sheriff's offices, as well as the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Natural Resources Police, and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This year's program drew 94 nominations.