For the past 43 years, The Baltimore Sun has recognized outstanding performance in Maryland's Law Enforcement community through its annual Baltimore Sun Police Officer of the Year awards. Each officer below was nominated by a superior officer for exemplary service and accomplishments the previous year in Law Enforcement and Community Service.
Yesterday, nominated officers, their families and their commanding officers attended a gala luncheon where two winners were presented with an engraved Police Officer of the Year crystal and $1,500. The Baltimore Sun thanks and applauds each winner and every nominee for their commitment to duty, excellence in law enforcement and service to the people of Maryland.
We also thank the following distinguished panel of judges for their time and insight in making difficult selections from over one hundred outstanding officers: Barbara Allison, Judicial Assistant, District Court of Maryland; Dr. Benjamin Wright, Professor at the University of Baltimore, Department of Criminal Justice; and Steve Bocian, Chief of the Criminal and Justice Division of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration for Maryland.
2001 Police Officers of the Year
Officer First Class Dewey is trained in problem solving and crime prevention, heads the Police Community Relations Council Meetings, serves as the Domestic Violence Coordinator for Precinct 11, and still does an abundance of volunteer work. Her dedication to the public is an inspiration to all.
Last year, Officer Jason Kindel handled 926 incidents, 127 criminal arrests, obtained search and seizure warrants, issued 400 traffic citations, and was responsible for several illegal drug arrests. Officer Kindel's impressive record is certainly worthy of his Police Officer of the Year honors.