Sun honors two officers at awards ceremony

April 23, 2002|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer who has been a positive influence on thousands of high school students and a Baltimore County detective who works to put away gun-toting drug dealers and violent felons were named winners yesterday of the Baltimore Sun Police Officer of the Year awards.

Officer Angelo W. Brooks, 34, assigned to the Education and Training Section of the city department, received the award for community service for helping to enrich the lives of students at the Walbrook High School Academy of Criminal Justice since 1996. Fifteen academy graduates recently received full scholarships to universities.

Brooks has also worked with students at Baltimore City Community College.

At the awards luncheon at the Towson Sheraton, Brooks was described as "an unselfish public servant who shares of himself through the enrichment of the young people and is helping to produce productive members and citizens in our society."

Baltimore County Detective Herbert Ellingson, 40, was honored for excellence in law enforcement through numerous narcotics and vice arrests and investigations. Even after the arrests, Ellingson campaigns for his cases to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"If he were a baseball player on my team, he would have a `no trade clause' in his contract," Ellingson's supervisor said in nominating him.

The winners were chosen for the newspaper's 45th annual police awards by a panel of judges from nominees selected by their departments. Nominees included officers who acted with heroism, compassion and diligence.

The winners received an engraved crystal bowl and $1,500.

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