Story and Photo By Lt. Daniel Schismenos, Traffic Chief, Directorate of Emergency Services
Police officers representing law enforcement agencies throughout Maryland gathered Sept. 6 at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Linthicum to be recognized for their distinctive contributions to highway safety in Maryland.
The 2017 Maryland Traffic Safety Specialist Awards Luncheon acknowledged law enforcement officers who have attained exceptional levels of experience, training and proficiency in highway safety and traffic enforcement methods and procedures.
The following Fort Meade police officers and military police were recognized as a 2017 TSS Award recipient: DACP Officer Brandon Sloce (TSS-II), MP Staff Sgt. Richard Hall (TSS-II), MP Sgt. Thomas Goode (TSS-I), DACP Cpl. Benjamin Hamilton (TSS-I), MP Sgt. Brian Jorgenson (TSS-I), DACP Sgt. Stephen Turner (TSS-I), MP Sgt. David Shirk (TSS-I), and DACP Sgt. Scott Smith (TSS-I).
The TSS designation is awarded by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. The program is open to all police officers, deputy sheriffs and state troopers from all Maryland law enforcement agencies, and to certain federal law enforcement agencies.
More than 1,000 officers are currently enrolled in the program.
TSS designations are awarded at three levels: TSS-I, TSS-II and TSS-III, with each successive level reflecting increasing degrees of experience and specialized training in traffic safety.
Levels II and III also require a completion of a traffic safety project and a submission of a formal paper. which must be reviewed and approved by the TSS Executive Committee.
“Clearly, these award recipients epitomize the spirit of the TSS program,” said Thomas J. Gianni, chief of the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
“Effective traffic enforcement translates to fewer crashes, fewer injuries and fewer deaths on our roadways. Traffic safety is public safety, and we congratulate the awardees on their very distinguished achievement.”
Maj. Kevin Anderson, of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police and a member of the TSS Executive Committee, spoke at the luncheon.
The TSS Program is a collaborative project of the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association, and the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
This program is funded through a grant by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
The Fort Meade Police Department’s officers and military police have been involved in this program since 2012.
Officer William Murray was the Fort Meade police officer to receive the TSS-I designation in September 2012. Spc. Kelsey Levesque was the first military policeman to receive the TSS-1 designation in September 2015.
The Fort Meade Police Department has 23 military and civilian police officers enrolled in the program, 15 having obtained a TSS 1 designation and another four reaching TSS-II. Out of the 23, four of the officers are currently in the process of completing the requirements for TSS-I.