Laurel Mayor Craig Moe and Police Chief Rich McLaughlin recently recognized dozens of police officers and others for their public service during an annual City of Laurel and Laurel City Police awards ceremony. ABC7/WJLA-TV Reporter Brad Bell served as the Emcee for the event. Mr. Bell is the Prince George’s County and Maryland Bureau Chief for ABC7 and has covered many stories in Laurel and the surrounding area.
Coincidentally, the ceremony coincided with National Police Week. Police Chief Rich McLaughlin says, “The men and women of the Laurel Police Department remember and honor the lives of those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice, it is also during this time of the year, we, as a Department, want to recognize those members of the Laurel Police Department, as well as, outstanding members of the community, who have gone above and beyond what is normally expected”.
Mayor Moe echoed those sentiments and noted “The community appreciates the dedication and commitment to duty of the men and women of the Laurel Police Department and I want to especially thank Chief Rich McLaughlin for his leadership making the Laurel Police Department a first class agency.” In addition to two canine (K9) retirements, the Mayor and Chief presented over twenty (20) awards to about seventy-five (75) people, including several multiple recipients.
Mayor Craig A. Moe and Chief Richard McLaughlin are proud to announce the award recipients from the annual Laurel Police Department Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2013, that was held at the Partnership Activity Center.
Outstanding Citizenship Award – Vernon R. Harding Jr.
Service Awards – Master Patrol Officer Jeffrey Van Cleave; Sergeant Anthony Miskovish; Private First Class Zachery Rexine; Private First Class Aaron Waddell; Private First Class Stephen Sarver; Private First Class Zachery Barry, Police Communication Specialist Lindsey Carmen.
Unit Citations –Sargent Randy Snearly; Corporal Patrick Henson; Corporal Beth Thomas,; Private First Class Matthew Jordan; Private First Class Scott Craiger; Private First Class David Reiter; Detective Clayton Ammerman; Detective Rodrigo Crisostomo; Detective Kezzi Henderson; Sargeant Anthony Miskovish; Sargent Donald Winstead; Private First Class Stephen Crass; Private First Class Michael Skidmore; Corporal Erik Eagle; Corporal Charles Boswell; Private First Class Zachery Barry; Corporal Amy Burkett; Sargent Jonathan Craig; Private First Class Sean Fabel; Private First Class Stephen Sarver; Private First Class Aaron Waddell; Sargent James Watson; Private First Class Zachary Rexine; Private First Class Erik Salenieks; Corporal Jason Sarver; Private First Class Anton Lotov; Sargent Erik Lynn; Sargent Jordan Perretta; Corporal John Mrozek; Private First Class Jesse Conyngham; Master Patrol Officer Jeffrey Van Cleave; Private First Class Andrew Derioun; Private First Class Juan Diaz – Chavarri; Police Officer Donald Rohsner.
Awards of Merit – Detective Adam Cheek; Private First Class Zachary Rexine; Private First Class Jesse Conyngham; Sargent Donald Winstead; Corporal Erik Eagle; Master Patrol Officer Jeffrey Van Cleave
Chief’s Award – Private First Class Zachary Rexine
Chief’s Award – Private First Class Aaron Waddell
Civilian Employee of the Year – Animal Warden / Parking Enforcement Officer Jennifer Volack
Officer of the Year - Private First Class Jesse Conyngham
Mayor Moe and Chief McLaughlin congratulate all the recipients of this year’s awards and recognize and appreciate all that the sworn and civilian employees within the Laurel Police Department do for the citizens of Laurel, the surrounding area and all of our visitors making Laurel a safe place to live, work and enjoy.
The Laurel Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency providing a variety of services to the citizens and visitors of Laurel twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Department serves the City of Laurel’s approximately 5 square miles with an authorized complement of sixty-eight (68) sworn and twenty (20) civilian personnel and an annual budget of almost $8 million dollars. The Laurel City Police handle an average of 45,000 calls for service a year.