State Police Salutes Veterans And Seeks To Hire More
(PIKESVILLE, MD) – In support of the Hogan Administration’s “Hire A Veteran Month,” the Maryland State Police is actively recruiting military veterans, while supporting those veterans who have joined the Department in a way that is modeled by other organizations.
Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi, himself a former United States Army Company commander, will today present the Department’s Freedom Award to six Maryland state troopers. These troopers were members of the last trooper candidate class and have previously or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. All military veterans who serve with the Maryland State Police are presented the Freedom Award in recognition of their service not only to their state, but to their nation.
“We can never repay our military veterans for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation,” Colonel Pallozzi said. “We are committed to recruiting these outstanding men and women by challenging them to continue their public service on behalf of the people of our state. We are also dedicated to supporting those within our ranks who continue to serve in the military by assisting them and their families while they are deployed and during their transitions to and from military service.”
There are currently 419 military veterans who are sworn or civilian employees of the Maryland State Police. Of those, 57 are current members of a military Reserve or National Guard unit. Since September 11, 2001, at least one member of the Maryland State Police has been continuously deployed in military service somewhere around the world.
The Maryland State Police has a military liaison program that has become a model for other law enforcement agencies and organizations. The Department’s military liaison officer, who is both a retired Maryland state trooper and a retired member of the United States Army, works to recruit military personnel from around the country. He assists members of the Maryland State Police when they deploy or return home from military duty. He also ensures their families are assisted if needs arise while their loved ones are away.
Military veterans are recruited for both sworn and civilian positions within the Maryland State Police. There is a significant emphasis on recruiting military pilots to fill vacancies within the Aviation Command. A number of Maryland State Police helicopter pilots are current and former military service personnel, who received their flight training and experience in the military.
Maryland State Police support for our veterans was recognized by the United States Secretary of Defense in 2016. On behalf of the Maryland State Police, Colonel Pallozzi accepted the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Department of Defense gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Only 15 employers from across the United States were selected to receive the award that year, out of thousands of nominations.
Military veterans or active duty personnel interested in continuing their public service through a career with the Maryland State Police are urged to visit mdsp.maryland.gov and click on ‘careers’ for more information. https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Careers/Pages/default.aspx
MILITARY AWARD EVENT INFORMATION
WHEN: TODAY, Nov. 13, 2018 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: MD State Police Headquarters
Building C Classroom
1201 Reisterstown Road
(parking in lot behind Building C)
WHAT: Colonel Pallozzi will present the Department’s Freedom Award to six of seven members of Trooper Candidate Class 147, who have served our nation as members of the US Armed Forces. These troopers served or still serve in the US Army, US Marine Corps, and the US Air Force.
CONTACT: Greg Shipley – Office of Media Communications – 410-653-4236