Prior to the Christmas holidays, the newly installed Carroll County Commissioners, wisely, unanimously approved a three year transition of primary police services from the Maryland State Police Resident Trooper program to the County Sheriff's Office.
The previous board of Commissioners, under the dictate of Julia Walsh Gouge had formulated plans to build an entire new force from the ground up; with the Chief of Police operating at the beck and call of the Commissioners Office. Walsh was summarily defeated in the last election rendering her attempts to bankrupt the county moot.
Under the new plan, the Sheriff will become the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the county, ultimately at the beck and call of the voter.
With the new mandate, Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning wasted no time, sending nine recruits off for a twenty-four week Police Entry Level Training Program on the Maryland Police & Correctional Training campus in Sykesville, which began January 10.
Front Row, left to right – Mr. Brian Colussy, Ms. Lindsay Smith, Mr. Peter Trageser, Mr. Stephen Hensley, Ms. Kelsey Corter & Mr. Christopher Yoouman. Back Row, left to right – Mr. Brian Moore, Mr. Steven Rager, Mr. William Barget.
The new recruits are:
• William Barget, aged 20, has been a member of the Baltimore County Police Explorers in Cockeysville for 5 years. Barget was also employed with Dental Associates in Towson for 5 years.
• Brian Colussy, aged 27, has a Culinary Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Sykesville Auxiliary Patrol. Prior to working for the Sheriff's Office, Colussy worked as a Federal Contractor and for the USO at BWI Airport.
• Kelsey Corter, aged 22, has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University. While attending Shippensburg, she worked with inmate education at the Franklin County Jail. She is a Volunteer Fire Fighter at the Vigilant Hose Company in Shippensburg, PA.
• Stephen Hensley, aged 25, spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. As a Staff Sergeant, he led his Marines through 2 deployments overseas. Prior to working for the Sheriff's Office, Hensley also worked as a Warehouse Manager for Aramark Vending Services.
• Brian Moore, aged 27, has worked for the Carroll County Detention Center as a Correctional Officer for almost 2 years. Prior to working for Carroll County Government, he was employed with his family's Construction business.
• Steven Rager, aged 38, served in the Army National Guard and as a Baltimore County Police officer for 3 years. Before coming to the Sheriff's Office, he worked with court-appointed youth as a Wilderness Instructor.
• Lindsay Smith, aged 22, is an EMT for Gamber Volunteer Fire Department. She has an Associates Degree in Web Design and has been employed by Home Depot as a Customer Service Representative for 3 years.
• Peter Trageser, 22, recently graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. While attending Towson, he was also employed at Patterson Mill HS in Harford County as a Wrestling Coach.
• Christopher Youman, 33, has been employed as a Store Manager at Toys R Us for 3 years. He was previously employed for 13 years as an Operations Manager for Home Depot in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
During the next six months, the recruits will receive (960) hours of academic and practical law enforcement training, covering Criminal and Constitutional Law, Use of Defensive Tactics and Weapons, Arrest procedures, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Community/Problem Oriented Policing, Criminal and Traffic Collision Investigations.