DATE:  October 18, 2018 
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Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commissions Awards “Instructor of the Year” to Two CCSO Officers

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC) held its 18th Annual Awards & Instructor’s Conference. The mission of the MPCTC is “ensure the quality of law enforcement and correctional services throughl the establishment and enforcement of standards and the facilitation and delivery of training, education and prevention programs.” At the annual conference, officers from all over the state were recognized for their work as academy and non-academy instructors.

From left to right: Lt. Harry Ivers, SMCJA Director Keith Hicks, Cpl. Joseph D’Agastino (Calvert County)

Lieutenant Harry Ivers, an instructor for the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA), received an Academy Instructor of the Year Award. Lt. Ivers was assigned to the SMCJA for 3 years. SMJCA Director Keith Hicks nominated Lt. Ivers for the award, and stated that “during Lt. Ivers’ tenure, he competently served as Class Coordinator for Police Entrance Level Training Session 44, which had the most attendees in 14 years at SMCJA. In addition to his assigned tasks, he serves as the lead firearm instructor for entrance level training and is an active member of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team. It is with great pride the Staff of the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy recognizes Lt. Harry Ivers as Academy Instructor of the Year for Police.” Upon his recent promotion, Lt. Ivers transferred to the Patrol Division where he is currently serving as a Shift Commander.

Sergeant John Arcadipane of the CCSO Corrections Division received a Non-Academy Instructor of the Year Award.

From left to right: CCDC Director Brandon Foster, Sgt. John Arcadipane, Lt. Matthew Becker, CCDC Deputy Director Robert Studds

He was nominated by Lt. Matthew Becker, Training Coordinator for the Charles County Detention Center, who wrote “Sgt. Arcadipane recently took over the responsibility of becoming the Emergency Response Team (ERT) Coordinator. As the Coordinator, he creates a quarterly training schedule. He has instructed ERT in counter-contraband operations and hostage rescue. He also arranged a tri-county training focused on responding to riots and disturbances for the ERT members in Southern Maryland. He was one of the lead instructors in the ERT School. This 56-hour program is physically demanding for both instructors and recruits. During this time, Sgt. Arcadipane was also the Coordinator for Honor Guard and was part of the Security Enforcement Team. I want to thank Sgt. Arcadipane for his initiative and dedication he displays on a continual basis.”

“An Agency can only be as good as the training it affords its officers,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “Our tradition of professionalism and excellence is carried on because we have great instructors. We are very proud of the dedication and leadership displayed by Lt. Ivers and Sgt. Arcadipane.”

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