DATE: May 16, 2019
Janelle Love
Media Relations Office

CCSO Hosts First Ever Motor Operator School;
Two Officers Successfully Complete 80-Hour Program

On Friday, May 10, members of the CCSO Special Operations Division along with members of the Command Staff celebrated the graduation of two Traffic Operations Officers from the CCSO’s first ever Basic Motor Operator School. Corporal Terrell Hemsley and Corporal Ray Brooks successfully completed the rigorous 80-hour program, which was instructed by Sergeant Don Belfield and took place at Regency Furniture Stadium in White Plains.

Traditionally, officers were afforded the opportunity to participate in Basic Motor Operator School at other agencies throughout Maryland. This was the first year that the CCSO hosted its own course. The program, which was coordinated and executed by Sgt. Belfield and certified through the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission (MPCTC), included 80 hours of rigorous exercises. The officers were required to complete 16 different cone courses, off-road riding, a controlled fall, emergency braking, a long ride of over 200 miles, nighttime riding, and negotiating hills, to name a few. Upon completing Basic Motor Operator School, these officers will now join the ranks of others who participate in ceremonial

Sgt. Don Belfield, Capt. Bobby Kiesel, Cpl. Ray Brooks, Cpl. Terrell Hemsley, Lt. Col. David Saunders, and Lt. Rey Aportadera

escorts, presentations, and traffic enforcement.

At the graduation ceremony, Special Operations Section Commander Lt. Rey Aportadera commended Cpl. Hemsley and Cpl. Brooks for completing the intensive training as well as Sgt. Belfield for his dedication to making the program possible here in Charles County. “This strenuous program takes a great deal of determination and skill to complete, and we are proud that our officers were able to achieve that,” said Lt. Aportadera. “Sgt. Belfield and his motors expertise are invaluable to our Agency. We are grateful for the work he did in putting this program together.”

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