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Training the World Over

A contingent of prison officials from Uruguay became the 20th country from around the globe to visit the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions in Sykesville and learn the state’s correctional system.

Under a partnership with the U.S. State Department, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services also travels to other countries to teach lessons on everything from correctional officer defensive tactics to how to manage those on parole and probation.

“I enjoy it because in every country we train, they absorb the lessons and give 100 percent,” said Major Richard Bowers, commander of the department’s Special Operations Group that teaches tactical maneuvers. “Whether it’s Mexico or Belize or Jamaica, they have the same ... Read more

Operation Hire Rolls into Hagerstown with 75 Jobs

TOWSON, MD — Correctional Officer Jon Schenck has a culinary arts degree and a four-year degree in hotel management. He now uses his skills and training in an unlikely place: Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown.

The 22-year Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services veteran is the Correctional Dietary Manager at the facility where he supervises a staff of over 300 inmates who serve over 5,000 meals a day.

Schenck doesn’t dream of working in a five-star hotel or being a chef at a fancy restaurant — he is content with a well-paying job that has excellent retirement and health benefits.

“Just in those two aspects alone, it’s well worth it,” Schenck said.

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K-9 Teams Carry the Day

Congratulations to the members of the K-9 Unit that attended the United States Police Canine Association Region 3 Detector Trials in Herndon Virginia over the weekend. Twelve Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services K-9 teams successfully earned their certification on Saturday despite the pouring rain.

Four teams placed in the top 10 while Lt. Brian Kyle and K-9 Jade earned a perfect score of 200 and a 2nd place finish. Thank you for your hard work and representing the Department and Unit well. We look forward to the additional hardware for the trophy case!

Lt. Brian Kyle and K-9 Jade pictured




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