Fifty-two Maryland State Police troopers stood in formation Wednesday during the Western Troops' first superintendent's inspection in several years.
Troopers arrived Wednesday morning wearing freshly polished black shoes, shined brass medals and crisp uniforms.
Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Thomas "Tim" Hutchins, of state police headquarters in Pikesville, Md., conducted a traditional superintendent's inspection with troopers from the Frederick, Hagerstown, Cumberland, and McHenry barracks in Western Maryland. Starting shortly after 10 a.m., Hutchins and members of his staff inspected weapons, uniforms and vehicles of participating troopers at the National Guard Armory on Roxbury Road.
"The inspections gives me an opportunity to see the troopers one-on-one and up close," said Hutchins, who previously held inspections in other parts of the state.
Appointed by Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich in December 2003, Hutchins said he hoped to leave troopers with the message that state leaders appreciate the risks they take every day protecting the lives of motorists on Maryland highways.