HAGERSTOWN-A career officer with the Hagerstown Police Department, several prison correctional officers and a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Department who found a sharpened spoon in the waistband of an inmate's shorts were among those honored at Friday night's annual Public Health and Safety Day "Recognition of Excellence" awards at Hagerstown Community College.
John A. Rowley, commissioner with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, was impressed by the cooperation between local law enforcement agencies in Washington County, he told those assembled in HCC's Kepler Theater.
"What an important job you do in law enforcement," he said.
Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith honored retired Sgt. Steve Bussard.
Bussard retired in March after 36 years with the city's police department.
Most of his time was spent with the patrol division, but his five years as an investigator in the detective's bureau were the best of his career, Bussard said.