ARNOLD — The ranks of the
Maryland Natural Resources Police
grew by 19 with the graduation on
Jan. 24 of the latest class of recruits.
The new officers took their oath,
administered by Col. George F. Johnson
IV, NRP superintendent, at Anne
Arundel Community College before a
large audience of family and friends.
“Protecting Maryland’s bounty for
our children and their children is the
responsibility of every citizen. But I
want to thank you for stepping up in a
very personal way to carry that
responsibility for all Marylanders,”
said Gov. Martin O’Malley in a prerecorded
The new officers received 30 weeks
of classroom and field training at the
Maryland Police and Correctional
Training Center in Sykesville and on
waterways and public lands throughout
the state. Their studies included
not only general law enforcement
functions but also the special skills
needs for conservation law enforcement.
In his remarks, Johnson reminded
NRP’s 55th Basic Recruit Class to
adhere to the four core principles of
the agency: Integrity, Dedication,
Courtesy and Professionalism.
“Always remember your oath and
hold tightly to your ethical compass,”
Johnson said. “Never forget that
right is right, even if no one else is
doing it. Wrong is wrong, even if
everyone else is doing it.”
Chief David B. Mitchell, director of
public safety at the University of
Maryland and retired Maryland
State Police superintendent, gave
the keynote address.
The 19 new officers are:
Laura M. Albrecht, Belvidere, N.J.;
Cory G. Armes, Phoenix; Vincent J.
Artrip, Ocean City; Kimberly A.
Austin, Bowie; Andrew S. Blickenstaff,
Clear Spring; Brandon W.
Davis, Galena; Maureen C. Ferguson,
Berlin; Michael Godack,
Annapolis; Robert F. Karge Jr., Preston;
Jason S. Kreider, Newville, Pa.;
Ethan T. Leonard, Port Republic;
Cody L. Linton, Boonsboro; Heshimu
McCray, Owings Mills; Erica J. Minnick,
Smithsburg; Matthew J. Moffitt,
Street; Amelia K. Nelson, Centreville;
Morgan R. Phelps, Kent Island;
Sean A Wiles, Knoxville; Franklin L.
Wright, Princess Anne.
Minnick and Ferguson delivered
the class address.
Blickenstaff, Linton and Minnick
are assigned to Garrett/Allegany
Seven class members were recognized
for outstanding achievement
during the academy, which began
Brandon Davis, Excellence in
Leadership; Sean Wiles, Excellence
in Academic Achievement; Robert
Karge Jr., Excellence in Firearms
(Top Gun); Matthew Moffitt, Excellence
in Navigation and Seamanship;
Andrew Blickenstaff, Excellence in
Woodland Operations; Maureen Ferguson
and Vincent Artrip, Excellence
in Physical Training.
ARNOLD — The ranks of the
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