MCHENRY — The Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack has named Sgt. Brian Broadwater as the 2011 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and Tfc. Andrew Farrell as Trooper of the Year for 2011. “Sergeant Broadwater’s performance by his subordinates was exemplary,” said Maryland State Police Capt. James Pyles, Western Troop commander. “His group outperformed many other groups in many rating categories. Sgt. Broadwater’s performance during 2011 was also exemplary. He demonstrates excellent time management skills and pays particular attention to detail. This is always evident in his completion of subordinate appraisals as well as reviewing subordinate paperwork. All of the duties and responsibilities assigned to him are punctual and accurate,”
Broadwater was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Command for several years prior to his promotion and has done an outstanding job adapting to the Field Operations Bureau, according to Pyles.
He balances his time between his supervisory duties as barrack tow truck supervisor, hazardous and toxic substance supervisor, ordinance supervisor, health and safety coordinator, personal and vehicle inspection supervisor, supply officer, license plate recognition supervisor and in his spare time he serves as the shift commander, Pyles said.
After graduating from the Maryland State Police Academy in July 2005, Farrell was assigned to the Westminster Barrack in Carroll County. In July 2009, he was transferred to the Frederick barrack and assigned a K-9. He was transferred to the McHenry Barrack in August 2010, where he now works as a K-9 handler. He is the son of retired Trooper Timothy J. Farrell.
“Trooper First Class Andrew Farrell currently is assigned two canines, one a German shepherd drug dog and the other a bloodhound tracking dog,” Pyles said. “He displays exceptional attention to detail in all aspects of his job performance and has provided job knowledge and leadership in drug interdiction efforts at the barrack. He employs excellent investigative initiative and technique when investigating criminal complaints. He demonstrates exceptional ability to identify, analyze and solve every aspect associated with criminal investigations. Most of his criminal investigations are self-generated through his aggressive traffic enforcement.”
In 2011, Farrell spearheaded a five-day criminal interdiction initiative to identify people attempting to further their criminal enterprise while traveling on state roadways in Garrett County. The operation resulted in 44 controlled dangerous substance arrests and four felony distribution cases. Police seized heroin, LSD, mushrooms, marijuana, ecstacy, methadone, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, a large amount of cash and two vehicles.
Farrell is a self-starter who takes initiative in all tasks assigned and assumes responsibility with a take-charge attitude, Pyles said. “His initiative and energy is contagious to the other troopers who work around him and his peers are energetic to work with him. His positive attitude and high level of achievement have a strong impact on his superiors and subordinates alike.”
The 42 personnel assigned to the McHenry Barrack are involved in criminal and traffic enforcement efforts in a partnership with local and federal law enforcement and emergency services agencies. “We are part of a coordinated network of state resources ready to respond in times of crisis and always working to protect the citizens of our great state and Garrett County,” Pyles said.