Trooper Honored By International Police Organization
October 7, 2016
(PIKESVILLE, MD) – A veteran state trooper and tactical officer is among an elite group of police officers being honored by an international police organization for their commitment and leadership.
First Sergeant Richard Carroll, commander of the Maryland State Police Emergency Services Unit, is being honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with a “40 Under 40 Award” that, according to the IACP, recognizes “40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership, commitment, strong values, and excellence.” First Sergeant Carroll will be presented with his award at the IACP Convention in San Diego later this month.
First Sergeant Carroll was nominated by Captain Sean Morris, commander of the State Police Special Operations Division, who noted his exemplary dedication and leadership. He specifically noted First Sergeant Carroll’s responsibility for coordinating the deployment of the Maryland State Police Mobile Field Force during the Baltimore riots and for the resulting increase in training and equipment procurement that occurred after that event.
Following the deployment in Baltimore, First Sergeant Carroll was directed by Colonel William Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, to more than double the size of the Mobile Field Force. This required significant planning, procurement and training. First Sergeant Carroll developed lesson plans, enhanced training in civil disturbance tactics and leadership, and obtained more than $500,000 in personal protective gear and related equipment.
First Sergeant Carroll designed and developed a new curriculum through the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions for law enforcement response to a civil disturbance. He then provided that new training to more than 750 officers from police departments throughout Maryland.
Despite this daunting assignment, First Sergeant Carroll maintained his position as the team leader for the Northern Region High Risk Man Tracking Team and was an alternate team leader for the S.T.A.T.E. Team, the SWAT team for the Maryland State Police. His Emergency Service Unit completed 223 missions during 2015.
In his nomination of First Sergeant Carroll for the “40 Under 40” award, Captain Morris wrote the following: “First Sergeant Carroll’s ability to perform any and all missions has made him an invaluable member of the Maryland State Police team. The levels of responsibility and the quality of his work have proven his incredible leadership ability. His adaptability, flexibility and dedication to duty bring great credit to him, the Maryland State Police and the citizens of Maryland whom he serves.”