Maryland police chief earns high honor

Maryland police chief earns high honor

By: Jonathan Bennett

Most people would assume that police chiefs would continue to go above and beyond on and off the job in order to keep people safe. However, for Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin of Laurel, Md., his countless acts of bravery and dedication earned him a very prestigious award. According to The Baltimore Sun, McLaughlin was recently honored with the Mayor's Award, the city's highest honor for employees. 

McLaughlin was toasted May 9 along with other deserving city workers during the 18th annual Employee of the Year Awards luncheon held at the Partnership Activity Center. The police chief earned not only praise, but also a plaque and $1,000. Other recipients, including Lisa Woods, Bonny Ducote and James Cornwell-Shiel, all accepted plaques and $500 for their continues efforts to help various area of city business run smoothly.

Mayor Craig Moe told the audience that McLaughlin is well deserving of the recognition thanks to his "long-standing and continuous dedication and service to the city, the Laurel Police Department and to the diverse community that is Laurel."

The official City of Laurel website reports McLaughlin has been on the force for 24 years, starting his career in 1986 as a civilian Police Communications Specialists.