October 02, 2006

Law & Order - Deputy gets degree in homeland security

The Frederick News-Post

FREDERICK -- A deputy with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office has been schooled in all aspects of homeland security -- and he's got a degree to prove it.

Cpl. Mark Landahl, 32, a six-year veteran of the sheriff's office, is one of 123 graduates nationwide of the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, Calif.

Cpl. Landahl recently earned a master of arts degree in homeland security studies.

During the program that began in spring 2005, Cpl. Landahl and 27 others received instruction from some of the United States' top counterterrorism experts and other experts from around the world.

Cpl. Landahl completed three months of his coursework in California and the remainder over the Internet.

Topics covered included intelligence, critical infrastructure protection, psychology of terrorism, strategic planning and budgeting, and the law and homeland security.

"Frederick County has greatly benefited from Cpl. Landahl's participation in the CHDS program," Sheriff Jim Hagy said.

His accomplishment is evidence of the local agency's "continuing commitment to homeland security and the protection of the community from the threat of terrorism," the sheriff said.

As supervisor of the sheriff's office's homeland security section, Cpl. Landahl oversees the development of plans and policy, and the delivery of programs and training on the topic to his colleagues.

Explorers hit the road

Members of the Frederick Police Department's Explorer Post 714 traveled to Flagstaff, Ariz., over the summer to attend the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference.

More than 3,500 explorers worldwide attended the week-long event on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

The explorers were challenged intellectually and physically during the conference, said Officer First Class Jason Essel of the Frederick police.

The explorers competed in teams of three in a number of police-related scenarios. The topics included bomb threat response, crime prevention, arrest and search, and white collar crime.

The explorers also competed in individual events, including a physical agility obstacle course, an emergency vehicle operation course, bicycle agility and an air pistol competition.