UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (August 16, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown joined police officers, transportation officials and public safety leaders at a ceremony at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 in Upper Marlboro after dedicating a section of MD-197 in Laurel in Sgt. Richard Findley’s memory. Sgt. Findley, a Prince George’s County Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty in 2008.
“Richard Findley devoted his life to keeping our communities safe. He paid the ultimate price to ensure our safety, and we, the beneficiaries of his courage, can never fully repay him,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “With his wife Kelly and law enforcement officials, I am honored to offer a small token of thanks by dedicating part of Maryland Route 197, so he can be forever remembered by a grateful state for his courage and sacrifice.”
Earlier this summer, Sgt. Findley’s wife, Kelly, asked Lt. Governor Brown and the State Highway Administration to have the stretch of highway dedicated to her late husband’s memory. This portion of 197, just south of the intersection with Maryland Route 198, has special significance for the Findley family. Richard Findley and Kelly met over a decade ago working together at nearby Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department, and as a Prince George’s County Police Officer, Richard Findley often patrolled this portion of 197. During his service, he logged thousands of miles travelling this stretch of state highway.
Sgt. Findley is survived by Kelly and their two children, Nicole, 11, and Lauren, 8. Kelly is also guardian to her 12-year-old niece, Angel. Sgt. Findley’s mother, Dolores, and sisters Debbie and Sherri also attended the memorial dedication. Brown joined Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 President Vince Canales, Maryland State Police Superintendent Terry Sheridan, Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley and public safety officials at the ceremony.
The O’Malley-Brown administration has made public safety a priority and has protected funding and strengthened partnerships to reduce violent crime. Through the innovative use of public safety technology, unprecedented information sharing across borders and strategic reforming of long-troubled public safety state agencies, law enforcement personnel throughout Maryland have driven crime to historic lows:
* Violent crime at its lowest rate ever reported.
* Homicides at their lowest rate ever reported.
* Robberies at their lowest rate ever reported.
* Aggravated Assaults at their lowest rate since 1976.
* Motor vehicle thefts at their lowest rate ever reported.
* Property crime at its lowest rate ever reported.
* Total crime at its lowest rate ever reported.