Awards and Promotions

reibly awardOn March 17, 2021, the American Legion Post 70 recognized first responders for their outstanding work and dedication to the communities that they serve. Lt. George Paugh, III was on hand to read the synopsis of the quality work that was performed by Det. Justin Reibly. Det. Reibly lead in almost all statistical categories. He was responsible for seizing a large amount of crack cocaine and $21,000.00. He also solved numerous crimes and made the most criminal and drug arrests in the department. His level of commitment and dedication is greatly appreciated. He was honored to be awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the American Legion. Congratulations Det. Reibly!!! 


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The Veterans of Foreign Wars recently recognized first responders for their outstanding work and dedication to the communities that they serve. The Easton VFW recognized Easton Police Detective Justin Reibly for his "unyielding adherence to the highest ideals of law enforcement in maintaining, preserving and protecting the lawful rights of all citizens." 

After receiving the award from our local VFW, he was then nominated for an award at the State level. Det. Reibly was awarded the VFW National Law Enforcement Award.

Det. Reibly lead in almost all statistical categories. He was responsible for seizing a large amount of crack cocaine and $21,000.00. He also solved numerous crimes and made the most criminal and drug arrests in the department. His level of commitment and dedication is greatly appreciated. Congratulations Det. Reibly!!! 

Officers of the Year 2020

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Detective Heather Hanson - Officer of the Year (Special Operations Division)

Whereas, the Easton Police Department relies on its Detectives to be persistent, proficient, and proactive in solving crimes and arresting offenders.
In the year 2020, Detective Heather Hanson has proven herself to portray those qualities. Det. Hanson is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit. Det. Hanson is credited with having made an impact in working critical cases.  Det. Hanson is our certified cell phone extraction expert. She completes cell phone extraction for EPD and allied agencies, which is a very in-depth detailed assignment. Det. Hanson also wrote 41 search and seizure warrants, which was almost half of what the Criminal Investigation Unit authored as a whole. 
Highlighting two of her cases will illustrate her attention to detail while focusing on justice for the victims. On June 5, 2020, Det. Hanson responded to Parkway Apartments for an overdose, she learned that the person who had overdosed had small children in the apartment. Det. Hanson partnered with the Talbot County Department of Social Services to make sure the children were okay as well as initiate an investigation into the wellbeing of the children. She also set out to find out who distributed the heroin to the person that overdosed. Through her investigation, Det. Hanson was able to identify who distributed the heroin and obtained digital evidence. Det. Hanson then obtained an arrest warrant for Distribution of CDS and Reckless Endangerment for the suspect. Upon arresting the suspect, he was found to be in possession of 64 heroin capsules.
Det. Hanson is also part of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In September of 2020, a Cyber Tip was provided to the Easton Police Department in regards to someone involved in the possession and distribution of child pornography. Det. Hanson was assigned the case and was able to identify the person who was involved. Det. Hanson also learned that the suspect had distributed Child Pornography to over 150 people on the internet. Det. Hanson obtained search and seizure warrants and arrested the suspect for distribution of child pornography.  
These actions prove her dedication to the police department and to the Town of Easton.
In recognition of her dedication and quality of work, the Easton Police Department awards to Detective Heather Hanson, the 2020-Officer of the Year Award.

Pfc Norman Sova - Officer of the Year (Patrol Division)

Whereas, The Patrol Division is the heartbeat of the agency, as the officers assigned to this division handle every call for service, conduct traffic enforcement, and investigate violations of criminal law. Pfc. Norman “Frank” Sova is assigned to the Patrol Division-Squad 1.  
Pfc. Sova is described as a person that exhibits energy and excitement for the job. Pfc. Sova is also a member of the Tactical Team where he thrives in that role. He is always willing to lend a hand to other squad members. Working through a pandemic such as COVID 19 really placed a burden on officers as they were facing an invisible threat to our community. Though this created obstacles, it didn’t stop officers such as Pfc. Sova from doing his job to the best of his abilities. Sova completed 97 reports and made 22 arrests (one of the highest in the division). He had 2 DUI arrests and 1 drug arrest. He completed 166 traffic stops and investigated 36 traffic accidents. He wrote 71 traffic citations and 143 warnings. He was able to produce these types of numbers while field training two new officers. Sova gives 100% and stands ready for any task assigned to him. That level of dedication and commitment is what all officers should strive for.    
In recognition for his dedication and commitment, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Pfc. Norman “Frank” Sova with the: Officer of Year Award for 2020.




Employee of the Year 2020




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Meter Enforcement Officer Renthia "Bushy" Thomas


Whereas, our members truly depend on the civilian staff as we all strive to accomplish the goals and missions of the Easton Police Department.

In 2020, MEO Renthia Thomas arrived to work every day with a positivity attitude that is infectious. Being a MEO requires her to be walking around town interacting with the community, engaging them in conversation, such as answering their questions and giving them directions. She does this with the upmost professionalism and she takes great pride in being an ambassador to the police department. Daily she keeps in contact with the officers that are on duty and asks if she can be of assistance throughout her shift. She is eager to assist with traffic direction and school crossing assignments.  

MEO Thomas is described by many as a dedicated professional. Her attitude towards work and her work efficiency is an example for us all to follow. 

In recognition of her dedicated service and work ethic, the Easton Police Department recognizes MEO Renthia Thomas as the 2020-Employee of the Year



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2020 Promotions


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1st/Sergeant Bradley Hughes - Promoted to Lieutenant 


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Sergeant Eric Kellner - Appointed to 1st/Sergeant

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Corporal Jason Dyott - Promoted to Sergeant

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Corporal Lenox Trams - Promoted to Sergeant

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Patrolman First Class Megan Coxon - Promoted to Corporal

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Patrolman First Class Howard Maxwell - Promoted to Corporal

2020 Awards


Lifesaving Award


Whereas, June 20, 2020- Officers were dispatched to a residence on Brenton Drive for a cardiac arrest. Officers arrived to find the patient in cardiac arrest; it was then that they all worked collectively as a team to preform lifesaving measures. This included CPR and the use of the AED. The patient was shocked by the AED twice before the paramedics arrived. Paramedics administered further aid to the patient upon their arrival. It was learned that during transport the patient regained a pulse and began breathing on her own. 

It is clear that the actions of four officers saved the life of this individual on that day.

In recognition for these officer’s swift actions and commitment to public safety, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Sgt. Pat Sally, Pfc. Justin Reibly, Ptl. Emily Walter and Ptl. Nick Everngam with the: Lifesaving Award.

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Lifesaving Award


Whereas, On November 13, 2020- Officers were dispatched to Parkview Apartments for a building fire.  Officers were notified that there were residents on the third floor that needed to be evacuated. The fire started in apartment 302. Officers went to the third floor and were met by heavy smoke the officers worked to evacuate all residents. The officers had to make forced entry into apartment 303 to get the resident out. Officer’s also worked to clear the second floor. In the midst of this incident they carried electric chairs down for residents as well. The officers assisted the FD with the safe evacuation of about 60 residents.     

Police officers will not always be at the right place all the time, but on the occasion they were and they saved a lot lives that morning.  

In recognition for these officer’s unselfish actions and commitment to public safety, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Sgt. Pat Sally, Pfc. Cody Bland, Pfc. Tyler Claggett, and Ptl. Andrea Kendall with the Lifesaving Award.

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Lifesaving Award


Whereas, August 13, 2020, Cpl. Howard Maxwell was dispatched to locate a reckless driver on U.S. Rt. 50 – Maxwell was able to locate and stop the vehicle- during the stop he determined the that driver was under the influence of a substance. Maxwell placed the driver under arrest and secured the driver in the back seat of a patrol car.   

Sgt. Dyott and Pfc. Sova checked on the driver and found him to be unconscious in the back seat of the patrol car. The officers immediately removed the driver from the patrol car and began life saving measures to include narcan, rescue breathing and the use of the AED. All of these measure worked and the driver was revived by the time paramedics arrived on scene. 

It is clear that the actions of these three officers saved the life of this individual on that day.

In recognition for these officer’s swift actions and commitment to public safety, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Sgt. Jason Dyott, Cpl. Howard Maxwell and Pfc. Norman Sova with the: Lifesaving Award.

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Unit Citation


Whereas, The Easton Police Department’s Narcotics Unit consisted of three members that diligently worked to make our community safer by investigating the controlled dangerous substance laws. Narcotics investigations can take quite some time to develop and the stakes are high as drug addictions ravage communities and destroys families.  

In 2020 the Narcotics Unit authored 56 search and seizure warrants which cultivated 23 misdemeanor and 17 felony drug arrest while working during a pandemic. Also during the pandemic these officers were reassigned and tasked to complete other functions within the police department. 

In 2020 the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force asked the EPD Narcotics Unit to participate in a Title III Investigation (Wire) - this consumed a lot of time as they set out to disband a local drug organization. Working a WIRE is tedious and places a lot of strain on the investigators- Many hours are spent away from home during such an event. The team of investigators wrote 14 search warrants. This led to the seizure of approximately 1 kilo of powder cocaine-and the lesser amounts of crack cocaine, heroin, suboxone, and marijuana. The officers also seized 2 handguns, 4 vehicles, and $71,000 in U.S. currency. This investigation led to the criminal indictments of 22 people and 3 federal indictments.

In recognition for their superior performance and exceptional display of commitment, the Easton Police Department hereby awards F/Sgt. Eric Kellner, Cpl. Megan Coxon and Det. Chris Westerfield with the Unit Citation.

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Top Performance Award - Occupant Safety


Whereas, sworn members of the Easton Police Department are tasked to perform a variety of activities through the course of their shift. Enforcement of traffic and criminal offenders is just a fraction of their responsibilities.

Understandably, demonstrating efficiency in one discipline cannot always measure total performance. However it should be recognized that during the past year, Cpl. Howard Maxwell was the top performer in Occupant Protection Enforcement (52) among all sworn officers. 

In recognition for a job well done, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Cpl. Howard Maxwell with the: 2020-Top Performance Award: Occupant Protection Enforcement

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Top Performance Award - DUI Enforcement


Whereas, sworn members of the Easton Police Department are tasked to perform a variety of activities through the course of their shift. Enforcement of traffic and criminal offenders is just a fraction of their responsibilities.

Understandably, demonstrating efficiency in one discipline cannot always measure total performance. However it should be recognized that during the past year, Cpl. Howard Maxwell made the most DUI Arrests (7) among all sworn officers.  

In recognition for a job well done, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Cpl. Howard Maxwell with the: 2020-Top Performance Award: DUI Arrests

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Top Performance Award - Traffic Enforcement


Whereas, sworn members of the Easton Police Department are tasked to perform a variety of activities through the course of their shift. Enforcement of traffic and criminal offenders is just a fraction of their responsibilities.

Understandably, demonstrating efficiency in one discipline cannot always measure total performance. However it should be recognized that during the past year, Cpl. Howard Maxwell made the most traffic stops (598) among all sworn officers.  

In recognition for a job well done, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Cpl. Howard Maxwell with the: 2020-Top Performance Award: Total Traffic Stops

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Top Performance Award - Criminal Arrests


Whereas, sworn members of the Easton Police Department are tasked to perform a variety of activities through the course of their shift. Enforcement of traffic and criminal offenders is just a fraction of their responsibilities. 

Understandably, demonstrating efficiency in one discipline cannot always measure total performance. However it should be recognized that during the past year, Pfc. Justin Reibly made the most Criminal Arrests (59) among all sworn officers. 

In recognition for a job well done, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Pfc. Justin Reibly with the: 2020-Top Performance Award: Criminal Arrests

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Top Performance Award - Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Arrests


Whereas, sworn members of the Easton Police Department are tasked to perform a variety of activities through the course of their shift. Enforcement of traffic and criminal offenders is just a fraction of their responsibilities.

Understandably, demonstrating efficiency in one discipline cannot always measure total performance. However it should be recognized that during the past year, Pfc. Justin Reibly made the most Criminal Arrests (59) among all sworn officers. 

In recognition for a job well done, the Easton Police Department hereby awards Pfc. Justin Reibly with the: 2020-Top Performance Award: Criminal Arrests

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