COLUMBIA, Maryland (WJZ) – In honor of Black History Month, Howard County is making sure African Americans in law enforcement are noticed for their hard work.
In a packed house at Howard Community College, officials honored a total of five special men and women who have led the way in their careers in law enforcement.
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âIt shows that hard work does not go unnoticed, and with their persistence, commitment and dedication to community service, it has brought them to where they are now,â said Mae Beale, event coordinator.
In 1968, Herman Charity made history when he joined the Howard County Police Department as the first African American police officer.
“When I joined the police department on the first day, one of the white policemen took me under his wing and told me there would be trouble because some of the white policemen didn’t want me. in force, âCharity said. noted.
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But Charity did not back down and remained resilient during her time in ministry in order to pave the way for the future.
In December 2018, history was written again when Marcus Harris was sworn in as Howard County’s first African-American sheriff.
âI always pinch myself,â Harris said. “When I decided to run for the sheriff’s job, I didn’t even think I’d be the first African American sheriff in Howard County history.”
With just over a year in his new role, Harris said he is focused on impacting future generations.
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âI thought it was important for me to be in this position so that young people, especially here in Howard County where I live, see a person who looks like me in this position,â Harris said.