For Immediate Release: June 30, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams was appointed to the new Police Training and Standards Commission by Maryland State's Attorney Association President Scott Shellenberger. Effective October 1, 2016, this Commission was created as a result of the Maryland House Bill 1016 which passed in the most recent session of the Maryland legislature.

"I am happy to serve as a member of this important Commission," said Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney. "The establishment, facilitation, and enforcement of standards for law enforcement training, education and prevention programs is a crucial piece for sound law enforcement."

According to the Maryland State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions "are vested with the authority to set standards of initial selection and training for all governmental law enforcement, correctional and parole and probation and juvenile justice officers in the State of Maryland, and to otherwise upgrade the professionalism of these officers ... Maryland was the 1st state to require (police) correctional standards on a statewide basis."

"We look forward to the participation of Mr. Adams on the new Police Training and Standards Commission," said William J. McMahon, Acting Executive Director for the Police and Correctional Training Commissions of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "Having the perspective of the Maryland State's Attorneys will be important as the Commission works to enhance police services and community trust across the State."

The new legislation specifically identifies the need for a representative from the Maryland State's Attorney's Association.

"The Maryland State's Attorney's Association felt that Wes Adams' depth of experience in several different roles as a prosecutor made him uniquely qualified to serve on this commission, and we were happy to appoint him," said Scott Shellenberger, President of the Maryland State's Attorney's Association.

Adams also serves on the Anne Arundel County Heroin Task Force, the State Board of Victim Services, the Court Appointed Special Advocates Board of Directors, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Anne Arundel County.

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