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The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office recently announced the agency’s recipients of awards as deputy of the quarter and correctional officer of the quarter for the months of July through September.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Connelly was awarded as someone who “consistently displays the attributes commonly found in outstanding police officers,” the sheriff’s office reports, including frequently canceling his leave to assist his squad due to manpower issues and going the “extra mile” to accomplish a task at hand, such as remaining at headquarters well after his shift to assist his fellow officers with their reports and investigations.

Connelly is a collision reconstructionist, the sheriff’s office reports, and he was called out to investigate several serious injury and fatal accidents during the three-month period “that required focus, attention to detail and extreme accuracy.” Connelly’s other duties include serving as a field training officer.

Correctional Officer Benjamin C. Luffey of the St. Mary’s detention center was recognized as “a reliable, punctual and career-orientated individual,” the sheriff’s office reports, who “works overtime when he can, ... [and] is passionate and thorough with his work.”

Luffey conducts training sessions on policies, the sheriff’s office reports, and he has completed several training presentations on corrections policies and procedures. Luffey graduated from emergency response team training last June, and earlier completed Taser training. He is in the training process to become a booking officer.

The sheriff’s office reports that Luffey was off duty and at a convenience store in September when he was informed about a possible assault at the jail, and that he conducted an investigation at the facility that led to moving an inmate away from potential danger.