Sergeant Christopher Coons, of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was recently named Officer of the Year by St. Mary’s County at the 15th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in May. The award, sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Department of Aging & Human Services, Triad/SALT, and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, recognizes law officers for outstanding service in St. Mary’s County.
Coons has served in the Office of Public Safety at St. Mary’s College since 2005. He is currently assigned as the night shift supervisor. In 2010, he received his special police commission from the state of Maryland and began serving as a field training officer. Since joining the Office of Public Safety, Coons has become an instructor in expandable baton and handcuffing, aerosol spray, rape aggression defense, and Red Cross CPR/first aid.
Coons was also instrumental in the implementation of Public Safety’s new computer aided dispatch software program. In addition to his night shift patrol supervisory responsibilities, Coons has taken on many administrative roles, including updating the public safety general orders, working on event planning, and managing the college’s Annual Security and Fire Report.
Coons resides in Lexington Park, Md., with his wife, Missy, and two children, Benjamin and Hannah.