Major Steven E. Bodway Retires

Career Law Enforcement Officer Served 28 Years

(Bel Air, Md. – August 5, 2008) — Major Steven E. Bodway retired from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office on August 1, 2008 after 28 years of distinguished service. Hired by Sheriff William Kunkel, Major Bodway began his career September 22, 1980.

Major Bodway began his law enforcement career in 1973 as a Military Police Officer (MP) in the U.S. Army. During his army career he served assignments at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, West Germany, and Greece. He spent six years serving in the Military Police as a Sergeant in various capacities from traffic enforcement to criminal investigations. Immediately after leaving the army, Major Bodway joined the Department of Defense Police until 1980 when he was hired by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the last 28 years he progressed through the ranks. His assignments started with patrol duties and extended through motor patrol, Accident Reconstruction, Criminal Investigations, and Internal Affairs. He has served as Patrol Division Watch Commander, Commander of a Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force, and as Division Commander responsible for the court system services. He has served in his current assignment as Commander of the Services and Support Bureau since being appointed to Major in December, 2006.

Throughout his career he received many awards and distinguished honors for his service. He was the Deputy of the Year in 1983, received the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Medal in 1984, and the Sheriff’s Office Merit Commendation in 1987. On March 14, 2005 he received an award from the Mayor, City Council, and Police Department of Aberdeen. The award reads: “For his highly cooperative spirit and effective management of The Harford County Narcotics Task Force from January 2000 to April 2005, which has improved the quality of life for many of the citizens of the city of Aberdeen.”

Always known for wearing his Stetson hat, Major Bodway is a prime example of the mission “With Courage, Honor, and Integrity.” Spending many years as a state certified Advanced Accident Reconstructionist, he was the first in Harford County to have a mobile in-car camera and the first to serve as a traffic motorcycle officer for the Sheriff’s Office. As a team, he and retired 1st Sgt. J.D Thomas of the Maryland State Police, taught Standardized Field Sobriety Testing to police officers from many jurisdictions. He served many law enforcement classes as a drill instructor for the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy as well as a Police Ethics Instructor since the mid 1980’s.

Major Bodway has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore and holds a Masters of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University. In 1995, Major Bodway received his ethics instructor training certification from the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, which is now known as the Center for Law Enforcement Ethics, headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Major Bodway has been married to his wife Leisa for 33 years. They have two children and two grandchildren. His son, Ryan, is an officer with the Baltimore County Police Department.

Media Release

August 05, 2008


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