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Aaron Galloway and his wife Randi.

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ESSEX — Newly promoted Sergeant Aaron Galloway joined law enforcement to help solve problems for people in a desperate time of need and provide closure to difficult situations.

In a ceremony on Oct. 22, Galloway, now a sergeant with the Baltimore County Police Department, was promoted from the rank of corporal, which he held for two years, and was assigned to Precinct 11 in Essex.

“It was a lot of work and sacrifice that went into it,” he said. “I am excited about it.”

Prior to his promotion, he had to take training to enhance his supervisory skills, because sergeants function as commander of assigned watch shifts in the department, a role that he is looking forward to, he said.

Galloway started in the department at 19 years old as a cadet, and in May 2022, he will have served for 20 years.

Despite his many years of service, however, the past year and a half has been has rough for Galloway and his fellow officers.

National protests against police violence has made them lose motivation, he said, and some are even afraid to do their jobs. As a supervisor, he has tried to reassure them, sometimes by sharing stories of encounters he has had with community members who have thanked him and even bought him a cup of coffee.

“It has been hard on my guys, which, in turn, has been hard on me,” he said. “I have to tell them that we still have a job to do, and that the public still needs and wants us.”

Chief Melissa Hyatt, in her remarks at the ceremony, addressed the difficulties of the past year and a half for police officers, and thanked Galloway and others for still choosing to promote.

“Despite the many risks, issues and challenges that we have faced and overcome, you are still here today, because you chose to be promoted and move into a new role with new responsibilities. That is incredibly significant at any point, but particularly right now in our profession, and for that I commend you and thank you,” she said.

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