Andrew Degele

Andrew Degele

Sgt. Andy DegeleAfter 13 years as a police officer for the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department (UMBPD), Sgt. Andrew Degele is one of only three UMBPD officers promoted to the role of Sergeant starting March 1.

Degele has been UMBPD's firearms instructor for the majority of his career. "It's very rewarding to me when I see the other officers improve and gain confidence after asking for my help," he says. "All the hard work that I put into helping train our officers and secure the best equipment for them — that's my greatest achievement."

Degele always knew he would work in law enforcement. He says he enjoys the fast-paced work that's never the same day twice. He also likes being outdoors, training, and protecting and helping people. 

One of Degele's most memorable moments happened during the 2015 civil unrest in Baltimore. Degele remembers working in full riot gear alongside neighboring law enforcement agencies to protect and serve the community.

In 2018, Degele joined the Community Outreach And Support Team (COAST). In that role, he's been a part of the past two Community Engagement Academy sessions, "which help give community members a peek behind the curtain," says Degele. "The Academy lets community members get to know officers on a more personal level."

Degele hopes students, faculty, staff, and community members will consider joining future Community Engagement Academy sessions to learn more about the department. His advice for students? "Enjoy your time on campus, and don't be afraid to ask any UMBPD officer for assistance — even if it's just where to find good food!"

In his new role as Sergeant, Degele strives to work hard and continue to improve the agency. In the long term, he'd like to work in law enforcement training or the intelligence community. 

Outside of work, Degele enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, driving his classic car, riding his Harley, and going to the range.