TIMONIUM, Md. - Cpl. Jonathan Novack of the JFK Highway Barracks was named the 2013 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the Maryland State Police.

Novack, a son of Rich and Mary Novack, of Mount Carmel, received the honor April 18 from Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus L. Brown. He was chosen for the honor from non-commissioned officers who won the award at their respective local barracks.

Novack joined the Maryland State Police in 2006. He won Trooper of the Year at the Bel Air Barrack in 2009 and joined the staff at the JFK Highway Barracks in 2011 as a member of the K-9 Unit.

Novack led all barrack personnel in DUI arrests last year with 59. He made 26 criminal arrests, 22 of which were for drug violations. He assisted with 24 K-9 apprehensions. The barrack DUI enforcement team was placed under his supervision and he helped them increase drunk driving arrests last year by nine percent, resulting in 187 arrests. They increased their criminal arrests by 34 percent.

Novack participated in three Badges for Baseball camps with the U.S. Marshals Service and Ripken Baseball and was a medal presenter at the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games. In December, he organized a holiday meal and donated gifts from his DUI team to a local family who was in need. This included raising money for the family's child, who is a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

His supervisor, Sgt. Michael Smart, said, "Cpl. Novack's impressive dedication exemplifies the extraordinary effort he exerts to maintain the image he believes a trooper should uphold. He comes to work intending to make a difference and motivates everyone around him with his positive attitude. Cpl. Novack is an asset to his group, the JFK Barracks and the Maryland State Police."

Novack is a 2002 graduate of Mount Carmel Area High School.