Prince George's County officer named department's youngest pilot-in-command

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Prince George's County police Cpl. Ben Conner started flying at a young age.

He said he first began flying planes as a 16-year-old high school sophomore and then became a flight instructor during his senior year.

On his 31st birthday, May 8, Conner became the youngest pilot-in-command in the history of the Prince George's County Police Department's aviation section. But achieving this distinction doesn't faze Conner, because he is used to being one of the youngest in his aviation endeavors.

"The novelty's worn off," Conner said. "I'm just like everybody else."

As a pilot-in-command, Conner said he can fly police helicopters during shifts without an instructor being present. He'll be using the helicopters to assist patrol officers in tracking down suspects, searching for missing persons and other tasks.

When The Washington Examiner asked Conner what he likes about the job, he replied, "What don't I like about it?" because he gets to fly and work as a police officer at the same time.

Conner has been a member of the Prince George's County Police Department for more than seven years. He also is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and first flew helicopters during his military training.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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