Trooper Jeffrey Ferreira doesn't like to talk about himself.
"I worked hard last year," he said, in his slow, soft voice. "But it's not that I'm better than other troopers."
Ferreira, who has been assigned to the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack since 2000, was named state Trooper of the Year this summer, chosen from among 28 nominees from across the state.
His statistics are formidable: Last year, he issued more than 2,300 traffic citations and warnings, made 45 drunk driving arrests and 156 criminal arrests.
Ferreira thinks that's all just numbers and chance -- "I guess I just got lucky," he said. But his supervisors say otherwise.
"He's a well-rounded trooper with productivity in both traffic and criminal arrests," said Lt. Jerry A. Beason of the Prince Frederick Barrack. "He's outstanding beyond anyone at this barrack and anyone in the department."
The Trooper of the Year committee -- made up of 10 state police officers and civilians -- singled out Ferreira because of his off-duty involvement in the community, said Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a committee member. Ferreira was recognized at a ceremony July 28 in Pikesville.
"It's not just statistics but performance in your community, performance on the job, and how you interact with other troopers and other citizens," said Greg Shipley, state police spokesman.
One day last week, Ferreira -- in his uniform's green slacks and brown button-up shirt -- walked with a swagger around his unmarked red Ford, his legs swiveling stiffly at his waist like an action figure's.
"The lieutenant at the barrack calls him 'the machine,' " said fellow Trooper Wayne Koch. Ferreira got the nickname because he's quiet and relentless at work.
At Prince Frederick, a full-service barrack, Ferreira responds to everything from traffic accidents to domestic disputes. He deals with burglaries, assaults and even destruction of property.
"You're out there enforcing traffic violations until you get a call," he said.
Ferreira said he often deals with the same people, both in domestic disputes and traffic citations. "The same people always speed," he said, acknowledging that not everyone will like him as a trooper.
"If you are a police officer, some people will like you, some people won't," he said. A good trooper can deal with that, he added.
Ferreira has wanted to be a state trooper since he was a boy growing up in Greenbelt and then Bowie.
"I always looked up to the troopers," he said. "I always wanted to be a trooper."
In 1998, he graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a degree in criminal justice.
For two years, he worked for the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington. Then he went through training at Maryland State Police headquarters in Pikesville and became a state trooper, posted in Prince Frederick.
He lives in Huntingtown with his wife, Kristin, and his 2-year-old son, Brian.