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June 11, 2013

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
June 11, 2013
8 to 9 a.m.
Executive Conference Room Old Court House, Mezzanine Level
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204 

Attendees

  • Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun
  • Kim Barranco, Baltimore City, CJCC
  • Mark Behlert, DPSCS – Community Supervision
  • Aimee Bollinger-Smith, Department of Social Services
  • Mike Esposito, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County
  • Celena Falline, Department of Juvenile Services
  • Alan Hill, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Chief James Johnson, Police Department
  • Cass Jorgensen, Department of Aging
  • Donna Morrison, Deputy Administrative Officer
  • Gayle Robinson, Office of the Public Defender
  • Don Schlimm, Local Management Board
  • Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Timothy Sheridan, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
  • Esteban Soto, Community Colleges of Baltimore County
  • Sharon Tyler, Department of Corrections

Welcome/Approval of Minutes

Chief Johnson welcomed everyone to the June meeting of the Baltimore County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Minutes of the April 9, 2013 meeting were presented, and a motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the minutes as presented.

Presentation

Alan Hill, Baltimore County Public Schools, provided an overview of the newly formed Department of School Safety and Security. In response to the events that occurred at the beginning of the school year at Perry Hall High School, Dr. Dance and Chief Johnson made a commitment to work together to address school safety issues and this new department was formed. Mr. Hill provided a organization chart and information on the various phases of security projects that were underway in the schools. This information is being presented to the School Board and will also be posted on the department’s website. Mr. Hill also provided attendees with a copy of the Student Handbook which highlights disciplinary interventions (pages 14 to 19). It should be noted that the suspension rate at the beginning of this school year was 7.8 percent compared to 4.9 percent at the end of the school year.

Committee Reports and Updates

Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

Minutes of the May 8, 2013 meeting of the workgroup were presented. Sharon Tyler highlighted two cases from Spring Grove concerning “leave of absence”. This situation is of great concern and a committee will be meeting to address this issue.

Offender Employment Network

No Report

Forensic Mental Health Workgroup

Minutes of the May 8, 2013 meeting of the workgroup were presented. Sharon Tyler highlighted two cases from Spring Grove concerning “leave of absence”. This situation is of great concern and a committee will be meeting to address this issue.

Juveniles/Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee

No Report

Other Business

Police Department – Chief Johnson

Chief Johnson reported that the Police Department will be providing additional training to its members on handling encounters with individuals who have mental or emotional health issues. The program is called “Invisible Disabilities” and it will be a two hour training block built into the in-service training schedule. He stressed that we must do all we can to ensure that our officers are provided with the very best in education and training, particularly in this area.

Chief Johnson advised that at a future meeting he would like to have discussion regarding the Council to address suggestions for future projects, etc. The Council was formed under the Ruppersberger administration and it has been successful in increasing communication between the various agencies involved. We will be taking a look at the Executive Order and providing recommendations for updates to same. In the meantime, he asked everyone to be thinking about what they would like to see the Council accomplish in the future.

Mr. Hill expressed his appreciation to the Police Department for the outstanding tour provided to his staff by the Police Department Forensic Unit. Mr. Hill indicated that over 500 school cases for drugs are processed by the Police Department’s forensic team each year.

Cass Jorgensen shared information regarding the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Rally and Seminar scheduled for June 14, 2013 at the Towson Library.

Updates

Tim Sheridan reported that the first Circuit Court video arraignments will be taking place at the Detention Center on June 17.

Mr. Hill expressed his appreciation to the Police Department for the outstanding tour provided to his staff by the Police Department Forensic Unit. Mr. Hill indicated that over 500 school cases for drugs are processed by the Police Department’s forensic team each year.

Cass Jorgensen shared information regarding the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Rally and Seminar scheduled for June 14, 2013 at the Towson Library.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting date is August 13, 2013.

Revised April 21, 2014

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