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Date: May 4, 2017

County to Follow Constitution and Sound Policing Policy

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement in response to the Immigration Guidance Memorandum that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh issued today:

"I commend Attorney General Frosh for issuing today's guidance memorandum reinforcing my Executive Order which provides that no County employee, including the police, may discriminate based on anyone's immigration status and that no individual may be detained past their scheduled release date unless a court order so states.

My Executive Order adheres to the Constitution and promotes sound policing practices and I applaud the Attorney General for today's action which supports efforts from jurisdictions like ours to protect our residents."

The complete text of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s April 5, 2017 Executive Order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER

LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS ON IMMIGRATION STATUS, DIVERSITY AND EQUITY

                WHEREAS, Baltimore County residents fully support our country's rich heritage of welcoming immigrants from around the world who come to America seeking a better life in pursuit of the American Dream; and

                WHEREAS, Baltimore County has welcomed an increasingly diverse population that parallels statewide demographics; and

                WHEREAS, Baltimore County recognizes that public trust and confidence in local government and law enforcement policies are essential to a fair and orderly government; and

                WHEREAS, the Baltimore County Police Department prides itself on the positive relationship that it has maintained with the County’s resident population, including its immigrant community,  and maintenance of positive relationships are key to keeping our neighborhoods safe; and

                WHEREAS, as part of that relationship, all residents must feel safe and secure to cooperate with Baltimore County Police Officers to report crimes and offer assistance in resolving criminal activity; and

                WHEREAS, from time to time it is necessary to reiterate the policies and precepts necessary to maintain public order and discourse, consistent with the laws of the county, state, and federal governments, their respective judicial branch holdings, and the Constitutions of Maryland and the United States.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kevin Kamenetz, as County Executive of Baltimore County, on this 5th day of April 2017, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Baltimore County Charter, do hereby promulgate the following EXECUTIVE ORDER for Baltimore County, Maryland:

                1. No Baltimore County Department, agency, officer or employee shall discriminate against any person within Baltimore County based on confirmed or suspected race, creed, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a veteran, physical or mental disability, immigration status, and/or inability to speak English.

                2. No Baltimore County Department, agency, officer or employee shall condition the provision of County services or benefits on the immigration status of the individual seeking those services or benefits unless such conditions are lawfully imposed by federal or state law.

                3. No Baltimore County Police Officer shall make inquiry of a person's immigration status for the purpose of initiating civil enforcement of immigration proceedings, except in the case of a criminal warrant signed by a judicial official.

                4.  No personnel within the Police Department or Department of Corrections shall cause to be detained any individual beyond their court ordered release date, except upon reasonable belief of the existence of an order of detainer issued by a properly recognized judicial official.

                5. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to prohibit any Baltimore County Police Officer or employee from participating in task force activities with county, state or federal criminal law enforcement authorities.

                6. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to prohibit any Baltimore County Police Officer from investigating violations of criminal law.

                7. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to prohibit any Baltimore County Police Officer from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in the investigation and apprehension of undocumented immigrants suspected of criminal activity.

                8. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately according to its terms.


By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

From yoga in the park to canoe trips, a garlic mustard pull and discovering orioles (the real birds, that is), Baltimore County Recreation and Parks has activities for friends and family. Here’s to fun weekends in May!  

Friday, May 5

- Bookworm Story Time Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Beach Party” (for young adults with disabilities ages 16 years and older)  Berkshire Eastwood Recreation Council

- Pokémon Late Night Madness Marshy Point

Saturday, May 6

- Viper Day Lacrosse Homecoming Day  Edgemere Sparrows Point Recreation Council  

- Primitive Technology Weekend Cromwell Valley Park

- Trail Blazers Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Canoe / Tour Lake Roland Lake Roland

- Yoga in the Park Lake Roland

- Cattails Marshy Point

- Let’s Explore Nature with the Cat in the Hat: Miles and Miles of Reptiles Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Rain Garden Workshop with the Patapsco Heritage Greenway Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- The Secret Life of the Desert Box Turtle Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Parkville Flea Market Parkville Recreation Council

Sunday, May 7

- Waterfall Painting Holt Park

- Edible Plants and Earth Oven Pizza Marshy Point

Friday, May 12

- Full Flower Moon Night Hike and Campfire Cromwell Valley Park

- Morning Bird Walks  Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Full Planting Moon Canoe Trip Marshy Point

Saturday, May 13

- Talmar Gardens Mother’s Day Plant Sale Cromwell Valley Park

- Plant Sway Cromwell Valley Park

- Mother’s Day Tea and Walk Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Camouflage Caper Holt Park

- Native Plant Sale Lake Roland

- Campfire Games and Songs Lake Roland

- Yoga In the Park Lake Roland

- Spring Family Campout Marshy Point

- Reisterstown Bloomin’ Arts Fest Reisterstown Recreation Council

- Oella House and Garden Tour Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- What’s Cookin’, Mr. Banneker? Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Sunday, May 14

- Talmar Gardens Mother’s Day Plant Sale Cromwell Valley Park

- Mother’s Day Tea Cromwell Valley Park

- Mother’s Day Tea and Walk Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Mother’s Day Birdwalk Marshy Point

- Mother’s Day Canoe Trip Marshy Point

Friday, May 19

- Spring Campout at the Park Lake Roland

Saturday, May 20

- Discovering Orioles Cromwell Valley Park

- Native Plant Swap Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Spring Campout Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- The Hive and the Honeybee Marshy Point

- Helping Butterflies and Bees: Get Going on a Native Garden Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Quarter Auction  Berkshire Eastwood Recreation Council

Sunday, May 21

- Faeries and Elves of the Forest Cromwell Valley Park

- Fishing the Dock Marshy Point

- Pokémon at the Park Lake Roland

May 25 – May 29, May 31 – June 3

- Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce Carnival Middle River Recreation Council

Saturday, May 27

- Spring Wildflower Walk Cromwell Valley Park

- A Morning in Mining History Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Estuary Exploration Marshy Point

- Moss Workshop Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Nature Journaling Hike Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Sunday, May 28

- Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto Cromwell Valley Park

- A Morning in Mining History Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Bluebirds on the Bay Marshy Point

Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations. Of course, there’s always taking a hike in one of our beautiful parks, click here for information about all these parks have to offer.

May the spring fun and beauty be with you!


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016