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Show airs on Cable Channel 25 and online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights police recruitment and diversity, the County’s success at restricting minors’ access to tobacco and how to protect your “plastic” from fraud and theft.

ICYMI – In case you missed it, we review some recent headlines from your County government.

Considering a Career in Law Enforcement? – Baltimore County has one of the top police departments in the nation and they’re seeking bright candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Keeping Kids Off of Tobacco – Find out how Baltimore County’s Health Department is succeeding in preventing the sale of tobacco products to minors.

How Safe are your Credit Cards? – Learn how to protect your valuable “plastic” from creative thieves – whether you’re swiping or web surfing.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/hellobaltimorecounty.html . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 


Kamenetz reports that 56% of new class is minority or female

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the police recruit class that began this week continues to move the County forward toward his goal of ensuring that the police department reflects the communities it serves. Minorities or women comprise 56 percent of the class that began Monday, June 12; African Americans comprise 34 percent. Over the past six years, the County’s recruit classes have averaged more than 40% minority and nearly 30% female candidates, while continuing to attract an outstanding caliber of officers.

“In 2011, I made a commitment to the people of Baltimore County that we would increase the number of minorities and females in the Baltimore County Police Department,” said Kamenetz.  “As a result of these efforts, our communities are safer than ever because people have more confidence in the decisions that police officers make when the department reflects the diversity of the community.”

“Kevin Kamenetz is a man of his word,” said Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, Pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church. “From day one he said that he would diversify the Baltimore County Police Department, and he has done just that. This is what leadership looks like.”

“I am very proud of the concerted effort that the police department has put forth in an effort to diversify our ranks,” said Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan. “These types of recruitment numbers don’t just happen, they are the result of a very strategic and focused effort by our recruit staff.”

The police department has used a number of traditional and non-traditional methods to attract minority and female candidates, including ads on radio, television and MTA busses; college recruitment, community information sessions and extensive outreach to community and faith-based organizations.

“There is no more important responsibility as County Executive than to make our communities safe and secure,” concluded County Executive Kamenetz. “We have outstanding men and women who protect us each and every day, and when the department reflects the County’s growing diversity, our officers and our citizens are safer.”


County to follow Constitution and sound policing policy

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued an Executive Order this morning formalizing the County's public safety policies in light of President Trump's anti-immigration campaign.  Reducing the current practice to written policy, Baltimore County police officers will not unlawfully profile the immigration status of its residents, and the Detention Center will not unlawfully hold any individual past their release date, without a judicial order of detainer.

“As an attorney, I am confident that the Presidential effort to investigate and detain immigrants is contrary to the Constitution, and Baltimore County will not disregard the law protecting individual rights," said County Executive Kamenetz. "The President's directives are causing fear and panic among otherwise law abiding residents.  I am particularly concerned about the impact on children, and the chilling effect that is impacting productive police-community relations.  Children are afraid to go to school, women are afraid to report domestic abuse, and families are afraid to seek medical care in a hospital out of the fear of deportation. We won’t let that happen in Baltimore County. Today’s Executive Order will make that crystal clear.”

Kamenetz’s order states that no Baltimore County Police Officer shall make inquiry into 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. It also states that 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.

Kamenetz also criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to withhold federal funds from state and local government that do not comply with the President’s Executive Orders.

“For an administration that claims to value our constitution and our American values, you certainly would not know it by their obvious lack of knowledge of the 10th amendment,” said Kamenetz. “The 10th amendment to the Constitution prohibits the federal government from withholding funds to coerce counties to conform to federal policies unrelated to the appropriation. Baltimore County adheres to the Constitution and to sound policing practices that maintain community trust among residents we are obligated to protect. Like the Muslim ban, I am confident the courts will strike down the Attorney General’s counter-productive threat.”

The complete 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 ____ 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.


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016