Baltimore County News
Baltimore County now storing all rape specimen kits indefinitely
Following an announcement on Monday that effective immediately Baltimore County would store all rape specimen kits indefinitely, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued a statement today supporting Attorney General Brian Frosh’s call to create uniform state guidelines in handling these kits:
“While Baltimore County announced its change in policy yesterday, I strongly support the Attorney General’s effort to standardize state practices and procedures regarding the handling rape specimen kits, particularly in the areas of required testing and creating a fixed time for the retention of kits. It is clear that victims of sexual assault need a more consistent application of the law.”
Show highlights police body cameras, public works, and Holidays at Hampton
The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” focuses on the Police Department's body cameras program, Department of Public Works operations and holiday events at the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson.
Body Cameras – Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger offers his perspective as the County’s head prosecutor.
ICYMI – In case you missed it, we review some recent headlines from your County government.
In the Trenches Every Day – Public Works Director Steve Walsh shares some surprising stats on the work DPW does to keep our daily lives on track.
Holidays at Hampton – Find out what the Hampton National Historic Site has in store to ring in the Yuletide season.
To view streaming video of the show, go to the 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.
Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement in response to last night’s attack on police officers in Dallas and the fatal police shootings of African American men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota:
We all woke up to a nightmare this morning. Following the tragic killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, today we mourn the heinous attack on police in Dallas last night that left five officers dead and other victims injured. What began as a peaceful protest ended as yet another mass shooting in America and the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9-11.
Given the tragic events of the last 72 hours – but also of the past few years – it is clear that we find ourselves at a perilous convergence of gun violence and severe tension between police and communities.
We send our heartfelt prayers to the Dallas police family in this time of tragic loss. We must reaffirm our support for officers who bravely place their lives at risk every day.
We must also acknowledge that African Americans face real adversity and are speaking out for their families and loved ones. We must work to build trust and positive relationships between law enforcement and the people they have sworn to protect.
Each of us has a part to play in bringing about this healing. We must approach our everyday lives with a commitment to cultivating understanding in our communities, especially those with whom we disagree. We must continue to invest in the kind of social and economic opportunities that help us rise together.
This is the work ahead. Let's begin.