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Precinct 4 - Pikesville

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The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year for 2016 is awarded to Officer M. Canning #5556.

Officer Canning was one of the precinct leaders both in his squad and on his overall shift during the 2016 year. Officer Canning works the overnight shift and the majority of his criminal arrests and case clearances were from self-initiated investigations, rather than just responding to dispatched calls. He understands the importance of a proactive approach in effectively controlling and deterring crime.

Officer Canning is a young officer, but one who is dedicated to his position as a law enforcement officer. His experience in patrol has led to him becoming a thorough and intuitive investigator, the epitome of a good “beat cop.” One example of this occurred in December when he conducted a routine check of a registration plate on a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was reported stolen in Baltimore City. Upon stopping the vehicle he spoke with the driver, a female who immediately explained that the vehicle was not hers but gave a reasonable explanation as to why it was in her possession, including the keys. Officer Canning made keen observations of her behavior and responses to questions and recognized that she was being deceptive. Ultimately he confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen from a hospital parking lot after the keys were lost. He was able to arrest the suspect, recover the vehicle and return it to the victim. During the course of the arrest he also discovered illegal drugs and paraphernalia, with which the suspect was also charged.  

Additionally, Officer Canning removed two illegal firearms off of the Pikesville streets. One was confiscated from a prohibited felon, who was then charged accordingly, and the other was confiscated during an arrest in an area identified with a crime trend. Both cases required keen investigative skills and proper documentation to ensure a successful prosecution of the suspects.

Another case exemplifying Officer Canning’s vigilance and dedication to his profession involved five suspects of thefts from auto in an identified crime trend area. Not a simple case, as each suspect stopped in a different location  in an area where a car was broken into. Officer Canning did an excellent job of articulating the facts of the case, resulting in the arrest and proper charging of five juveniles. The arrest and charging of juveniles holds additional procedures and responsibilities for officers, but Officer Canning did it with skill and efficiency.

In addition to the great investigative work that Officer Canning accomplished throughout the year, he also achieved an outstanding amount of criminal and traffic violation enforcement. Officer Canning is a competent and reliable officer who is an example to other officers and an excellent representation of the core values of this agency: Integrity, Fairness, Service. Congratulations to Officer Canning on his award for Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year for 2016!

At 11:05 a.m., a Baltimore Sun newspaper salesman was robbed of cash and newspapers by two unknown suspects.
Sometime before 6:30 a.m., an unknown suspect used a ladder to gain entrance to the second floor of the victim's house. The suspect entered through a window, then stole the victim's car keys, medications and other items. The suspect took the car which was found later at the site of a cat burglary down the street.
Sometime after 11 p.m., unknown suspects cut a window screen, then entered the victim's home. The suspects stole a set of car keys, then left the scene in the victim's car.
At 5:25 p.m., two unknown armed suspects attempted to rob the victim of his dirt bike. The suspects were arrested near the incident.
At 9:50 a.m., an unknown suspect attempted to break into the location by breaking a rear window. The suspect fled the location and no entry was gained.
Between 12 a.m and 7 a.m., an unknown suspect broke into the victim's car, then used the garage opener to access the garage. Once inside, the suspect stole seven pairs of shoes.
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Revised September 28, 2016