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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

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Date: Feb 2014

Photo of the swearing-in of the members of the 103rd Recruit Class.A new class of future emergency medical technicians, the 103rd Class of the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy, began its course of study this week at the Fire-Rescue Academy in Sparrows Point.

The class comprises 37 recruits -- 23 men and 14 women -- who reflect the diversity of our communities. They will graduate as Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians and will be assigned to one of the Fire Department's 25 career stations.

The 18-week program includes training in: Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA); basic exterior fire ground operations; hazardous material operations; operation of emergency vehicles; and Fire Department policies and procedures.

The recruits work under the direction of Fire Director Patrick Murphy, who oversees the FRA.

BCoFD, like other fire departments across the nation, experiences a heavy and growing demand for emergency medical service. Nearly 90,000 of the 124,000 calls handled by BCoFD last year were medical calls.

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson today said that the investigation of a February 23 incident in Towson, captured on a citizen’s video, will examine the actions of a citizen auxiliary police officer as well as of BCoPD officers.

“The words of and demands to cease filming by sworn personnel and citizen volunteer auxiliary officers were incorrect, inappropriate and unnecessary,” Chief Johnson said this morning. “They were not helpful in bringing this incident to closure. As we already have stated, all aspects of this encounter are under investigation, and all personnel will be held accountable for their actions.”

The auxiliary sergeant – seen in the video confronting the young man recording the incident and telling him he “lost” his rights – has been restricted to administrative volunteer duties pending the outcome of the investigation.  His name is being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation. He has been a member of the Auxiliary for 22 years.

 BCoPD also will review the actions of BCoPD supervisors involved in the incident depicted in the video of the incident in the 400 block of York Road at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, when officers from several agencies worked to control a disturbance.

Johnson, who reviewed the video multiple times, said the language used by officers in the video and the statements about the citizen’s lack of constitution rights are simply wrong.  “This Department enjoys a good  relationship with its citizens largely because of its longstanding commitment to treating people with respect for their rights. Our personnel will be held accountable if they fail to do that,” he said.

The person filming the video, who was not arrested, has not filed a complaint and has not approached BCoPD. Investigators are trying to identify and contact him because they believe his story will help them build a complete picture of what happened.

The question of whether citizens may record video of police officers was settled by the Maryland courts several years ago. Since that ruling, BCoPD has directed its personnel to respect the legal right of citizens to record officers on duty, in a public place, unless the person filming has violated a law or statute. BCoPD’s command staff reminded sworn supervisors of this legal right this morning.

About the Auxiliary Police

About 80 trained citizens volunteer as auxiliary police officers, providing support to BCoPD with regard to patrol, calls for service, crowd and traffic control, community events and details.

Citizen auxiliary members attend about 115 hours of training provided by BCoPD and modeled after – though less comprehensive than – the training for BCoPD officers. This training is commensurate with the level of responsibility and authority delegated to these volunteers.

Over the past six years, citizens volunteering as auxiliary members have donated more than 100,000 hours of service to the County.  “These ordinary citizens provide a tremendous service to us, at no cost,” Johnson said. “They have played an important role in our efforts to reduce crime in Baltimore County, and have been an invaluable resource for us in handling everything from precinct office work to traffic control.”

Ever wonder what police work is all about? The Baltimore County Police Department asks teens, 14 through 18, to apply now for this year’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). The deadline for all applicants is May 16.

The academy offers teens the opportunity to develop leadership skills, while meeting and having fun with other local like-minded peers.

This is the eighth year of the YLA. It will run from Monday, June 23, through Saturday, June 28. Students will spend from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day learning various aspects of the Police Department. Each day, teens will visit various venues to accommodate the training for the day.

Students will visit the:

  • Police Training Academy on the CCBC Dundalk campus,
  • Park School (Falls and Old Court roads), and
  • Middle River Volunteer Fire Company across from Martin State Airport.

At the end of the program, teens will participate in a graduation ceremony at the Public Safety Building/Police Headquarters.

Applicants must reside in the County, must be age 14-18, and have good grades. Besides the application form, applicants must write an essay about themselves and why they should be in the program. A parent or guardian will need to sign a waiver and consent form in order for the teen to participate in the YLA. A background check will also be done before a student can participate.

The application, waiver and consent forms are available online.

If unable to apply through the website, contact the Youth Initiatives Team at 410-887-2587 for the necessary forms.

If you know of any young person you feel will benefit from this positive experience, contact the Youth Initiatives Team at 410-887-2587 or send an email to Detective Teresa Moudry.

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