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The Baltimore County Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 36th Citizens' Academy Class. The graduation will take place tonight, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the England Dansicker Room located in the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road in Towson.

Chief Terrence Sheridan will present certificates to the graduates who completed the 15-week program. During that time, participants learned about the various units and the many aspects of law enforcement. Officers from specialized units such as K-9, Marine, Aviation and Tactical Operations spoke to the participants and described their duties.

The participants also learned about the precincts, narcotics identification and investigation. They sat in on lectures that covered media relations, community resources and criminal investigations.

The purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is to foster greater communication and relationships between the Department, the community and businesses. The hope is to establish a better understanding of law enforcement.

April 2 through April 8 is National Victims’ Rights Week. Through various events, the Baltimore County Police Department, volunteers and community members will bring attention to crimes such as domestic violence, personal safety, crime prevention techniques and more.

The following is a list of the precincts and the events scheduled for Victims’ Rights Week.

Precinct 1/Wilkens

Contact: Sergeant Harpster (410-887-5165)           
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Setting up displays and brochures on domestic violence 
Location: Arbutus Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227
Date/Time: April 3 to 7, Daytime hours

Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Contact: Sergeant Fleet (410-887-4714)        
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Planting a flower
Location: Precinct 2 station, 6424 Windsor Mill Road, 21207     
Date/Time: April 5 at 10:45 a.m.

Precinct 3/Franklin

Contact: Sergeant Ledley (410-887-6985)        
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Planting a flower
Location: Precinct 3 station, 606 Nicodemus Road, 21136      
Date/Time: April 5, at 11 a.m.

Precinct 4/Pikesville

Contact: Sergeant Ramirez (410-887-6775)       
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Planting a flower
Location:Precinct 4 station, 215 Milford Mill Road, 21208  
Date/Time: April 10 to April 12 at 11 a.m.

Precinct 6/Towson

Contact: Sergeant Fink (410-887-5933)               
Officer Assigned: Officer Fuka, Community Outreach Team
Activity: Presenting displays on domestic violence
Location: Towson Library, 320 York Road, 21204; Loch Raven Library, 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21286
Date/Time: April 2 to  April 8, During daytime library hours

Precinct 7/Cockeysville

Contact: Sergeant Henschen (410-887-1863)        
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Planting a flower
Location: Precinct 7 station, 111 Wight Avenue, 21030     
Date/Time: April 11, 9 a.m.

Precinct 8/Parkville

Contact: Sergeant Biter  (410-887-5439)   
Officer(s) Assigned: Officer Goorevitz
Activity: Setting up a display and speaking about crime prevention and victim safety
Location: Parkville/Carney Library, 9509 Harford Road, 21234
Date/Time: April 3 at 9 a.m.

Precinct 9/White Marsh

Contact: Sergeant Mickle (410-887-5035)       
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Tying a ribbon on a tree in front of the Precinct 9 station  
Location: Precinct 9 station, 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236
Date/Time: April 3

Precinct 11/Essex

Contact: Sergeant Zerhusen (410-887-2032)   
Officer(s) Assigned: Officer Lewis, Community Outreach Team
Activity: Collection drive to benefit Family Crisis Center; Precinct 11 station will be the drop-off point for donations.
Location: Precinct 11 station, 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221
Date/Time: April 2 to April 8 anytime

Precinct 12/Dundalk

Contact: Sergeant Stelmack (410-887-7336)   
Officer(s) Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Activity: Presenting displays on domestic violence
Location: Community College of Baltimore County - Dundalk - 7200 Sollers Point Road, 21222
Date/Time: April 2 to April 8, daytime

On March 9, Baltimore County Police were dispatched to an assisted living facility in the 200 block of Clyde Avenue, 21227, for a report of possible elder abuse. Upon arrival, an officer met with two representatives from the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ), a division of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The OHCQ representatives informed the officer that they received a phone call on March 8 from a cousin of a resident at the assisted living facility, stating that she went to visit and found her relative tied to a chair. She also informed them that she saw a pair of moldy dentures by the bathroom sink.

When the officer and the OHCQ representatives met with the owner to conduct a site inspection, the owner told them that all residents were off-site at the movies.

Upon further inspection, the officer found two residents in a locked room on the first floor and twelve residents in a locked room on the second floor. It was determined that 16 residents between the ages of 50 and 95 were living at the facility, but the facility was only licensed for four residents.

Medics assessed the condition of all the residents at the scene, and one was taken to the hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury. The OHCQ representatives assisted in moving all the residents to different facilities.

The investigation is still ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the information will be sent to the Baltimore County State's Attorney’s office for review.

Revised June 27, 2017