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The 34th Citizens’ Academy graduation will take place tonight, June 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road 21286. The ceremony will be held in the England-Dansicker Room.

Police Chief James Johnson will present certificates to the 33 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 citizen students learned about the precincts, narcotics identification and investigation. They sat in on lectures that covered media relations, criminal investigations, as well as residential and homeland security. They went to the firing range, where they learned about the use of force and the department’s policy on the use of firearms.

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

It is a warm September morning in Dundalk and the Baltimore County Police Department’s two newest K-9 recruits have just started their training.

In August, the Baltimore County Police K-9 Unit selected two German Shepherds out of a group of dogs from a vendor in Pennsylvania. Both dogs were born in Europe and are each one-year-old. Any dog selected by the Department has to meet strict standards that will indicate the dog will be successful in further training and future use in law enforcement. The selection process can take anywhere from one to three days.

K-9 recruit Dex will be training with Corporal Griffin and K-9 recruit Rex will be training with Officer Huesman. During the next 16 weeks they will go through a rigorous training and evaluation process. If they make it to the end of the training, they will graduate as patrol dogs. Most K-9 dogs begin their careers, which average from seven to eight years, as patrol dogs. With further training, the K-9 dogs can be certified for specialized duties such as drug and bomb detection.

Once they graduate from basic K-9 training, the K-9 dogs must complete at least two training and evaluation sessions each month for the rest of their law enforcement career.

Lieutenant Peach describes the care provided to the K-9 dogs as “top shelf care”. Dogs get regular veterinary examinations and are constantly monitored by their handlers. They also get the best dog food available. Peach further described the attention given to the unit’s K-9 dogs as the attention that a “pro athlete” might get.

During their law enforcement careers, the K-9 dogs live with their handler and the handler’s family and many dogs will stay with the family after they retire from law enforcement service. There is a strong bond that develops between the K-9 dog, its handler, and the handler’s family. “The K-9 dog becomes a part of that family. When a K-9 dog dies, it is like losing a member of the family” Peach said. “The family grieves and receives support from other families of K-9 officers.”

If they pass their training, Rex and Dex will officially graduate in early January and join the other members of the Baltimore County Police Department in protecting the citizens of Baltimore County.

Baltimore County's New K-9 Recruits (Rex is on the left and Dex is on the right)

More pictures of Dex and Rex are available on our Facebook page.

The deadline to submit an application for an officer or cadet position with the Baltimore County Police Department is next Friday, May 2. Applications will be accepted online only. Interested individuals can go to or to apply.

  • Candidates for police cadet must be between 17 ½ and 20 ½ years old.
  • Candidates for police officer have to be 21 years old by graduation from the academy.

The last information session for the cadet position will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at Baltimore County Police Headquarters ( 700 E Joppa Rd 21286 ). Space is limited for this information session, so you must register online at

Anyone with questions can call the Baltimore County Police Recruitment Unit at 410-887-5542.

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