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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.

Today the Baltimore County Police Department celebrates its 140th anniversary. We are sharing the text of Police Chief Jim Johnson's message to the Department.


To All Department Members:

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the Baltimore County Police Department, and, like all such milestones, this one is an opportunity to reflect on where we have been and what the future holds.

The world in which our department was conceived is a distant, foreign place.

On April 11, 1874 - the day the Maryland legislature established the Baltimore County Police Department -- Ulysses S. Grant was president. Reconstruction was still in progress. Children toiled in factories; Jesse James held up trains.

Alexander Graham Bell was still working on the telephone, and the horse was the prevailing mode of transportation. In fact, the law creating BCoPD stipulated that mounted officers had to provide their own horses, equipment and forage. Mounted police would be paid $3 a day; foot patrol officers, $2.

The societal changes, the technological advancements in the nearly 1 ½ centuries since then - and particularly in the last 30 years - boggle the mind. Today, ours is an increasingly diverse population that recognizes the right of all people to safety and equality under the law. Information spreads in the amount of time it takes to punch a few buttons. Most of us live in suburbs, not on the farm. Physically, at least, life is much easier for most people than it was in 1874.

But the evolution to a modern, 21st century society has brought its hardships, hardships it is our job as members of this department to face.

 Intractable economic difficulties have created an environment in which a destructive minority sees crime as a viable way of life. Gun violence remains a plague and a subject about which Americans continue to debate and disagree. Drugs continue to destroy lives. Schools, while still among the safest places children can be, feel more vulnerable than they once were. The rapid development of information technology creates new opportunities to seduce and exploit.

The evidence shows that this Department has risen to the challenge of the times. Serious crime in virtually every category has fallen. When problems arise - as they inevitably do - we draw on our experience, commitment and resources to deal with them. Our population continues to grow, a testament to the fact that people believe they can find security and prosperity here. We enjoy the good will of the people we serve.

The world, and this agency, will be different still when, come 2024, we celebrate our 150th anniversary. But in all the ways that count, this Department will be same as it is now and as it was the day it was born: Sworn to protect our people, loyal to the idea of a just, secure society.

Thank you for your contributions to our department's history -- past, present and future.

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