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The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers on April 16. The event will take place at the Baltimore Yacht Club, 800 Baltimore Yacht Club Road, Essex, 21221. The evening will begin with dinner and awards at 6 p.m.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Expected to attend the dinner are more than 80 volunteers and members of the Police Auxiliary Team, as well as Chief James Johnson.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 12-18.

A number of high-ranking Baltimore County Police Department commanders will be reassigned following the promotion of eight lieutenants to captain. The reassignments, announced today by Police Chief Jim Johnson, become effective February 9, immediately following a Promotional Ceremony scheduled for February 9, 2 p.m., at Oregon Ridge Lodge.

The new assignments will produce the most diverse BCoPD Executive Corps -- commanders who hold the rank of captain, major or colonel -- in the department's history.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has made creation of a government workforce that reflects the makeup of the citizenry a top priority. "This goal is especially important in public safety, where the public's respect and trust is critical to our ability to serve our citizens well," Kamenetz said. "These latest Police Department promotions are another step toward the healthy diversity we need."

New Captains

The new captains are:

  • Donna M. Benton. Benton will be the second woman in BCoPD's history to oversee the Special Operations Section, including the Aviation, K-9, Marine and Tactical units.
  • Scott A. Canter. Canter will oversee the Homeland Security Section.
  • Joseph D. Conger. Conger will command the Technology and Communications Section.
  • David J. Folderauer. Folderauer will be assigned to command Precinct 3/Franklin.
  • Christopher M. Kelly. Kelly will be assigned to command Precinct 9/White Marsh.
  • Orlando D. Lilly. Lilly will be assigned to command Precinct 12/North Point.
  • Lamont Martin. Martin will oversee the Internal Affairs Section.
  • Robert O. McCullough. McCullough will oversee the Employment Section.

Captain James Monahan, currently commander of Precinct 3/Franklin, will take over the Operational Support Section. Captain Michael Balog, currently commander of Precinct 9/White Marsh, will be assigned to the Operations Bureau. Captain Jan Brown, currently commander of Precinct 12/North Point, will be assigned to the Youth and Community Resources Section.

"Achieving the rank of captain is a significant milestone that requires hundreds of hours of study and sacrifice," said Chief Johnson. "These experienced men and women have earned the privilege of serving in positions of great responsibility. I'm proud of what they've achieved and I look forward to working with this new team."

With the promotions of these captains as well as new corporals, sergeants, and lieutenants, BCoPD continues its long-term goal of diversifying both the rank and file and top-level command. The 33 sworn members of the Executive Corps will include five minorities and three women.

Chief Johnson said that this latest reorganization was accomplished with succession planning in mind. "We are creating a department that is positioned to lead and to thrive now and in the future."

The Baltimore County Police Department received the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation November 2, 2014 for the ninth time. Accreditation means a police department meets a national body of standards developed by law enforcement professionals.

The BCoPD was first accredited in 1984; the Department voluntarily requests reassessment every three years.

International Gold Standard for Safety Agencies

The accreditation process is rigorous and is a year-long effort by the BCoPD’s Accreditation Team. The team is responsible for the hard work involved in documenting the Department’s compliance with CALEA’s standards in Policy and Procedures, Administration, Operations and Support Services.

CALEA was developed to enhance the status of law enforcement as a profession. CALEA seeks to improve public safety services by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners and covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

Additional information about CALEA is available at www.calea.org.

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