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On August 4, Police Chief Jim Johnson, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, community leaders, elected officials, neighborhood groups and citizens in Baltimore County will gather to celebrate National Night Out.

National Night Out is an opportunity for people to come together and show that they care about the safety of their neighborhoods and are committed to building thriving communities. Activities include cookouts, rallies, picnics, block parties, seminars with local law enforcement, and more. These activities foster community spirit and let criminals know they are not welcome in our neighborhoods.

Since its inception in 1984, National Night Out has grown from 2.7 million Americans participating in 400 communities in 23 states to more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.

The following is a list of some of the scheduled precinct events.

Precinct 1/Wilkens

Halethorpe Civic League, 6 to 8 p.m.
Halethorpe Community Center – 1900 Northeast Avenue
Meet and greet
Contact: Otis Collins 410-247-6792

Kensington Improvement Association, 7 p.m.
In community
Parade, meet with Police and Fire Departments
Contact: Frank Ruehl 410-242-7874

Medwick Garth Community Association, 6 p.m.
Medwick Garth Community Center, Medwick Garth and Overbrook Road
Neighborhood walk
Contact: Mary Lynn Clark 410-371-4709

Concerned Citizens of Catonsville, 7 p.m.
The Banneker Center – 27 Main Avenue
Community gathering
Contact: Charlotte Wood 443-463-4014

Oella Community Association, 5 to 8 p.m.
Westchester Community Center – 2414 Westchester Avenue
Community gathering
Contact: Jay Patel 410-461-3118

Precinct 2/Woodlawn

West Edmondale/West Catonsville Manor/Westview Park, 6 to 9 p.m.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church – 929 Ingleside Avenue
Community Picnic
Contact: Kitty Honaker 443-739-9817

Chadwick, 6 to 9 p.m.
Christ the King Church - 1930 Brookdale Road
Movie and cookout
Contact: Sam Alger 410-926-9350

Edmondson Heights Civic Association, 7 to 9 p.m.
Edmondson Heights Park (Granville and Harwall Roads)
“Dessert in the Park,” with beverages provided
Contact: Nancy Stevens 410-788-3105

Hilltop Community Association, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Corner of Brookmont and Lukewood Roads
Community picnic
Contact: Cascelia Spears (cascelias29@gmail.com)

Douglass Park, 5 to 7 p.m.
1014 Handy Avenue
Community meet and greet, Ice cream social
Contact: Veronica Curry 410-747-8925

Deerfield Community Association, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Windsor Boulevard and Spring Mill Circle
Community picnic
Contact: Malinda Taylor 410-265-5926

Graystone Community Association, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
1905 Gwynn Oak Avenue
Community Picnic
Contact: Pastor Michelle Perrera (aunteakeys@yahoo.com)

Gwynn Oak Community Association, 5 to 8 p.m.
Virginia Avenue between Pembroke and Lewellen Avenues
Community picnic, Moon bounce, Movie
Contact: Caroll Watkins 410-916-3535

Liberty Road Business Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, 5115 Old Court Road
Community picnic
Contact: Kelly Carter 410-655-7766

Mardella Run, 5 to 8 p.m.
Gondola View Court
Community picnic
Contact: Rhoda Jones 410-655-8307, 410-303-1464

Twelve Trees, 5 to 9 p.m.
Location TBD
Community picnic
Contact: Donna Clayton 443-841-6069

Orchard Glenn, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1 Milford Garden Court
Barbecue, Meet and greet
Contact: Christopher Brown 410-275-0675

Powhatan/Robin Hill, 6 to 8 p.m.
Powhatan Elementary School - 3300 Kelox Road
Community picnic
Contact: Aaron Barnett 443-255-6905

Precinct 3/Franklin

Owings Mills New Town, 6 to 8 p.m. - McGruff will attend
Central Park (corner of New Town Boulevard and Fitch Hill Road)
Officers will meet with the community and cover topics including home security, personal safety, child car seat installation, and more; DJ; Children's activities; Pizza
Contact: Ellen McNeill 410-458-5508

Chartley Homeowners Association, Country Club Estates Community Association, Reisterstown Improvement Association, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - McGruff will attend
Chartley Shopping Center (525 Main Street)
Safety, health, and environmental-based activities and demonstrations; Children's Activities; DJ; Pizza
Contact: David Powers 410-833-3734

Water Mill Apartments, 5 to 8 p.m. - McGruff will attend
14 Enchanted Hills Road
Officers will meet with the community and cover topics including home security, personal safety, child car seat installation, and more; DJ; Children's activities; Hotdogs and hamburgers
Contact: Steven Murphy 410-356-4590

Precinct 4/Pikesville

Valley Brook Improvement Association, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Winands Elementary School – 8301 Scotts Level Road
Barbecue cookout
Contact: Louise Steinberg 410-655-9977

Queen Anne Village Homeowners Association, 5 to 7 p.m.
124 Wimbledon Lane at the pool
Barbecue cookout
Contact: Max Wolfthal 410-363-1974

Williamsburg Citizens on Patrol, 6:30 p.m.
Bedford Elementary School – 7407 Dorman Drive
Parade (after parade, going to 805 Sturgis Place 21208 for a cookout)
Contact: Ms. Rubin 410-484-4465

Villa Nova Homeowners Association, 6:45 p.m.
Prince George Road and Buckingham Road
Parade, hand out crime prevention flyers
Contact: India Artis

Pahls Crossing Citizens on Patrol, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Pahls Farm Way and Red Jonathan Court
Community walk, meet and greet
Contact: Maryann Ferguson 410-935-8552

Forest Gardens Citizens on Patrol, 6 to 7 p.m.
Forest Hill Road and Forest Garden Avenue
Community walk, meet and greet
Contact: Freddie Wilson 410-597-9019

Willow Glen South Community Association, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Prince George Road and Milford Mill Road at the church
Community members handing out flyers
Contact: Mary Trueheart 410-653-9313

Cedar Gardens Home Owners Association, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Between 8127 and 8129 Salt Lake Drive
Community meet and greet
Contact: Pat Wheatley 410-922-9231

The Residences at Pomona, 5 to 8 p.m.
1 Pomona North at the pool area
Community party
Contact: Shelia Edwards 410-486-6394

Pikesville Township, Time TBD
Cambridge School - 110 Sudbrook Lane
Community meet and greet
Contact: Arlene Rosenberg

Precinct 6/Towson

Precinct 6 Citizens on Patrol groups, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Towson Place Shopping Center (in front of Babies “R” Us), 1238 Putty Hill Avenue
Citizens on Patrol, Providence Volunteer Fire units and Police motorcade throughout Towson neighborhoods
Contact: Ms. Pat France 410-828-5564

Precinct 7/Cockeysville

Yorkshire Haverford Community and Citizens on Patrol, 5 to 9 p.m.
Giant shopping center - 2161 York Road
Community gathering, Fire truck and Kona Ice displays
Contact: Ms. Joni Elmore

Precinct 8/Parkville

Cromwood Coventry Community Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
Rushley Road and Littlewood Road
Block party, including food and raffles
Contact: Ms. Sharon Opdyke 443-465-2879

Harford Park Citizens on Patrol, 6 to 8 p.m.
2500 block of Creighton Avenue, near Harford Park
Block party
Contact: Denise Naylor 443-831-3556

Precinct 9/White Marsh

Linover Improvement Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
Terrace Drive and Linover Park entrance
Cookout and block party
Contact: HB Bhandari 443-403-9984

Fontana Village, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Leasing office on Fontana Lane
Faith-based ceremony, music and food
Contact: Roberta Mosby 443-653-2162

Garden Village Citizens on Patrol, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Garden Village Community Center, 6011 St. Regis Road
Activity TBD
Contact: Wanetta Thompson 410-866-9269

Hazelwood Park Community Association, 6 to 8 p.m.
5615 Daybreak Terrace
Community cookout and games
Contact: Bill Spiegel 410-866-2036

White Marsh/Cowenton Association, 5 to 8 p.m.
White Marsh Volunteer Fire Station - 5419 Ebenezer Road
"Hero" themed activities
Contact: Heather Patti

Precinct 11/Essex

Aero Acres Community Association, 5 to 8 p.m.
Girls and Boys Club on Orems Road
Community picnic
Contact: Dennis Gilpin 410-960-0572

Henderson-Webb, 6 to 8 p.m.
Ashbridge Drive and Holgate Road
Community picnic
Contact: Dave Hopp 410-440-7121

Glen Manor Apartments
Community Building - 40 Glenwood Road
Communiy get-together
Contact: Pam Heatherly 410-686-6383

Precinct 12/Dundalk

North Point Village Civic Association, 6 to 8 p.m.
Battle Grove Park - 7715 Battle Grove Road
Ice cream social and crafts
Contact: David Patro 410-477-4095

Key Landing Apartments, 5 to 9 p.m.
Leasing office (located on Paulette Road)
Pizza and crafts
Contact: Melissa Clark 410-477-8320

Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Corner of Moorgate Road and Denbury Drive (Tot Lot)
Cookout with burgers and wings; Station 6 fire engine and medics; DJ
Contact: Karen Cruz 410-285-7399

St. Helena Community and Neighborhood Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
St. Helena Community Building, 6509 Colgate Avenue
Kids games, wildlife adventures, and music
Contact: Shirley Gregory 410-633-6077

Old Inverness Civic League, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Old Inverness Civic League Park – 204 Bayside Drive
Cookout
Contact: Jim Gindlesburger 410-285-5676

Turner Station Conservation, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Sollers Point Community Center, 323 Sollers Point Road
Cookout, Police K-9 and Aviation units
Contact: Gloria Nelson 410-302-2903

Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Veterans Park
Games for kids and music
Contact: Becky Terjung 410-302-2903

Crime prevention, police partnerships, outreach and public safety education to schools, communities and all segments of our society are the responsibility of every single Baltimore County police officer, said Chief Jim Johnson in announcing a departmental reorganization. The reorganization will further enhance and build upon the agency’s long-standing and a very successful community policing program.

In the past, Johnson said the department’s Community Resources Bureau was separate from the Operations Bureau, leading some officers to feel that building community relationships and working with young people was the primary responsibility of the Community Resources Bureau, or the work of outreach teams in individual precincts.

“Especially in today’s environment, this mind set must change in public safety”, Johnson said. “Our effectiveness rests on the confidence of people we serve. It is critical that we enhance programming and build confidence and relationships with our younger citizens, organizations and all communities in our great County. This is every officer’s business. This is every officer’s role and responsibility – from the Chief all the way to the officers and professional staff members of what I believe is the finest police department in America.”

Effective immediately, the Safe Schools Section, which manages the School Resource Officer program and is liaison to Baltimore County Public Schools, will report to the Operations Bureau, Patrol Division. This will provide better clarity of communication, and coordination of investigations, tactics and procedures to further enhance the safety of our students, faculty and staff that work in our exceptional school system.

A new Youth & Community Resources Section will comprise a Counseling Team, Youth Initiatives and a new Community Partnership Team. This Section will become part of the Operations Bureau reporting to the Operations Commander.

Ten officers assigned to the Juvenile Offenders in Need of Supervision (J.O.I.N.S.) will be reassigned from Police Headquarters to the ten precincts county -wide, allowing families and children in the J.O.I.N.S. Program more convenient, closer to home, police visits and interaction, as well as counseling.

Baltimore County’s very successful and valued Auxiliary Police Program, in which volunteers provide traffic control and other basic operational support to sworn officers, will become part of the Operations Bureau, Support Operations Division.

With this reorganization, the agency will operate under two Bureaus, which will no doubt enhance communications, expedite police response and coordination of crime prevention, community policing and outreach, investigation and patrol services, as well as provide the most robust youth, crime prevention, counseling, and education resources available.

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.

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