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    In light of this incident, area residents are urged to contact the Health Department if they have had direct exposure to this cat AND to take actions to protect themselves, their families and pets from rabies exposure. Contact health officials at 410-887-6092.
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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

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Keyword: crime prevention

The next edition of “Police Report,” the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through October 31.

The opening segment focuses on Baltimore County’s new pedestrian safety campaign “Heads Up – Walk Safe.” In 2013, the number of fatal pedestrian crashes reached a five-year high and in most cases, pedestrian error was a major factor. Lieutenant Steve Troutman and Battalion Chief Jennifer Utz discuss pedestrian crashes in Baltimore County.

The topic in the second segment is seasonal crime prevention and personal safety. Officer Carl Lindhorst of the Community Resources Section provides tips to stay safe.

The program airs five days a week on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available online if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

April 6 through April 12 is National Victims’ Rights Week. The observance marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Victims of Crime Act.

Through seminars and displays, the Baltimore County Police Department, department volunteers and county residents will bring attention to crimes such as domestic violence, college campus safety, bullying, and crime prevention techniques, as well as elder abuse and relationship abuse.

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

The theme for this year’s program, 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice, honors the achievements made on behalf of crime victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984.

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

  • Precinct 1/Wilkens will assist the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization (WPCRO) with the second annual Transition to College: Be Safe seminar. Expert panelists from local universities will address campus safety, relationship violence, time management, binge drinking, partying, mental health and health center resources. This program is scheduled for April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.

Displays and literature on domestic violence, elder abuse and safety for senior citizens will be available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227, from April 7-12. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.

  • Precinct 2/Woodlawn will hold a crime prevention presentation and networking event for business managers and owners. This event will take place on April 7 at noon at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, 21133. Call the precinct’s Community Outreach Team at 410-887-4714 to register for the event. Sergeant Askew, 410-887-4714, is the contact.
  • Precinct 3/Franklin will conduct a seminar for students entitled, “Take Back the Night.” Speakers include Domestic Violence Coordinator Officer Darrin Kelly and the Domestic Violence Advocate from the DOVE program, Cassie Offutt. The seminar will take place April 22, at 6 p.m. at Stevenson University, 10945 Boulevard Circle, Owings Mills. Officer Darrin Kelly, 410-887-6985, is the contact.
  • Precinct 4/Pikesville will hand out literature on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Pikesville, 1301 Reisterstown Road, 21208, from 1-3 p.m. on April 7. Officer Schultz-Rice, 410-887-6775, is the contact.
      
  • Precinct 6/Towson will set up displays and have handouts available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Loch Raven, 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21234, from April 7-12. The displays will contain information on domestic violence. Brochures on teen dating violence and spousal assault will be distributed. Officer Huncher, 410-887-5933, is the contact.
  • Precinct 7/Cockeysville will plant flowers around the memorial tree at the Cockeysville Precinct, 111 Wight Avenue, 21030, on April 9 at 9 a.m. Lieutenant McGraw, 410-887-1820, is the contact.
  • Precinct 8/Parkville will plant flowers at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road, 21234, on April 8 at 1 p.m. Officer Goorevitz and Officer Vaughn, 410-887-5439, are the contacts.
  • Precinct 9/White Marsh will tie ribbons on trees in front of the precinct, located at 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236.

Clothes and other items collected April 6-12 will be donated to the Eastern Family Resource Center and Family Crisis Centers for victims of domestic abuse. Officer Huber, 410-887-5035, is the contact.

  • Precinct 11/Essex will collect donations for the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Donations can be dropped off at any time at the Essex Precinct, 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221, from April 6-12. The shelter is in need of toiletries, adult and child clothing – including undergarments, non perishable food/snack items, and diapers. Officer Michael Lewis, 410-887-0232, is the contact.
  • Precinct 12/North Point will have displays and presentations centered on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Dundalk, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, 21222, from April 7-12. Sergeant Stelmack, 410-887-7337, is the contact.

The annual Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards ceremony honors officers who have performed exceptionally – and, in some cases, put their lives on the line to protect the public and each other.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn on Tuesday, March 25. The reception began at 6 p.m., and dinner was served at 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker was Rod Rosenstein, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

29 Officers, Two Civilians Honored

The following officers and civilians received the 2014 Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards:

Valor Award

  • The Valor Award was presented to Tactical Officers Jason Schneider (posthumously) and Christopher Helphenstine. On August 28, 2013, both officers entered a home on Roberts Avenue in Precinct 1/Wilkens to assist in executing a search and seizure warrant for suspects believed to be involved in an earlier shooting on Shipley Avenue. Officers Schneider and Helphenstine exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects. Officer Schneider was shot by the suspect and later succumbed to his injuries, making the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Members of the Vice/Narcotics Section – Western Community Drug Unit (WCDU), Detectives Chadd Lettau, Rebecca Petrone, Adam Rock and Scott Young, received the Valor Award for their courage and bravery during a life-threatening encounter with three male suspects at a Woodlawn hotel on June 18, 2013. The officers were conducting surveillance at the location when they became involved in a struggle to disarm one of the suspects in a small room with a number of persons in close proximity. Investigation revealed that the suspects had ties to the Black Guerrilla Family gang, and speculation by those involved was that the armed suspect was there to murder the subject under government protection.

Community Service

Rabbi Norman Lowenthal has served as a volunteer police chaplain for the past six years. Rabbi Lowenthal assisted officers and detectives in May 2012 when an Israeli jeweler was robbed and seriously assaulted in Precinct 4/Pikesville. He was able to assist with translation since the victim spoke Hebrew and very broken English. He has also served as a liaison to community leaders and groups to help reduce citizens’ fears due to crime in the area.

Crime Prevention

The School Assessment Team, consisting of members of the Community Resources Team and a team of ten BCoPD Community Outreach Team officers, assisted in the security assessment of the 165 Baltimore County Public Schools. The safety and security of Baltimore County schools will continue to improve with the implementation of their recommended physical security provisions and practice of security-based protocols.

Members of the School Assessment Team are listed below.

School Assessment Team
Sergeant Theresa DuBose – Community Resources Team
Detective Albert C. Lindhorst Jr. – Community Resources Team
Detective Frederick Carter Jr. – Community Resources Team
Officer Bryan Dietsch – Community Resources Team
Officer Jennifer Arnett – Precinct 7/Cockeysville
Officer Edward Borman – Precinct 8/Parkville
Officer Daniel Coyne – Precinct 11/Essex
Officer Warren Fluck – Precinct 12/North Point
Officer Kristy Fuka – Precinct 6/Towson
Officer William S. Havens – Precinct 9/White Marsh
Officer Alisha Helphenstine – Precinct 2/Woodlawn
Officer Andrew Kauffman – Precinct 3/Franklin
Officer William Rubie – Precinct 1/Wilkens
Officer Larry Stallings – Precinct 4/Pikesville
Ms. Christina Arellano –Personnel Section

Distinguished Contribution to the Profession

Sergeant John Hyman of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force created and now commands a “Cold Case Squad” to work the backlog of unserved warrants while tasked with continuing the Investigative Squad’s previous workload. Sergeant Hyman’s ability to incorporate both squads into each others’ workflow has produced high levels of productivity well beyond what was expected. Together, the two squads have finished the first twelve month period with a 253 percent increase in overall productivity from the previous twelve month period, serving a total of 1,086 warrants.

Exceptional Performance

Officer Ryan Daffron has been the top performer at Precinct 6/Towson during the past 12 months. He has written the most reports, handled the most calls for service and had the most case clearances. Additionally, a traffic stop that he conducted in January 2013 led to a suspect being charged in an unreported crime and the recovery of stolen property. Officer Daffron has also embraced the precinct’s electric standup vehicles, T-3, volunteering his time, along with fellow officers, before and after their tour of duty, to help keep Towson safe and enjoyable for all.

Exceptional Group Performance

The Pharmaceutical Diversion Team (PDT) addresses problems caused by the growing use, abuse and distribution of prescription drugs throughout Baltimore County and the Baltimore Metropolitan area. A lengthy and notable investigation in 2013 led to the indictment of an attorney and her entire organization. Several suspects were arrested on drug charges. Detectives seized an abundance of drugs, paraphernalia evidence and U.S. currency. In addition to the many arrests, undercover operations, and cleared cases, the PDT seized $33,189 in cash and assets, and 3,745 doses of prescription medication.

Members of the Pharmaceutical Diversion Team are listed below.

Pharmaceutical Diversion Team
Sergeant Bruce Vaughn
Corporal Steven Sunderland
Detective Noel Arciaga
Detective Lisa Krebs
Detective Douglas Kriete
Detective Isaac Thorn
Detective James Vermont

The awards program began in 1980 as a way to recognize Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the Department. It works to improve the department’s efficiency and effectiveness. The foundation contributes resources, including seed money and in-kind services, for encouraging the development of new projects.

All members of the department, both professional staff and sworn, are eligible for nomination.

Nominations are made by a Department member, screened by the nominee’s supervisor and the Commendation Board. It is then considered by the Foundation’s Awards committee. The honorees receive a plaque and a specially designed ribbon bar acknowledging their contribution.

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