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The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through March.

The opening segment focuses on the department’s recruitment efforts. Officers Shelley Knox and John Mitchell, of the Recruitment Unit, talk about career opportunities to become a Baltimore County police officer or cadet.

The topic of the second segment is the Homefront Program. Mr. Jonathan Dansicker and Ms. Paula Wolff, of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Ms. Sherrill Ruley-Carr, of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, discuss Baltimore County’s commitment to our veterans through the innovative Homefront Program.

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.

Original release (February 11, 2016  8:01 a.m.):

Two men were transported to an area hospital for treatment after they both suffered gunshot wounds in a double shooting in Randallstown. 

 At 8:26 p.m. Wednesday evening, Baltimore County Police responded to the 9300 block of Liberty Road 21133 in Precinct 02 after receiving a call for a shooting at Tom's Tavern. 

 The investigation into the incident has indicated that two men had become involved in an argument with the suspect in the vestibule of the carry-out side of the business. During that argument the suspect shot both men and fled the scene.

 Both men were taken to area hospital for treatment and are expected to survive.

 This incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.  Detectives believe this was a targeted crime and there is no further danger to the general public. 

 Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

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Original release (February 10. 2016  8:34 a.m.):

February is Black History Month. The Baltimore County Police Department takes this opportunity to recognize African Americans who have been pioneers in this agency.

Raised in the small community of Turner Station in eastern Baltimore County, Gwendolyn Parrish knew she wanted a profession that helped people. After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1973, she did not consider law enforcement because of the tension between the African American residents of Turner Station and the police. Instead, she began medical classes at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Parrish later reconsidered law enforcement and joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1980. Over the next 31 years, she worked at many different assignments and forged a trail for minorities.

Parrish’s assignments included Precinct 13/Edgemere (now closed); Precinct 12/Dundalk; Precinct 2/Woodlawn; Precinct 1/Wilkens; and the Community Oriented Police Enforcement Unit (COPE). During the four years with COPE, she received numerous letters of thanks for her problem-solving work in Baltimore County neighborhoods.

Parrish was the first female African American officer to successfully complete departmental motorcycle training. In 1999, she became the first African American woman promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Perhaps Parrish’s greatest legacy is her role as a leader in the police minority community. Parrish was a founding member and former treasurer of the Blue Guardians and a state delegate of the National Black Police Association (NBPA). She was a lifetime member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the National Black Police Association; as a member she enthusiastically participated in international conferences and other educational activities.

At the time of her death in September 2011, Parrish had served the community as a Baltimore County Police Officer longer than any other African American woman. “She was a valued member of our Department, and we are deeply saddened by her passing,” said Police Chief James Johnson after her death. “She made significant contributions to public safety over three decades, and she will certainly be missed.”

Sergeant Gwendolyn L. Parrish will be remembered as a pioneer for minorities who was dedicated to the community she served.

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