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The Baltimore County Police Department's final,official crime statistics for 2013 show reductions in overall crime and in almost every category of serious crime.

Chief Jim Johnson said these statistics -- which continue a years-long reduction in crime in Baltimore County -- are a testament to the quality of police personnel and the soundness of law enforcement strategies that involve identifying trends, understanding why trends occur and directing resources to the problem.

The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) compiles crime statistics in accordance with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The final data presented here has been certified as accurate under the UCR system.

Here are the highlights of the 2013 crime statistics:

  • Total crime fell by 5.2 percent against previous five-year average.
  • Part I violent crime, the most serious violent crime, fell by 5.5 percent against the previous five-year average.
  • The number of homicides in 2013 dropped by seven cases – a nearly 26 percent drop – when compared to the previous five-year average.
  • Rapes fell by 19 cases and aggravated assaults by 258 cases.

Following a months-long internal investigation of the actions of a volunteer auxiliary police officer in Towson, Police Chief Jim Johnson has decided that this auxiliary officer will not return to patrol duties.

The auxiliary officer, Matthew S. Betz, 44, who has volunteered for BCoPD for 22 years, will be allowed to continue to perform administrative work for the department. (Johnson restricted him to administrative duties immediately after the February 23 incident.) His arrest powers have been suspended, meaning he cannot work in the field as an auxiliary officer.

The investigation by the Internal Affairs Division involved a crowd disturbance in the 400 block of York Road at about 1:45 a.m. in which two women were arrested on charges of resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, second-degree assault and drug charges. The auxiliary officer was assisting on-duty BCoPD officers when he became involved with a college student who was filming the incident.

The internal investigation found that the auxiliary officer behaved inappropriately. “The language he used was incorrect, unnecessary and not helpful in bringing the incident to closure,” Chief Johnson said.

About the Auxiliary Program

BCoPD’s Auxiliary Police Officer program, established by the Baltimore County Code, currently includes 88 trained volunteers. The Code specifies the qualifications, conditions of service and scope of duties for auxiliary officers.

Volunteer auxiliary officers must complete about 115 hours of training in order to be certified by the Police Chief to assist BCoPD officers. They do not carry firearms. Under the Code, all certified auxiliary officers have extremely limited powers of arrest.

Chief Johnson will require enhanced re-training of all existing volunteer auxiliary officers that exceeds the training they currently receive yearly.

“These volunteers make a huge commitment to this department and to this County. They contribute thousands of dollars worth of manpower each year – an asset we value and want to preserve,” Chief Johnson said. “At the same time, this recent incident highlighted the need to make sure volunteer auxiliary members are thoroughly trained and properly assigned, both for their own safety and for the good of our citizens.”

Baltimore County has noted a recent increase in the number of serious pedestrian crashes -- and contrary to public perception, the pedestrian is at fault in about 80 percent of these incidents.
 
This Thursday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m.,  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Police Chief Jim Johnson and Fire Chief John Hohman will discuss the issue of pedestrian crashes along roadways in Baltimore County and announce a coordinated public awareness campaign for pedestrians. BCoPD and BCoFD handle about 420 pedestrian-vehicle crashes each year. The number of fatal pedestrian crashes increased in 2013 against each of the previous five years. 
 
The event will be held at the Randallstown Fire Station, 3610 Brenbrook Rd., 21133.
 
Attendees will include officers from BCoPD and BCoFD who have been working together on this issue; representatives from the Department of Public Works involved in engineering changes designed to improve pedestrian safety; and representatives from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and MVA's Maryland Highway Safety Office.

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