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Police Chief Jim Johnson has promoted two new colonels, one to supervise the Criminal Investigations Bureau and another to supervise the Operations Bureau.

The promotions accompany a reorganization of the Police Department's existing Operations Bureau, currently comprising Patrol, the Criminal Investigations Division and Support Operations, an 1,800-member bureau. The new structure approved last week by Chief Johnson will produce two commands of more manageable size, a change designed to improve efficiency and quality of supervision.

  • Evan M. Cohen, 56, will serve as the Colonel in charge of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, supervising the BCoPD sections that investigate the most serious crimes. Cohen currently serves as the Major in charge of CID, a command to which he was appointed in 2012. A 33-year veteran of BCoPD, his career includes extensive command experience in both Patrol and Operations, as well as Internal Affairs and Human Resources.
  • Alexander D. Jones, 46, will serve as the Colonel in charge of the Operations Bureau, supervising the 10 precincts, patrol operations and all support operations. A 20-year BCoPD member, Jones currently serves as Major in charge of the Patrol Division, a command to which he was appointed in 2011. Jones has spent his career in Operations and Patrol.

Jones becomes the highest-ranking minority member in BCoPD and the second African American to hold the rank of Colonel, the second-highest rank in the police hierarchy.

"We are fortunate in Baltimore County to have the opportunity to promote commanders of such experience and integrity," said Chief Johnson.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz expressed confidence in Cohen and Jones as leaders and noted that the promotions mark another step in the County's commitment to diversity at all ranks of its public safety agencies. "These promotions are an important move toward a police department that reflects and understands its citizenry."


UPDATE (November 18 5:43 p.m.):

A federal criminal complaint has been filed against Victor Arroyo in the Federal District Court for the State of Maryland. The complaint charges him with transportation of a minor.

UPDATE (November 17 5:11 p.m.):

Police in North Carolina have charged 22-year-old Victor Arroyo of Raleigh in connection to the Jasmine Baker case.

Baltimore County Detectives have also obtained an arrest warrant for Victor Arroyo charging him with kidnapping in connection with what happened in Baltimore County in this case. He has not been served with the arrest warrant yet.

UPDATE: November 15, 10 a.m.

Jasmine Leighlin Baker was returned to Maryland this morning by FBI agents. She will be interviewed by BCoPD's Crimes Against Children Unit as part of this ongoing investigation, after which she will be returned to the care and custody of her family.

The suspect, a North Carolina man whose identity has not yet been released, is held in North Carolina by federal law enforcement agents, who continue to question him. Charges are pending.

"It took dedication and skill on the part of our detectives and our partners at the FBI's Baltimore office to find this young girl. I am proud of the work they have done on this case," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said.

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Jasmine Leighlin Baker, the 12-year-old White Marsh girl who disappeared Tuesday morning after she left for school, was located by federal officers in North Carolina this evening.

FBI agents, who have been assisting BCoPD with this case, found Jasmine at about 10:30 p.m. in a residence in the Raleigh area. She appears unharmed and is in North Carolina, in the care of our federal law enforcement partners. She has been taken to a hospital for a medical examination.

Jasmine was in the company of a North Carolina man, believed by police to be in his 30s. This man is being questioned by federal agents.

Detectives continue to investigate how Jasmine met this man and the nature of their interactions over the past few days. Jasmine has not yet been interviewed.

Digital forensics -- specifically, the clues provided by Jasmine's activity on her iPod and Xbox -- played a crucial role in detectives' ability to find her.

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.
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