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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.

This is the text of Police Chief Jim Johnson's Police Memorial Day message delivered this morning at the annual Police Memorial Ceremony at Patriot Plaza in Towson.

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Good morning, everyone. Today we gather, as we do each year on the second Friday in May, to remember the nine members of the Baltimore County Police Department family who have given their lives in service to others.

Their names are inscribed on our hearts and in our memories, just as they are on the monument before us. This is a time to recollect who these men were as people – their smiles … their unique personalities … their attributes as husbands, fathers, sons and friends.

Mostly, of course, this is a time to reflect on their sacrifice and of the selflessness of others like them, including the two NYPD officers murdered last December by a man who began his path of violence here in our county. They were targeted simply because they were policemen. In ordinary times, we focus on the honor of such sacrifice – on the awe-inspiring wonder of human beings brave and generous enough to die for others.

But these are not ordinary times. We find ourselves caught up in a storm of controversy over the role of law enforcement in 21st century society. The fires of discontent that blazed last summer in a Midwestern town have spread to our own doorstep. Baltimore – the city to which we are tethered by history and geography and our own personal experiences – now is the epicenter of a furious national debate about police and our relationships with the communities we serve. Over the past two weeks, you have been part of these historic events. You have gone above and beyond to protect lives and property while enforcing the rule of law – all while surrounded by distraught and angry voices questioning the integrity of law enforcement officers everywhere.

This is not the place to dissect and debate the complex issues woven into the national conversation on policing. It is, however, the place to confront the emotions and doubts that current events may have stirred.

It is the right time to ask: Does our work still matter? Is our profession still respected? Does the sacrifice of our own fallen officers still matter to our citizens? Would our sacrifice matter?

Each of us took this job because we believed in something bigger than ourselves – because we believed that a safe and orderly society is worth fighting for. Do we still believe it?

Despite the complicated relationship between law enforcement and the public, we have been fortunate to enjoy the people’s good will for a long time, and especially in the years following the 9/11 attacks. Even recently, polls measuring the most and least respected professions consistently show police officers among the “top 10” respected jobs. People are so interested in the work we do that they stop us in grocery stores and restaurants to talk about it. Today, this ceremony will be broadcast through the media with a tone of reverence and respect.

Perhaps we have grown accustomed to such regard, perhaps a bit too much. The oath we swear is not conditional.

We agree to serve and protect regardless of which way the winds of public opinion blow. We serve, not for tokens of esteem, but because cruelty and selfishness exist in the world and must be fought. We serve because lawlessness leads inevitably to the breakdown of civilization.

More than this, we swear to serve all – not just those who hold us in esteem, but all. I know how hard this is. It is easy to work on behalf of those who admire us, whose values mirror our own. But we are called to protect all, including those who do not admire us, including those whose values do not mirror our own. We are required to treat all with respect; all – including those who do not respect the law, or us.

Despite the noise and negativity of the past weeks and months, I am confident that the overwhelming majority of our citizens appreciate the work we do and trust us to do the right thing. You have worked hard to earn that trust, and we hear expressions of gratitude week in and week out. Today, people across Baltimore County watch us laying wreaths and agree with all their hearts that the officers we remember were heroes.

Edward Kuznar … Charles Huckeba … Samuel Snyder … Robert Zimmerman … Bruce Prothero … John Stem … Mark Parry … Michael Howe … and Jason Schneider. Their sacrifice still matters.

From wherever they are, they remind us that ours is a just and noble cause, worth fighting for and, yes, worth dying for. I hope that this admonition sustains us through the difficult days ahead.

UPDATE (March 23):

Baltimore County Robbery detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Stanley Jerome Macklin of the 2500 block Francis St. 21217 charging him in connection with the following robberies:

November 12, 2014 : High’s in the 8700 block of Liberty Road 21133
Just before 12:30 p.m., the suspect entered the store, approached the counter, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

The original release for this incident is available on our news blog:
http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/PoliceLookingForSuspectinNovemberRobberyofHighsStore

January 20 : U.S. Fuel in the 4300 block of Southwestern Boulevard 21228
At 7:34 p.m., the subject walked into the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

January 26 : Cigarette Outlet in the 5500 block of East Drive 21227
At 4 p.m., the suspect entered the store, pointed a handgun at the owner and demanded money, Newport cigarettes, and a tobacco grinder. He fled the store in an unknown direction.

January 29 : Cigarette Outlet in the 5500 block of East Drive 21227
Just before 6 p.m., the suspect the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money and cigarettes. The suspect then fled the scene.

There were no reports of injuries during any of these incidents.

Stanley Jerome Macklin remains in custody at the Central Booking and Intake Facility in Baltimore City and has not been served with the Baltimore County arrest warrant yet.

Original release (March 20):

Baltimore County Police, working in partnership with Baltimore City Police, yesterday arrested a Baltimore man suspected of 49 armed robberies in the city and county.

Stanley Macklin has been arrested in several armed robberies in the city and county.The suspect, Stanley Jerome Macklin, 35, of the 2500 block Francis St., 21217, was dubbed the "khaki pants robber" by detectives because he often wore khakis when committing crimes.

Macklin was arrested without incident at a medical facility in the 2300 block of Garrison Blvd., where he was scheduled to meet with his Parole and Probation officer. BCoPD and BPD have been looking for Macklin since October 27, 2014, when an armed robber hit a 7-Eleven in the city – the first robbery in a string of similar crimes in the city and county. The most recent robbery occurred March 7, 2015.

Macklin is suspected in a total of 49 armed robberies -- 18 in the city and 31 in the county. BPD has charged him with one robbery; BCoPD has a warrant charging him with four robberies. In addition, federal charges are pending. (FBI representatives also attended today's briefing.)

Macklin has targeted small businesses such as gas stations and convenience stores. Most of the Baltimore County cases occurred in Precinct 1/Wilkens, but Macklin’s total crimes cover a broad geographic area.

Photo of press conference to announce arrest made in several armed robberies.At a press briefing this morning at Baltimore City Police headquarters, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson and BPD Commissioner Anthony Batts called this a "difficult" case in which Macklin managed to elude police even after both agencies distributed images of the suspect captured on surveillance cameras through social and mainstream media and despite the offer of a cash reward through Metro Crime Stoppers.

"It was difficult, but we were up to the challenge," Johnson said, crediting solid police work by robbery detectives from both agencies.

Method of Operation

In each crime, Macklin displayed a revolver and, Batts said, used "fear and intimidation" to rob store clerks. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies. But during a mid-January robbery at a 7-Eleven on Compass Road in Essex, Macklin fired a round into a display when the clerk was not cooperative.

Macklin, who police believe acted alone, disguised himself while committing the crimes.

A break came in March during the investigation of a robbery in Hamilton. Detectives obtained evidence in that case that led to a potential suspect. Using technology and surveillance, BPD and BCoPD detectives built their case.

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