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Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson has announced a number of new command assignments that take effect tomorrow, April 1.

  • Woodland M. Wilson III will be promoted from the rank of Captain to the rank of Major. Captain Wilson oversees BCoPD’s Operations Support Section, including K-9 and the Tactical Unit. As a Major, he will oversee Support Operations Division, including the Tactical Unit and K-9 as well as Aviation, the Hostage Negotiation Team, the Behavioral Assessment Unit, the Marine Team and Traffic.
  • Major Daniel Kaliszak will command BCoPD’s Technical Services Division. Major Kaliszak currently is assigned to Support Operations.
  • Captain Gordon Skinner, currently commander of Precinct 8/Parkville, will command the Vice/Narcotics Section.
  • Captain Jay Landsman Jr., currently assigned to the Vice/Narcotics Section, will command Precinct 6/Towson.
  • Captain Lisa Hannon, currently assigned to the Operations Bureau, will command Precinct 8/Parkville.
  • Captain Richard Howard, currently commander of Precinct 6/Towson, will be assigned to the Operations Bureau.

The changes follow the retirement last month of Major Karen Johnson.

Thursday morning, members of the Baltimore County Police Department honored Major Karen Johnson, who is retiring after 25 years.

Karen Johnson started her career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1989. Over the years she worked her way up in rank and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998.  While a Lieutenant, she became the assistant commander of the Internal Affairs Section and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

In 2004, Karen Johnson was promoted to the rank of Captain. During her tenure as a Captain, she commanded the Towson Precinct, as well as the Personnel and Training Sections. She attended Johns Hopkins University where in 2006 she received a Masters Degree in the Police Executive Leadership Program.

In 2011, Karen Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement. Later that year, she was promoted to the rank of Major.

As a Major, Karen Johnson commanded the Technical Services Division and supervised some of the most significant advances in the use of technology in the history of the Baltimore County Police Department. The most notable of these advances was the conversion to an electronic reporting system known as Field Based Reporting (FBR). Major Johnson was dedicated to the successful completion of this project managing many requirements with limited resources. In early February the training of officers was completed and FBR is now used department wide. Officers now write reports on computers instead of paper.

Several people spoke at the gathering. All who spoke talked about the dedication that Karen Johnson had to the law enforcement profession.  She received several congratulatory certificates signed by Police Chief James Johnson, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the FBI.

The members of the Baltimore County Police Department wish Karen Johnson success in her future endeavors.

Major Karen Johnson and Colonel Joseph Burris
Colonel Joseph Burris presenting Major Karen Johnson with a certificate

Colonel Kim Ward, Major Karen Johnson, Colonel Joseph Burris (left to right)

Colonel Kim Ward, Major Karen Johnson, and Colonel Joseph Burris (left to right)

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