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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.

On Monday, June 22 at 11 a.m., Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson and Irv Litofsky, Director of the Forensics Services Section, received a certificate of accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) International. Troy Hamlin, Accreditation Program Manager, made the presentation.

Forensics Services recently received the hard earned and prestigious accreditation through ASCLD/LAB International. The ISO17025 standards are rigorous and exacting making this achievement all the more exciting.

Baltimore County Forensic Services is one of five local labs in the state to earn the ASCLD/LAB International accreditation.

All disciplines within the lab were reviewed. Those include:

  • Drug Chemistry
  • Trace Evidence
  • Biology
  • Firearms Tool marks
  • Latent Prints
  • Crime Scene
  • Digital Multimedia Evidence

Currently, 396 crime laboratories are accredited by ASCLD/LAB throughout the world.

Chief Johnson says, "This accreditation reflects the integrity, intelligence and dedication to excellence by our staff of professionals in our Forensics lab. Our officers and these dedicated men and women work together to make Baltimore County a safe place to live and work."

The presentation took place at the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286.

The Baltimore County Police Department’s 141st Recruit Class graduation will take place tonight, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson 21286.

Police Chief James Johnson will present the awards. The Chief and Mr. Michael Zeigler, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, will present the diplomas to the recruits. Sheriff Scott Adams will present diplomas from the Cecil County Sheriff’s Department, and Chief Teresa Walter will present diplomas from the Havre de Grace Police Department.

The Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk of the County Circuit Court, will administer the oath of office and the Reverend Herbert Watson will preside over the benediction and adjournment.

In addition to graduating from the Police Academy, three recruits obtained college credits that assisted them in earning an Associate degree upon completion of the training program. Dr. Dennis Seymour, Dean of the School of Business, Criminal Justice and Law for the Community College of Baltimore County, will present an Associate of Applied Science degree to Officer Shane M. Blake, Officer James A. Koscielski III, and Officer Elizabeth A. Rosendale.

The recruits trained for 27 weeks and will spend the next two years in the field as they apply the skills learned in the classroom.

The following is a list of the recruits and their assignments.

Precinct 1 – Wilkens

Officer Jason L. Scott

Precinct 2 – Woodlawn

Officer Jasper R. Goddard
Officer James A. Koscielski III
Officer David P. Roussey

Precinct 3 – Franklin

Officer Ryan S. Griffin
Officer Bryan J. McDowell

Precinct 4 – Pikesville

Officer Shane M. Blake
Officer Stephanie A. Buser
Officer Nicolas J. Landsman
Officer Jun Wen Su

Precinct 6 – Towson

Officer Elizabeth N. Case
Officer Sukhmani Singh
Officer Seth E. Templeton
Officer Ryan G. Ward

Precinct 7 – Cockeysville

Officer Jessica L. Harris

Precinct 8 – Parkville

Officer Ashley N. Morales
Officer Lauren M. Perry

Precinct 9 – White Marsh

Officer Courtney N. Kiser
Officer Gary Moore Jr.
Officer Joshua I. Salins
Officer Paul A. Stefanik
Officer Joshua B. M. Utz

Precinct 11 – Essex

Officer Brandi N. Ahmer
Officer Jessica Andujo
Officer Ricardo S. Cooper Sr.
Officer Anthony J. DiPerna
Officer Sydney M. Ledford
Officer Michaela M. Moore
Officer Joshua M. Moroz
Officer Elizabeth A. Rosendale
Officer John P. Williams
Officer Calvin Wilson III

Precinct 12 – North Point

Officer Brittany N. Barron
Officer Nicholas A. Creaghan
Officer Ray G. Decker Jr.
Officer Courtney C. Keene
Officer Courtney C. Kincer
Officer Sarah D. Kramer
Officer Gary W. Leary Jr.
Officer Jason M. Marino
Officer Kevin Pichardo
Officer Jalen M. Shaw
Officer Allison R. Sibiski
Officer Anthony Westerman

Cecil County Deputies

Deputy Nicholas U. Cook
Deputy Joseph M. McCabe
Deputy Kevin J. Shumaker

Havre de Grace Police Officers

Officer Rosa M. Acevedo
Officer Bryan T. Adams
Officer Phillip D. Paciocco

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