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The Baltimore County Police Department is warning residents of a recent increase in scam phone calls pertaining to jury duty.

The caller will claim to be from the Baltimore County Sheriff's Office and tell the resident that he or she has missed jury duty and must pay a fine in order to clear the record. These scam callers will request that the resident purchase a pre-paid debit card and call back with the number on the card. By doing this, they defraud people into giving them money.

The Baltimore County Sheriff's Office will never ask you for money over the phone. If you receive one of these phone calls, hang up and report the incident to your local precinct.

If you have questions about jury duty, you may also contact the Office of the Jury Commissioner.

A statement regarding firearms and the murder of five Dallas police officers has been issued by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson is chair of the Partnerhsip.

This is the statement in its entirety:

"The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence deeply mourns the loss of four Dallas Police Department Officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer, who were deliberately targeted for assassination today [July 7, 2016] by a deranged and cowardly group of individuals who were intent on killing law enforcement officers. We send our deepest condolences to the families of these brave fallen officers and to the officers and families of those who were shot and survived. Our thoughts are also with the citizens of Dallas, Texas and with this great Nation as we all share in the loss of these heroes.

Our coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations has long expressed our concern over the devastating toll of violence in our communities and in violence directed towards law enforcement. Those who encourage and call for violence against law enforcement are equally as guilty as those who commit such violence and do nothing to promote the kind of mutual trust and cooperation that is needed to ensure that every American can feel safe within their communities.

Law enforcement officers put their own lives on the line to protect others, but the prevalence of gun violence across our nation is making these jobs increasingly more dangerous. Here are some of the disturbing facts:

  • Firearm fatalities among law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have risen sharply this year, up 44 percent over the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  • Gunfire was the leading cause of officer line of duty deaths in 2014, as it has been since 2009, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  •  An increasing proportion of police murders have been classified as ambushes. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, between 1990 and 2000, police murders that were attributable to ambush assaults was about 12 percent; from 2001 to 2012, that figure was 21 percent.
  •  Firearms were responsible for 93 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers between 1996 and 2010, according to a 2013 Johns Hopkins study.

 Gun deaths among all Americans have been on the rise over the 15 years, going from an average of 79 per day in 2002, to 92 a day in 2014 -- the last year for which data is publicly available, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has stressed the need – as a public safety imperative – for improved responses to these senseless acts of violence and will remain committed to pursuing these improvements and calling attention to their need as we are doing today

We owe it to the heroes lost and injured today and to all of America’s law enforcement officers to do all we can to make our communities safer and to unite in support of one another, regardless of the color of our skin, how we worship, who we love or the uniform we wear. Dallas Chief of Police David Brown asked for our support and today, we pledge our support to the Dallas and DART Police Departments, to law enforcement nationwide, and to those in our communities who are far too often victimized by gun violence."

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through July 31.

This segment focuses on the members of the Baltimore County Police Department that were recognized at the Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards Dinner held in April. Award recipients were interviewed about their outstanding accomplishments. The awards and recipients are:

  • Community Service: Sergeant Mandy Biter and Officer Tabitha Hays, Precinct 8/Parkville
  • Crime Prevention: Detective Albert “Carl” Lindhorst Jr., Criminal Investigations Division, Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Section
  • Distinguished Contribution: Mr. Mike Leedy, Planning and Crime Analysis Section, Crime and Traffic Analysis Unit
  • Exceptional Performance: Sergeant Allen Meyer and Detective Gary Childs, Criminal Investigations Division/Persons Crimes, Homicide/Missing Persons Unit
  • Exceptional Group Performance: Criminal Investigations Division/Persons Crimes, Sexual Child Exploitation Squad – Sergeant Kenneth Smith, Detective Christina Childs, Detective Dana Kaczynski, Detective Christopher Raut, Detective Joshua Rees
  • Valor: Officer William Flaherty, Precinct 2/Woodlawn and Officer Bernardo Tubaya, Special Operations Section/K-9 Unit

The Baltimore County Police Foundation was established in 1980 to recognize Police Department employees for their outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the Department and the business community. This year marks the Foundation’s thirty-sixth year of recognizing individual outstanding performance and brings the total number of awardees to 306.

The video can be viewed online. If you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule, you can find it on the County’s web site. Select “Police Report” on the videos page at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/videogallery.

Police Report also airs five days a week on Comcast Channel 25 and Verizon FIOS Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

  • Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
 
 

Revised June 28, 2016