Original release (April 28, 2016 8:09 a.m.):
Officers with the Baltimore County Police Department Dundalk Precinct will be holding the First Annual Baltimore County Police Department Baseball Camp from July 25 to July 29 at CCBC Dundalk - free for underprivileged or at risk youth in south-eastern Baltimore County.
The camp is the idea of Officer Spike McElfish, a 22-year-veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department currently assigned to the Dundalk Precinct. Before becoming a police officer, McElfish played baseball for a minor league team in the Cleveland Indians organization. When he is not serving the citizens of Baltimore County as a police officer McElfish is the head coach for the Eastern Technical High School baseball team and a coach for American Legion Post 38’s baseball team.
McElfish hopes that the camp will help police officers and these at risk youth connect through baseball. He stated that he wants to “help bridge the gap between youth and law enforcement officers through positive contacts”
Children will be nominated to attend the camp through local schools, recreation councils, and other programs.
Officers still need some help to make this event a success. They are still in need of equipment such as balls, bats, and baseball gloves. In addition, they would also like to provide lunches for the campers. Anyone that can help out is asked to call the Dundalk Precinct Community Outreach Team at 410-887-7337.