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Keyword: precinct 6

Following a months-long internal investigation of the actions of a volunteer auxiliary police officer in Towson, Police Chief Jim Johnson has decided that this auxiliary officer will not return to patrol duties.

The auxiliary officer, Matthew S. Betz, 44, who has volunteered for BCoPD for 22 years, will be allowed to continue to perform administrative work for the department. (Johnson restricted him to administrative duties immediately after the February 23 incident.) His arrest powers have been suspended, meaning he cannot work in the field as an auxiliary officer.

The investigation by the Internal Affairs Division involved a crowd disturbance in the 400 block of York Road at about 1:45 a.m. in which two women were arrested on charges of resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, second-degree assault and drug charges. The auxiliary officer was assisting on-duty BCoPD officers when he became involved with a college student who was filming the incident.

The internal investigation found that the auxiliary officer behaved inappropriately. “The language he used was incorrect, unnecessary and not helpful in bringing the incident to closure,” Chief Johnson said.

About the Auxiliary Program

BCoPD’s Auxiliary Police Officer program, established by the Baltimore County Code, currently includes 88 trained volunteers. The Code specifies the qualifications, conditions of service and scope of duties for auxiliary officers.

Volunteer auxiliary officers must complete about 115 hours of training in order to be certified by the Police Chief to assist BCoPD officers. They do not carry firearms. Under the Code, all certified auxiliary officers have extremely limited powers of arrest.

Chief Johnson will require enhanced re-training of all existing volunteer auxiliary officers that exceeds the training they currently receive yearly.

“These volunteers make a huge commitment to this department and to this County. They contribute thousands of dollars worth of manpower each year – an asset we value and want to preserve,” Chief Johnson said. “At the same time, this recent incident highlighted the need to make sure volunteer auxiliary members are thoroughly trained and properly assigned, both for their own safety and for the good of our citizens.”

At 4:42 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to an apartment in the 8400 block of Loch Raven Boulevard 21286 for a report of a shooting. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found an adult male suffering from a single gunshot wound to the lower body.
Police do not believe this incident to be a random act.
The male was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
This incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers
If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.
If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.
Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip:

On June 14 at 6:36 p.m., Baltimore County Fire Department personnel responded to the Virginia Towers apartment building in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue in Towson for an alarm. Arriving units found smoke on the tenth floor of the building.

Firefighters then found a fire in an apartment on the tenth floor. That fire was placed under control at 7 p.m..

There were no civilians or fire personnel injured by the fire but 13 residents were displaced.

There were 24 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment dispatched to the scene.

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