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Image of Chief Johnson from the Baltimore County Police Department.Police Chief Jim Johnson is one of nine “Gun Violence Champions of Change” – chosen from across the nation – who will be honored by the White House Thursday, April 3, in ceremonies at The White House. The Champions of Change award presentation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event will be live streamed at 10 a.m. on April 3 at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Additional information about the Champions of Change program is available at www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

"Chief Jim Johnson is truly one of the finest and most effective law enforcement professionals ever to wear the badge," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "I congratulate him on this most prestigious honor and am very glad that he calls Baltimore County home."

White House Announcement

Here is the text of the White House’s announcement:

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, April 3, the White House will honor 9 grassroots leaders taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence. Although a minority of the Senate voted down common-sense legislation, the Administration is continuing to take key steps to reduce gun violence by implementing more than 23 executive actions and elevating successful local efforts. This week, the Administration will highlight the critical work some of these local leaders have spearheaded to make their neighborhoods safer and to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama declared, “Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid,’ and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”

The White House created the Champions of Change program to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower, inspire and support members of their communities …

  • James Johnson, Chief of Police, Baltimore County; Chair, National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore County, MD, Police Chief Jim Johnson began his career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1979 as a Cadet in the 911 Center and served in every sworn rank in the Department before being named Chief of Police in June 2007. Chief Johnson holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). He is MCCA’s representative to and Chairs the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership), a coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations.

Chief Johnson works daily in his own jurisdiction to reduce incidents of gun violence and make his community safer. A highly respected leader in his state and at the national level, Chief Johnson is an active voice for law enforcement on the policies and practices that will help reduce gun violence. A gun owner and hunter, Chief Johnson has been an effective advocate for sensible policies that protect the rights of law abiding gun owners while keeping guns out of dangerous hands and excessive firepower off our streets. In 2013 Chief Johnson testified before Congress in support of expanding background checks to all purchasers, and was instrumental in changing Maryland’s law prohibiting assault weapons and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines. He holds a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore. ...

April 6 through April 12 is National Victims’ Rights Week. The observance marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Victims of Crime Act.

Through seminars and displays, the Baltimore County Police Department, department volunteers and county residents will bring attention to crimes such as domestic violence, college campus safety, bullying, and crime prevention techniques, as well as elder abuse and relationship abuse.

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

The theme for this year’s program, 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice, honors the achievements made on behalf of crime victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984.

The following is a list of the precincts and the events scheduled for Victims’ Rights Week.

  • Precinct 1/Wilkens will assist the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization (WPCRO) with the second annual Transition to College: Be Safe seminar. Expert panelists from local universities will address campus safety, relationship violence, time management, binge drinking, partying, mental health and health center resources. This program is scheduled for April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.

Displays and literature on domestic violence, elder abuse and safety for senior citizens will be available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227, from April 7-12. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.

  • Precinct 2/Woodlawn will hold a crime prevention presentation and networking event for business managers and owners. This event will take place on April 7 at noon at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, 21133. Call the precinct’s Community Outreach Team at 410-887-4714 to register for the event. Sergeant Askew, 410-887-4714, is the contact.
  • Precinct 3/Franklin will conduct a seminar for students entitled, “Take Back the Night.” Speakers include Domestic Violence Coordinator Officer Darrin Kelly and the Domestic Violence Advocate from the DOVE program, Cassie Offutt. The seminar will take place April 22, at 6 p.m. at Stevenson University, 10945 Boulevard Circle, Owings Mills. Officer Darrin Kelly, 410-887-6985, is the contact.
  • Precinct 4/Pikesville will hand out literature on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Pikesville, 1301 Reisterstown Road, 21208, from 1-3 p.m. on April 7. Officer Schultz-Rice, 410-887-6775, is the contact.
      
  • Precinct 6/Towson will set up displays and have handouts available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Loch Raven, 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21234, from April 7-12. The displays will contain information on domestic violence. Brochures on teen dating violence and spousal assault will be distributed. Officer Huncher, 410-887-5933, is the contact.
  • Precinct 7/Cockeysville will plant flowers around the memorial tree at the Cockeysville Precinct, 111 Wight Avenue, 21030, on April 9 at 9 a.m. Lieutenant McGraw, 410-887-1820, is the contact.
  • Precinct 8/Parkville will plant flowers at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road, 21234, on April 8 at 1 p.m. Officer Goorevitz and Officer Vaughn, 410-887-5439, are the contacts.
  • Precinct 9/White Marsh will tie ribbons on trees in front of the precinct, located at 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236.

Clothes and other items collected April 6-12 will be donated to the Eastern Family Resource Center and Family Crisis Centers for victims of domestic abuse. Officer Huber, 410-887-5035, is the contact.

  • Precinct 11/Essex will collect donations for the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Donations can be dropped off at any time at the Essex Precinct, 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221, from April 6-12. The shelter is in need of toiletries, adult and child clothing – including undergarments, non perishable food/snack items, and diapers. Officer Michael Lewis, 410-887-0232, is the contact.
  • Precinct 12/North Point will have displays and presentations centered on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Dundalk, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, 21222, from April 7-12. Sergeant Stelmack, 410-887-7337, is the contact.

Detectives continue to investigate the shooting in front of the Fire and Ice Hookah Lounge in Randallstown that left three people injured. The assistance of the public is needed to identify the suspect in this case.

Captain Don Roby, Commander of the Crimes Against Persons Section, stated "Information from witnesses is one of the most crucial components of a successful investigation and subsequent prosecution. Information on this case is what we need more of. We are urging members of the public who have even the smallest bit of information to call us. Even if they think that the information they have will not make a difference, it could be the bit of information that helps us solve this crime. People who contact us can remain anonymous."

On February 2 at 4:06 a.m., police responded to the Fire and Ice Hookah Lounge in the 3500 block of Brenbrook Drive in Randallstown for a report of a shooting. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered three adult male victims with gunshot wounds in front of the establishment. The victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment and have since been released.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the victims were in front of the Fire and Ice Hookah Lounge when they became involved in an argument with another group of people. During the argument, the suspect appeared and fired several shots, striking the victims. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a black male who might have been wearing a black hoodie. He might have had short corn rows or braided hair.
 

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers:

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Leads to the arrest and indictment, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from MCS.

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

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

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