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  1. On September 28, the Baltimore County Fire Service remembers career and voluntee...

    On September 28, the Baltimore County Fire Service remembers career and volunteer members who passed away during the past year.

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    Annual Fire Service Memorial Ceremony Scheduled September 28
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  2. A 23-year-old Hampstead man was killed early this morning in a crash in rural no...

    A 23-year-old Hampstead man was killed early this morning in a crash in rural northern Baltimore County.

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    A 23-year-old Hampstead man was killed early this morning in a single-vehicle crash in the 19000 block of Brick Store Road, near Hampstead.
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  3. Baltimore County Police have charged two suspects in connection with the Septemb...

    Baltimore County Police have charged two suspects in connection with the September 15 shooting in Catonsville that left one person deceased and one person injured.

    The full release is available on our news blog:
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  4. As part of National Preparedness Month, here are some ways to stay prepared for...

    As part of National Preparedness Month, here are some ways to stay prepared for possible water and power outages. For tips on storing a personal water supply, visit http://www.ready.gov/water #NatlPrep


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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.”

The week of May 17-23 has been designated National Safe Boating Week. In reality, boat safety should be a year round practice.

Baltimore County has 175 miles of waterfront. We in the county are fortunate to have various boating marinas, docks and parks that supply boat ramps so people can enjoy boating, fishing and other water sports.

If you are a boater or plan on buying a boat, why not plan to take the Maryland Safe Boater Class at Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department? This state-approved course is required by law for boat operators born after June 1, 1972. Even if you’ve been boating for years, this is a good refresher course, and you might learn something new.

Topics include aids to navigation, state regulations, navigation rules, and the use of emergency equipment. This information helps ensure a safe boating experience this year and in years to come.

Sessions will be held on June 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on June 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bowleys Quarters VFD is located at 900 Bowleys Quarters Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Call 410-800-8420 to register and for more information. The class is $35 per student.

Upon completion, you will receive a Maryland Certificate of Boating Safety card.

Make every day a safe boating day.

The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers on April 10. The event will take place at the Baltimore Yacht Club, 800 Baltimore Yacht Club Road, Essex, 21221. The evening will begin with dinner and awards at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme, Making a World of Difference, is a perfect description of the many men and women who unselfishly give their time and talents to the Police Department. Last year our volunteers contributed over 23,000 hours of valuable time to the BCoPD.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Expected to attend the dinner are more than 70 volunteers, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Chief James Johnson, members of the Executive Corps, and members of the Police Auxiliary Team.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 6-12.

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