Latest Police Graduation Class is Homegrown and Diverse
Towson, Maryland (June 20, 2014) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County's latest police graduation class provides yet another example of the County's commitment to public safety and diversity.
"By any standard, the Baltimore County Police Department is among the finest in the nation. While there are many reasons that we are able to achieve that status, chief among them is the County's ability to recruit, retain and train outstanding candidates year in and year out," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "Key to that success is ensuring that Baltimore County has a police department that reflects the community it serves. I have been committed to that goal from the day I took office, and it is very gratifying to see our efforts paying real dividends."
Key statistics for the 34 police officers that graduated on June 18 are:
- 94 percent reside in Baltimore County
- 41 percent female
- 35 percent minority
- 32 percent began as police cadets
"This is an outstanding class, and its members have received outstanding training," stated Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson. "These men and women are well-prepared to protect the people of Baltimore County and help us continue to drive down crime."
Crime at Record Lows in Baltimore County
Crime in Baltimore County – especially violent crime – has hit record lows during the Kamenetz administration and under the leadership of Chief Johnson. Meanwhile, Baltimore County case clearance rates exceed state and national case clearance rates.
Recently released U.S. Census statistics indicate a County population of 823,000 residents, a with a 35 percent minority population, including 27 percent African American, 5.4 percent Asian and 4.6 percent Hispanic.