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About the Baltimore County Police Department

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The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) is the nation's 21st largest police department. With more than 1,900 sworn officers, BCoPD serves a demographically and geographically diverse area; Baltimore County comprises 612 square miles, including urban, suburban and rural areas. Our most recent statistical profile provides detailed information about the Department.

Baltimore County surrounds the City of Baltimore, a separate geopolitical jurisdiction.


BCoPD's mission is enforcement of the laws and ordinances of Maryland and Baltimore County; the protection of life and property; the prevention and detection of crime; preservation of the peace; and protection of the rights of all citizens.

Our motto is "Integrity...Fairness...Service."  We show integrity by being honest and maintaining the highest standards of ethical and moral character. We show fairness by treating everyone with respect and dignity in an unbiased manner and by protecting constitutional rights through impartial enforcement of the law. We provide service by offering dedicated, compassionate assistance by promoting leadership, cooperation and creativity, and aspiring to improve the quality of life in partnership with the community.

Additional Information

  • About Chief Terrence B. Sheridan
    Chief Sheridan brings to the County more than 50 years of experience in law enforcement at the local, state and national levels, including more than 34 years with Maryland State Police. Here is a brief message from Chief Sheridan to users of this site, as well as his vision statement for the Department.
  • Precincts and Support Units
    BCoPD includes 10 precincts; the Criminal Investigation Division, which investigates the most serious crimes; and a variety of specialized support units.
  • Crime Statistics
    BCoPD provides official data compiled in accordance with the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System.
  • Annual Reports
    The Baltimore County Police Department publishes a yearly report of many of the activities, accomplishments, and achievements.
  • Strategic Plan (PDF)
    The strategic plan is a "road map" for BCoPD's future service to the citizens of Baltimore County. 
  • Fallen Heroes
    Ten Baltimore County Police Department members have died in the line of duty.
  • Compliments and Complaints
    Find how to submit a compliment or complaint about our officers. BCoPD welcomes your input.
  • History
    Learn about the history of the Baltimore County Police Department.
  • Association of Baltimore County Retired Police, Inc.
    This group promotes the interests of retired BCoPD members.  
Revised April 12, 2019         


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