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Precinct 1 – Wilkens


Captain Eliot Latchaw

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Timothy Kobus

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News from the Captain

I am thankful for the support we receive from the citizens of the Wilkens Precinct. The bond between law enforcement and the citizens they serve plays an integral part in the success of our mission. It is my  hope that you continue to find comfort in knowing the men and women of Precinct 1 are here to serve you.

Citizens are invited to attend the Wilkens Police Community Relations Organization (WPCRO) meetings. They are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Arbutus Library located at 855 Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus, 21227. Join the precinct commanders at these meetings and discuss what's happening in your community.

Remember to follow a few crime prevention tips to stay safe and call 911 in an emergency. Tips for non-emergency situations can also be submitted online via the department's iWatch Baltimore County tip form.


Are you going out of town? Don't leave your home looking unoccupied. Complete a Vacant House Form and email it to the precinct's Community Outreach Team. Officers will then check on your location for any unusual activity while you are away. If something suspicious does happen at your home, law enforcement will be able to quickly reach you or a local emergency contact from the information provided on the form.

Blotter and Crime Trends

Precinct 1 - Wilkens

Read news updates from Precinct 1 - Wilkens.
  1. October 16: Robbery, 3300 Block of Washington Boulevard 21227

    At 7:20 p.m., the unknown suspect entered the Auto Zone then told the employee that it was a robbery and displayed a gun in his waistband. The suspect took cash from the registers and fled the scene on foot.
    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 23:20:00 GMT
  2. 2019 Officer of the Month Awards

    The following officers have been awarded Officer of the Month by their Commanding Officer: 

    January: Officer Farrelly #5042 for remaining acutely aware of crime trends, outstanding stolen vehicles, and wanted suspects in the area he patrols, which  allowed him to spot a wanted person driving in his area, make lawful traffic stop and arrest the suspect on an open felony warrant. Very well done!

    February: Officer Wickless #4521 who maintains a daily traffic enforcement record well above her squad's average. She is a tenured officer who remains dedicated to her law enforcement duties, is a disciplined investigator, and an asset to her command with her infectious positive attitude and proactive enforcement strategy. Her most significant case this month involved linking together a number of 4th degree burglaries through a diligent investigation that included identifying the suspect vehicle involved. Her persistence led her to locate the vehicle and arrest two suspects. Her skill as an investigator led her to obtain confessions to their crimes.

    March: Officer Kight #5473, awarded for his skill in narcotics enforcement. On one traffic stop in a high crime area he seized cocaine, heroin, crack, marijuana and a handgun. In another traffic stop, a probable cause search yielded marijuana, cocaine, and another handgun. He always exceeds expectations for proactive patrol, targeting known trouble areas. His work ethic & patrol tactics make him an outstanding officer!

    April: Officer Arciaga #6178 is a newer officer, energetic and diligent. He is a motivated and proactive officer, making self-initiated criminal and traffic enforcement, and keeping high visibility in known higher-crime areas while doing so, including making five stops for routine traffic violations that each resulted in narcotics case clearances. Keep up the good work!

    May: Officer Usher #6100 for his tenacious investigations that led to the development of suspect information and confessions in two of the nine criminal cases he cleared this month. He also cleared six serious traffic cases. Officer Usher is a motivated officer who consistently leads his shift in enforcement and is considered an asset by his supervisors to his shift, his precinct, and the Baltimore County Police Department.

    June: Officer Walter #5776 for the detailed observations she made of a suspicious subject while enroute to a priority call for service that ultimately led to the identification and apprehension of an armed robbery suspect later that day. When the elderly victim called police to report being robbed on the street at knifepoint, Officer Walter recognized the description of the suspect matched the description she noted of the suspicious person earlier that day. Officers searched the area and quickly located and arrested the suspect. Conscious observations are imperative in good police work and Officer Walter does an excellent job of consciously patrolling in the Wilkens Precinct.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT
  3. October 15: Attempted First Degree Burglary, 5300 Block of Highview Road 21227

    At 10:23 a.m., the suspect attempted to open the victim's front door. The suspect then went to the back of the residence and attempted to enter through a locked rear door. The suspect was identified later and arrested.
    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:23:00 GMT

View the Local Blotter for the Wilkens Precinct for the latest news on crime in your area.

About the Precinct Commander

Captain Eliot Latchaw has been a member of the Baltimore County Police Department for 23 years. He began his career as a cadet and has worked his way up through the ranks, becoming the commander of Precinct 1 Wilkens at the end of September 2017.

As a cadet, Captain Latchaw worked in the Narcotics Unit. He has worked as an officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant assigned to patrol in the Dundalk, Cockeysville, Parkville and Essex precincts. He has also worked as a detective in precinct-level investigations and narcotics. As a sergeant, he worked in the Violent Crimes Unit in the Criminal Investigations Bureau and on the Criminal Apprehension Support Team. He worked as a sergeant on the SWAT team for four years before being promoted to lieutenant where he was in charge of the countywide Criminal Investigations Bureau's Burglary Unit. Upon promotion to captain in December of 2015, Captain Latchaw was assigned to the Special Operations Section where he oversaw the Aviation, K-9, Tactical, Marine and Hazardous Devices Teams.

Revised July 27, 2018         


Captain Eliot Latchaw
Captain Eliot Latchaw,
Commanding Officer
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901 Walker Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
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Main Phone: 410-887-0872
Fax: 410-887-1018

Captain Eliot Latchaw, Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Timothy Kobus, Assistant Commander

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