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Precinct 3 – Franklin

Commander

Captain Will Buckingham
wbuckingham@baltimorecountymd.gov

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Mandy Biter
mbiter@baltimorecountymd.gov

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News from the Captain

Lock your car doors. Thieves routinely commute to a residential area and begin pulling on handles to vehicle doors. An unlocked vehicle door is a surefire way to lose important or precious items, including your vehicle.

Additionally, don't give a car thief an opportunity to steal your vehicle by leaving it running unattended. Leaving your vehicle running unattended is also against the law.

Thieves generally do not break windows unless they see something expensive left unattended in your vehicle.

Also, residents should stay alert to certain crime trends that have occurred throughout the County in recent years: deception burglaries and home improvement scams. Be mindful of certain ruses.

  • Deception burglaries occur when suspects, generally working in pairs, approach homeowners at their residence with the intent of gaining entry under a seemingly benevolent role like posing as a legitimate worker from a local gas company, water department, cable company, or as a tree trimmer, paver, county inspector, or government official. One suspect will distract the homeowner while a second suspect will quietly enter the home and search for valuables and cash.
  • Home improvement scams often involve someone posing as a repair person who offers a bargain price on a home repair. These con artists like to intimidate their victims, and the work is shoddy and done with inferior materials.

Details on these and other crime prevention tips are available online.

Report suspicious persons or conditions in your neighborhood by dialing 911. Together, we can make your neighborhood a safer place.

Resources

Are you going out of town? Don't leave your home looking unoccupied. Complete a Vacant House Form and email it to the precinct at pdpc03patrolfax@baltimorecountymd.gov. 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 3 - Franklin

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  1. 2019 Officer of the Month Awards

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

    January: Officer Beckford #5912 for an outstanding month of enforcement, which is not unusual as this is his fourth award for Officer of the Month since beginning his career in law enforcement with BCoPD in December of 2015. Officer Beckford is a proactive officer who maintains an awareness of crime trends and other issues on the post he patrols. Being aware of a warrant for a resident in the Pleasant Ridge area, he maintained a presence in the area until he located the wanted subject and made the arrest, making a large narcotics and paraphernalia seizure and adding distribution of narcotics to the list of charges on this criminal.

    February: Franklin Precinct Community Action Team (Sergeant Harvey #4059, Officer Stewart #4145, Officer Yowell #4221, Officer Daum #5533, and Officer Klein #4229) for their unwavering enthusiasm and commitment to the job and their teammates. Together they devised a plan to serve the precinct's outstanding warrants, and accomplished serving more than 60% of them, beginning with the most serious warrants and in serving warrants in high crime areas, thus also tackling efforts to reduce crime in those areas through saturation of police presence. 

    March: Officer McElfish #5904: Officer McElfish responded to the area of a reported armed robbery at Rice Fish restaurant and located a vehicle he found to be suspicious. When he attempted to initiate contact with the driver, the vehicle fled, but the driver was ultimately caught and arrested, and confirmed to be the suspect of the armed robbery. 

    April: Officer Deel #6085 and Officer Clingan #6084 are jointly awarded. Both officers were exceptionally productive with case clearances and initiative displayed during investigations. Most significantly, however, was the impact they had on a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle crash with major injuries. The quick work these two officers did in applying tourniquets and administering first aid likely saved the pedestrian's life.

    May: Officer Besaw #5259 and Officer Aracil #4926 were jointly awarded for their roles in capturing a suspect wanted for numerous armed commercial robberies across west side precincts. Their quick response to an armed robbery at a Royal Farm store on Reisterstown Road allowed Officer Besaw to locate the suspect vehicle as it was fleeing and give the location out to other units, which in turn allowed for Officer Aracil to remain in that area and locate it after it crashed. A gun was also located and confiscated.

    June: Officer McGrath #6061 made three separate traffic stops during the month, each for a violation of traffic law, which all resulted felony arrests for CDS distribution when large quantities of marijuana were recovered. Officer McGrath is unrelenting in attempts to clear cases he is assigned. One example is a case of a counterfeit check passed at a local bank which took two months to solve, but after obtaining a subpoena for video evidence from an uncooperative bank, Officer McGrath was able to identify and charge the suspect. He is a newer officer, but consistently sets an excellent example for other officers with his positive demeanor, intelligent use of investigative measures and superb work ethic.

    July: Officer Beckford #5912 is once again awarded Officer of the month. In July he made 27 case clearances, with traffic and criminal enforcement well above the average for his shift. His more notable cases included a traffic stop for speeding that resulted in charges against the driver and passenger for drug distribution and confiscation of the drugs and associated paraphernalia. And when he offered a person a courtesy ride after responding to a disturbance call, he detected the odor of marijuana which led to a search of the person and their property. He discovered and confiscated the marijuana, but also located a large number of checks that did not belong to the subject, resulting in him initiating an investigation into an economic crime. Lastly, Officer Beckford located the suspects that just fled a robbery and was instrumental in their apprehension. Officer Beckford is an asset to his command and to this department. We are proud to have him serving our community!

    August:

    September: Officer Bowers #6083 for his diligence & dedication to law enforcement. He always goes the extra mile, routinely leads his shift in case clearances and proactive enforcement, and sets an example of high standards to newer officers. One significant case Officer Bowers handled was a call for a robbery of a 10-year-old child at knife-point. The father of the child chased the suspect into a local grocery store. After reviewing store surveillance video, Officer Bowers identified the suspect himself from prior contacts. He responded to the suspect's house and placed him under arrest, charging the juvenile offender as an adult and returning the stolen property to the young victim.

    Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:00:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct3/2019officerofthemonthawards
  2. November 10: Robbery, Unit Block of Richmar Road, 21117

    At 10:45 a.m., two unknown suspect approached the victim outside of their apartment while one held their hand behind the victim's back and told the victim to give them money. The victim gave the suspect cash and the suspects followed them inside the apartment. Once inside, the suspects demanded the victim's wallet, but were unsuccessful. The suspects then left the location.

    Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:45:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct3/november-10-robbery-unit-block-of-richmar-road-21117
  3. November 9: Robbery, 11100 Block of Reisterstertown Road, 21117

    At 7:35 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the above location by firing a single round through a locked glass door at an open business. The suspect demanded money from the employees. The suspect left shortly after the location on foot with no merchandise.

    Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:35:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct3/november-9-robbery-11100-block-of-reisterstertown-road-21117

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

About the Precinct Commander

Captain Will Buckingham has been with the Baltimore County Police Department for 25 years. He began his career as a police cadet where he was assigned to the Narcotics and Property Crimes section of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. After entering the police academy, Captain Buckingham continued his career as a patrolman and narcotics detective in the North Point Precinct. He was then promoted to the rank of corporal in 2002 where he was assigned to the Garrison Precinct. He continued in that assignment through the transition and opening of the Franklin Precinct. Once making the rank of sergeant, he continued his assignment at the Wilkens Precinct where he would eventually transfer back to Franklin and spend most of his sergeant career in patrol. Captain Buckingham eventually made the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to the Towson Precinct as a patrol shift commander. Once becoming the administrative lieutenant for Towson, he maintained that assignment until his promotion to Captain. 

Captain Buckingham is excited to be back in the Franklin Precinct community, except this time as the precinct commander. He looks forward to not only maintaining but growing more positive relationships within the community.

 
Revised November 12, 2019         

 

Captain Will Buckingham
Captain Will Buckingham
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606 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
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Main Phone: 410-887-6975
Fax: 410-517-1950

Captain Will Buckingham, Commanding Officer
410-887-6965

Lieutenant Mandy Biter, Assistant Commander
410-887-6965

Citizens On Patrol (COP)
410-887-6985

Community Outreach Team
410-887-6985

Counseling Team
410-887-1394

Domestic Violence Coordinator
410-887-6985

Explorer Program
410-887-6985

Juvenile Offenders In Need of Supervision (JOINS)
410-887-6802

Police Community Relations Council (PCRC)
410-887-6985

School Resource Officers (SRO)
410-887-6985

Traffic Team
410-887-6912

Vice/Narcotics Complaints
410-887-1870

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