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Precinct 7 – Cockeysville


Captain John Young

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Robert McGraw

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News from the Captain

The county has experienced an increase in auto thefts with the keys left in the vehicle. These cases involve keys being left in the center console or other locations in the vehicle and, in some cases, involve valet keys being left in the glove box. Please lock your car doors and do not leave keys in the vehicle. This is a very preventable crime.

Car manufacturers have made great progress with key technologies that prevent vehicle theft without the keys. Please take advantage of that and remove your key from the vehicle. Remember to practice crime prevention measures as you go about your daily activities and make a conscious effort to remove the opportunity of crime.


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 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 7 - Cockeysville

Read news updates from Precinct 7 - Cockeysville.
  1. Police Seek Identity of Female Suspects

    Identity of theft suspects soughtPolice need your help identifying these two suspects.

    On January 22 these suspects used a stolen credit card at a drug store to make a purchase of over $500. Unfortunately, the victim didn't realize her wallet had been stolen earlier. The wallet was inside her purse hanging on the back of her chair. When the credit card company questioned her about the purchase she discovered the wallet and credit cards were missing. 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Troyer at Precinct 7 - Cockeysville by calling 410-887-1820. Callers may remain anonymous.

    Fri, 31 Jan 2020 19:38:00 GMT
  2. 2019 Officer of the Month Awards

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

    January: Officer Rathmell #4328 who worked a post car only seven days in January but managed to make 49 traffic stops, take 14 reports, and clear 3 misdemeanor traffic violation cases. Officer Rathmell is a highly motivated and experienced officer who is always willing to go the extra mile for investigations or to simply help out a citizen in need. During a call for a suicidal subject, Officer Rathmell was able to establish a rapport with the subject and safely resolve the situation when no one else was able to do so.

    February: Officer Cotton #3744 for his selfless policing, genuinely putting his concern for the public before his own safety. Officer Cotton responded to a call for a sick person in a vehicle around 4 p.m. He found the driver slumped over the steering wheel in a vehicle stopped in the exit lane of a shopping center. Officer Cotton saw that the vehicle was still in drive but the driver had his foot on the brake, so he opened the car door to check on the driver, who suddenly put his foot on the gas pedal. Officer Cotton realized the vehicle was about to drive straight into York Road during heavy traffic, which would endanger numerous peoples' lives, so he ran with the vehicle until he was able to reach inside and shift the gear lever into park. Officer Cotton ultimately arrested the driver for DUI, whose blood alcohol concentration proved to be four times the legal limit of 0.08 BrAC.

    March: Officer Pitts #4947 for the outstanding year he had as a first-year school resource officer, teaching DARE to the 6th grade students, having "lunch bunch" sessions with students in his office, spending time after school at the PAL center, and just generally fostering great relationships with both the students and faculty alike at Cockeysville Middle School.

    April: None awarded.

    May: Officer Knudsen handled a disturbance call where a female was refusing to leave a location. She attempted to coax him into a physical confrontation unsuccessfully, but did succeed in being placed under arrest. During the arrest she assaulted Officer Knudsen, who kept his composure and remained professional, using a minimal amount of force to effect the arrest without injury to the suspect. Officer Knudsen has a reputation for providing excellent police service to the community, having established a strong rapport with the residents in the area he polices. He is respectful to everyone he comes in contact with and considered an asset to his command.

    June: Officer Persuhn

    July: Officer Kidwell #4431 for understanding the importance of old-fashioned police work - knowing your post and knowing the people on it. Following five connected commercial robberies detectives went department-wide seeking help identifying the suspect, providing a basic description but also included details about a facial scar and bushy eyebrows. Officer Kidwell recognized the description as someone he'd dealt with on several occasions, providing detectives from the Robbery Unit with a name and address. Further investigation confirmed that he was the suspect involved in all five robberies, and he was arrested after fleeing from a sixth robbery in the area.

    August: Officer Foehrkolb #5551 possesses a formidable range of investigative skills that he used to identify a suspect, collect evidence, analyze and organize electronic evidence, interview the suspect, obtain an confession and charge the suspect following a series of commercial burglaries in the Hereford area.

    September: Officer Roberts

    October: Officer Jennings #5384 effectively investigated a report of a sexual assault by two acquaintances. Without much information to go on initially, Officer Jennings conducted a thorough and competent investigation that resulted in him identifying both suspects. During interviews, both suspects also confessed to their crimes. Detectives from the Special Victims Unit with whom Officer Jennings worked this case commended him, stating, "The case was fairly complex and consisted of a lot of moving parts. Officer Jennings assisted in every aspect of the investigation, leading to both suspects being arrested and charged with first degree rape." Well done.

    November: None selected

    December: Officer Condon excels in enforcement of traffic violations, making our community safer for drivers. He routinely volunteers to work after-hours for DUI enforcement details. This month his enforcement resulted in stopping an unlicensed driver, a suspended driver, and four uninsured motorists!

    Thu, 30 Jan 2020 17:00:00 GMT
  3. January 28: First Degree Burglary, 15400 Block of York Road 21152

    At 2:22 p.m., the subject used a crow bar to open the door at the victim's residence. The subject began to leave but went back into the house after seeing the victim returning home. Police arrived, ordered the subject out of the house, then arrested him.
    Tue, 28 Jan 2020 19:22:00 GMT

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

About the Precinct Commander

Captain John Young is a 19-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department. He began his career as a patrolman in the Woodlawn Precinct in 1997. In 2002, Captain Young was promoted to Corporal and assigned to the 911 Center in Towson. He was later promoted in 2006 to Sergeant and became the Police Liaison supervisor at the 911 Center. In 2010, Captain Young was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as a shift commander at the Woodlawn Precinct. In 2011, Captain Young was assigned as the commander of the Woodlawn Precinct Investigative Services Team and the Community Outreach Team

Captain Young was promoted to Captain in January of 2016, where he assumed command of the Cockeysville Precinct.

Revised June 12, 2019         


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Captain John Young
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111 Wight Avenue
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
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Main Phone: 410-887-1820
Fax: 410-584-8922

Captain John Young, Commander

Lieutenant Robert McGraw, Assistant Commander

Business Patrol Initiative (BPI)

Community Outreach Team

Counseling Team

Domestic Violence Coordinator

Explorer Program

Juvenile Offenders In Need of Supervision (JOINS)

Police Community Relations Council (PCRC)

School Resource Officers (SRO)

Traffic Team

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