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Integrated Video and Electronic Door Locks Facilitate Cohesive Public Safety Response 

Technology and public safety took center stage today on the final day of American Education Week as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz highlighted the $13.6 million in school security upgrades his administration has invested since 2011.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Chief Administrative and Operating Officer Kevin Smith joined the County Executive at Southwest Academy in Gwynn Oak to assert the value of their school safety partnership; including collaborative training and operations; and unprecedented investments in integrated security video technology, secure door access and school bus GPS technology.

“Thanks to our $1.3 billion Schools for Our Future program, we are creating modern, healthy learning environments for students all around Baltimore County, and a critical element in our investment is in ensuring that all of our schoolhouses are safe places for students and staff,” said Kamenetz.

“Safe, secure schools are of the utmost importance and these technology investments make sense in today’s world,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Tom Quirk.

Security Cameras and Card Reader Door Locks Now Installed in all County Schools

Since 2011, the Kamenetz administration has invested $13.6 million to safeguard schools by installing security cameras and card reader door locks in all Baltimore County elementary schools and enhancing these security measures in middle and high schools. This funding initiative increased the number of school cameras by 400%, from 1,150 to 4,600; newly installing them in all elementary schools, and enhancing existing cameras and adding them as needed in middle and high schools. In the same time frame, the number of card reader door locks in schools more than doubled from 261 to 583, providing an important measure of security for routine schooldays as well as in emergencies.

Integrated Video Dashboard Offers Police Real-Time Situational Awareness

The County is now completing the installation of video dashboard technology that provides public safety officials with instant access to video feeds from security cameras at schools, libraries and other public facilities; as well giving them direct access to live traffic cameras on state highways. GPS systems are now installed in County school buses through a partnership between County government and Baltimore County Public Schools.

Today’s event included a demonstration by a Baltimore County police officer of the video dashboard technology that provides responding officers with immediate, unfiltered situational awareness information when responding to an incident at a school.

Training and Coordination

BCPS and Baltimore County Police continually train together and conduct multiple live scenario exercises each year to ensure a rapid, coordinated response to any situation that may arise, including active assailants. The County’s  School Resource Officer program, which places specially trained officers in schools, is a key component of the integration of resources and expertise between schools and first responders.

IT Infrastructure Investment Enables Modern Security Technology

The County’s aggressive $18.5 million investment in broadband fiber connectivity and a $12 million dollar WiFi initiative for schools not only gives students and teachers high-speed internet access for instruction, it also supports modern security techniques like integrated video technology and card reader door locks.

Kamenetz also funded $2 million for the school system to employ a robust Internet content filtering system to protect students from accessing inappropriate or potentially harmful websites.

Please feel free to share photos from today’s event, which are online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/baltimorecounty/albums/72157666481080009


Winning Programs Cover Body Worn Cameras, Veterans Resources, Brain Health and Food Insecurity 

This morning County Executive Kevin Kamenetz took time to personally thank several County employees for their innovative efforts that helped Baltimore County earn national recognition for programs including the Police Department’s new Body Worn Cameras initiative, and programs serving seniors, veterans, and more.

The County was awarded five 2017 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), including one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas at Work” designations for the Department of Aging’s Food Agent program that assigns volunteers to deliver free food to homebound seniors.

“Once again, Baltimore County was hailed as a national leader by NACo for our fresh approach to providing residents with cost-effective services in a way that emphasizes public safety, transparency and compassion,” Kamenetz said. “Our extremely dedicated Department of Aging staff really outdid themselves this year with three awards, including one of the top 100 ‘brilliant ideas at work’ awards for their Food Agent program, which proactively identifies low-income homebound seniors and coordinates regular delivery of donated groceries by volunteers.”

The Baltimore County agencies that merited national recognition this year include:

  • Baltimore County Police Department, Office of Information Technology and State’s Attorney’s Office for the Police Body-Worn Camera Program
  • Department of Aging for the Food Agent Program – “100 Brilliant Ideas at Work” Winner
  • Department of Aging for their “Brain Matters” Educational Initiative
  • Department of Aging and the HomeFront Committee of Baltimore County for the Veterans Outreach Initiative
  • Office of Information Technology for its ESRI Open Data Site transparency initiative 

“I continue to be impressed by the outstanding efforts of our County agencies and especially appreciate our employees’ commitment to building strong communities and caring for our most vulnerable people,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Tom Quirk. 


Show airs on Cable Channel 25 and online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights police recruitment and diversity, the County’s success at restricting minors’ access to tobacco and how to protect your “plastic” from fraud and theft.

ICYMI – In case you missed it, we review some recent headlines from your County government.

Considering a Career in Law Enforcement? – Baltimore County has one of the top police departments in the nation and they’re seeking bright candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Keeping Kids Off of Tobacco – Find out how Baltimore County’s Health Department is succeeding in preventing the sale of tobacco products to minors.

How Safe are your Credit Cards? – Learn how to protect your valuable “plastic” from creative thieves – whether you’re swiping or web surfing.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/hellobaltimorecounty.html . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017