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Public Affairs Section

The Public Affairs Section provides information about Police, Fire and Emergency Management activities.

Police Department

Corporal Shawn Vinson, svinson@baltimorecountymd.gov, is the Director of the Public Affairs Section for the Baltimore County Police Department. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office telephone number is 410-887-2210.

Fire Department

Elise Armacost, earmacost@baltimorecountymd.gov, is the Director of the Public Affairs Section for the Baltimore County Fire Department. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office telephone number is 410-887-2892.

Media Requests Outside Normal Business Hours

On holidays and after normal business hours, call Police Liaison (410-307-2020) or Fire Dispatch (410-307-2052) to confirm basic breaking news details. Dispatchers provide basic information and advise if a public information officer has been called to the scene. During significant incidents, Police and Fire dispatch officers must handle multiple tasks and will be extremely busy; they will respond to media as they are able.

On-call Police and Fire Public Information Officers (PIOs) will provide updates about significant breaking news such as shootings, multi-patient crashes and multi-alarm fires through the social media addresses posted below.

For inquiries about non-breaking news and minor incidents during regular business hours, contact the Police or Fire Public Affairs Sections.

Social Media

Police

Posts on the Police Department's social media pages include information about homicides, violent non-fatal crimes, fatal motor vehicle crashes and other fatal incidents, missing persons and other newsworthy incidents as well as information about crimes where public input may aid the investigation. 

Fire Department

Information about multi-alarm and fatal fires, and other newsworthy incidents is provided on these accounts.

Emergency Management

Information about weather and community emergencies is provided on this account.

Weekly On-Call PIO Schedule

The schedule and contact information for the on-call Police and Fire PIO are provided to media agencies each Monday via email. Please post or share with your editing and reporting staff.

Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11:

Monday, November 12 through Sunday, November 18:

If you do not have contact numbers for the on-call PIOs, or if you have trouble reaching the on-call PIOs, contact Police Liaison at 410-307-2020 or Fire Dispatch at 410-307-2052.

The on-call schedule is subject to change due to illness or other personal issues.

Resources for Citizens

News About Public Safety

  • Police and Fire news is available online in this section
  • Police and Fire videos are available on our YouTube channel
  • View Police and Fire photos on Instagram
  • Baltimore County News, the County's "news you can use" blog, regularly features articles by public safety experts on a variety of public safety topics
  • Segments from a public safety cable television program, the Police Department's "On the Beat," are available online
 

 

Revised November 9, 2018         

 

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