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Date: Apr 11, 2019

Today marks the 145th anniversary of the Baltimore County Police Department. Established by the Maryland legislature on April 11, 1874, the Department has evolved into the 21st largest police agency in the United States.

The Maryland Legislature approved what became Chapter 374 of the Laws of Maryland, authorizing the Baltimore County Commissioners to "appoint such number of policemen as they may deem advisable...," that number not to exceed thirty officers. Starting pay was two dollars per day, with the exception of mounted police officers, who received three dollars per day but had to supply and sustain their own horse and riding equipment. They were expected to work seven days a week until 1912 when officers were finally given 12 days off per year. There was no formal training for police officers until 1939 when a one week training program was instituted. According to historical census data from the Maryland State Department of Planning the population of Baltimore County was around 25,000 in 1870.

Today, Baltimore County Police Department has more than 1900 sworn officers serving a population of over 831,000 and growing (per 2016 estimated census data). Starting pay for a sworn officer today is $51,544. Officers must pass a rigorous 27-week training program. They've also been given a few additional days off since its inception.

In recognition of the Department's anniversary, and in an effort to memorialize all of the changes that policing and the Department have undergone, the Department has begun work on an Anniversary Yearbook, to be published in the coming year. 

To learn more about the history of the Baltimore County Police Department view the history page on our website.

To learn more about becoming a Baltimore County Police Officer or to apply click here.

To learn about the Baltimore County Police Cadet program or to apply click here.

While cell phone technology makes life on the go more convenient, it also has its drawbacks – and its dangers. Every time we pick up our phones to call, text or receive information, we run the risk of crashing into another vehicle or pedestrian.

Why park the phone? Getting pulled over for a violation can get expensive. If you are caught using your phone while driving, you could receive a ticket of up to $160.

Why park the phone? You could save a life. According to the Maryland Highway Safety Office, distracted driving kills or injures approximately 27,000 people per year. It contributes to 58 percent of all crashes in Maryland. These deaths and injuries are totally preventable.

Why park the phone? Causing a crash while distracted can have dire consequences. If the driver is found to be responsible for a serious injury or death while talking or texting, the driver could go to prison for years and face thousands of dollars in fines.

Why park the phone? Maryland law enforcement is increasing its mobile device enforcement throughout the state. Officers will be on the lookout for drivers using cell phones in travel lanes. And yes, that includes holding the phone on speaker or checking your texts at a red light.

Every time you get behind the wheel, park the phone before you drive. It’s more important than any call or text you may receive.















This is a photo taken earlier this year of a Baltimore County Police car that was struck by a distracted driver. Luckily, no one was injured in this crash.

The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, runs through May. This program includes the following segments.

  • JOINS Program – Sergeant Garry Leonard, of the Youth and Community Services Section, explains the importance of this program, which aims at preventing juvenile delinquency by diverting first-time, non-violent offenders from the juvenile justice system.
  • RATT (Regional Auto Theft Task Force) – Sergeant Izaac Hester, of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, provides insight into the unit's daily activities with a ride along with detectives. He discusses the problem of auto thefts and gives tips to keep your car secure.
  • Unsolved Homicide – Idrissa Derme was fatally shot when making a food delivery on October 15, 2018. Your help is needed in solving this crime.

These segments are available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

On the Beat also airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Revised June 27, 2017