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Keyword: 2018

Photo of fallen hero Officer Robert Zimmerman.Baltimore County Police Officers will be wearing mourning bands on their badges tomorrow in memory of a fallen hero.

On November 5, 1986, Officer Robert Zimmerman stopped on Edmondson Avenue to conduct a business check. As he was crossing the street, he was struck by two vehicles and critically injured. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he died nine days later from his injuries.

The 46-year-old officer had been with the Baltimore County Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Western Traffic Unit. During his career, he received five departmental citations and had once been named Officer of the Year by the Catonsville Optimist Club.

On July 26, a large scale training exercise will take place at the North Point Government Center located at 1747 Merritt Boulevard 21222 (at the corner of Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue) from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The exercise is the culmination of a three-day Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC) that improves integration between law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) during their response to an active shooter/assailant critical incident.

All of the activities will be contained on the grounds of the North Point Government Center. The public is being made aware that there will be an increased presence of emergency response vehicles and personnel at this location, and is being asked to avoid this area during the training exercise so as to not interfere with the activities.  

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through May 31.

This segment focuses on the members of the Baltimore County Police Department that were recognized at the Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards Dinner held in April. Award recipients were interviewed about their outstanding accomplishments.

The awards and recipients are:

  • Valor – Officers Tyler E. Carver, Gary W. Leary Jr., Andrew W. Minton, Erica Slocum of Precinct 12 Dundalk, and Detective R. Patrick Gibbs of the Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Unit. On June 7, 2017, the officers responded to an armed robbery in Dundalk. Upon their arrival, the suspect – armed with handguns – boarded an MTA bus with passengers inside. During the lengthy interaction with the suspect, one of the officers and a civilian suffered non-life threatening injuries when they were shot. After the suspect was shot by officers, aid was rendered to the two who were injured in this hostile and dangerous situation. These officers are recognized for their heroic efforts.
  • Exceptional Group Performance – Criminal Investigations Bureau, Burglary Unit East Squad: Sergeant Shawn Hanley, Corporal Jeffrey Mickle, Detective Claire Brumfitt, Detective John Connor, Detective David Earomirski, Detective Steve Grauel, Detective Michael Kolsevich, Detective Gary Lippa, Detective Douglas Patrick and Detective Margaret Selby. These detectives and supervisors handled and cleared an extraordinary number of criminal investigations in 2017. Their case clearance rate and dollar amount of recovered property are much greater than those compared nationally.
  • Exceptional Performance – Detective Eric Hoppa, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Regional Auto Theft Team, also referred to as RATT. This task force is made up jointly by Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and the Maryland State Police. With less than three years in this assignment, Detective Hoppa led his squad in recoveries and apprehensions.
  • Distinguished Contribution to the Profession – Lieutenant Doug McManus of Precinct 3 Franklin for starting a training program known as “Be Safe.” This program has increased the effectiveness in identifying and responding to situations involving citizens with autism. It includes exercises that pair an autistic student with a police partner. This training has made it easier to resolve situations more peacefully.
  • Crime Prevention – Captain Scott Canter Jr., Lieutenant Patrick Stonko, Corporal John Haddaway, and Detective Carl Lindhorst Jr. of the Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Section for their work on the Department’s SHIELD Program. This program offers resources and training to local businesses, educational institutions, and faith-based communities as part of a regional safety partnership that fosters preparedness in the event of a critical incident.
  • Community Service – Police Officer First Class James Saunders of Precinct 1 Wilkens. Officer Saunders provided great leadership and service to the community by dedicating himself to the Wilkens Precinct Law Enforcement Explorer Post #9901. He significantly increased the Post’s membership and fundraising, as well as helped the members improve their academics and physical fitness level. He is commended for his devotion to the Explorer Post and the countless hours he gives to its members.
  • Rookie of the Year – Officer Tyler A. Rivers, Precinct 9 White Marsh. As a young police officer, Officer Rivers garnered a large amount of work experience in a short time, being proactive in his law enforcement duties while working for the good of others at all times. He exemplifies great leadership and dependability.

The Baltimore County Police Foundation was established in 1980 to recognize Police Department employees for their outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the Department and the business community. This year marks the Foundation’s thirty-eighth year of recognizing individual outstanding performance.

Police Report is available if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

The program 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