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Tonight at 7 p.m., the Baltimore County Police Department will present awards to officers and county residents as part of an awards ceremony. The event will be held at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson 21286.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt will present the awards, while Pastor Melvin Rascoe will preside over the invocation and benediction.

Awards are given to officers who have performed extraordinarily over the last 12 months. The Baltimore County Police Department Awards Review Board spends months reviewing nominations based on departmental standard criteria.

Awards are presented to officers in the following categories:

Silver Star: This is the second highest Departmental Award. It recognizes officers who demonstrate valor, courage, intelligence and bravery over and above that normally demanded and expected.

  • Officer Nicholas A. Creaghan – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Sheldon J. Reed – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Branden C. A. Sands – Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Commendation: This is the third highest Departmental Award. It is awarded to officers who display courage and devotion to duty above that normally required, or who display intelligence during unusual circumstances, or who demonstrate initiative in solving a crime, or one who, under certain circumstances, arrest an armed and dangerous person.

  • Corporal Brian M. Cowley – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Detective Anthony N. Armetta – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Allen E. Jones – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Kenneth P. Nacke – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Jason M. Sutton – Criminal Investigations Bureau/Criminal Apprehension Support Team
  • Detective Ellis E. Temple – Precinct 2/Woodlawn
  • Officer Christopher P. Harding – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Kevin Pichardo – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Dillon D. Waugh – Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Emergency Service Award: This award is awarded for an effort to save a human life.

  • Officer Timothy J. Bull – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Deputy Stacey Dickens – Baltimore City Sheriff’s Department
  • Officer Robert E. Francis – Precinct 12/Dundalk
  • Officer Kevin M. Thomas – Precinct 9/White Marsh

Distinguished Citizen’s Award: This award is presented to a citizen who rendered valuable assistance to Department members.

  • Jason Bremer
  • Tatyana Brown
  • Joseph Green
  • Michael R. Heller
  • Jeremy Kirkpatrick
  • Joseph C. McDermott
  • Robert Moore
  • Adedeji Oduntan
  • Daniel T. Rogers
  • Roy R. Taylor
  • Graftin Tyler

The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers tonight. The event will take place at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore 21244. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Colonel Robert McCullough, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, will present awards to five volunteers, 13 chaplains, 38 members of the Police Auxiliary Team, and two retired police officers who offer their assistance on cases. These members volunteered approximately 10,000 hours in 2018.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 7 to 13.

This year marks the 17th annual “Shop with a Cop” program in Baltimore County. At 7:30 a.m. on December 8, 100 police officers and 100 children will leave precincts from around Baltimore County to participate in the event.

Officers and children will arrive at approximately 8 a.m. at the Walmart store in Cockeysville. Members of the Optimist Clubs will greet them as holiday music is performed by Dulaney High School students.

The children and their officer “buddies” will do holiday shopping with money provided by the Optimist Clubs of Baltimore County. Each child receives $100 to spend as he or she chooses. Usually, the children buy presents for family and friends.

After shopping, the officers and children will drive to the Outback restaurant in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre for breakfast. (Outback provides the breakfast.)

A special Baltimore County Police Department tradition, the BCoPD “Shop with a Cop” event is the largest in the state.

The Department looks forward each year to doing its part to give families a happy holiday. The event also gives children a chance to know their local police officers.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017