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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.

Baltimore County Police Detective Michael Aiosa received the 2017 Exceptional Police Performance Award (from agencies with over 125 officers) from the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association. Detective Aiosa is currently assigned to the Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau as a part of the Maryland Financial Crimes Task Force under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigations Division. His tireless work netted the arrest of several individuals involved in a complex fraud scheme and a restitution order from the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland.

Detective Aiosa led an investigation, along with assistance from the IRS, into a six-year scheme in which the suspects created false business, tax, and financial documents. These documents were used to obtain loans from financing companies to purchase automobiles from area car dealerships. After purchasing the car under the guise of being qualified for the loan, the suspects created a false title for the car, concealing the existence of the loan. Using the false title, the suspects would sell the cars and pocket the money from the sale. Detective Aiosa was able to determine that the scheme incurred at least a $1.2 million cost upon several car dealerships and lending institutions.

Detective Aiosa’s investigation led to the identification and indictment of three individuals for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and aiding and abetting. All three individuals were found guilty after being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland. The leader of the three was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $692,587.63.

Great work Detective Aiosa and congratulations!

Last month, the Baltimore County Police Aviation Team brought home two awards from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) annual conference in Reno, Nevada.

The Night Vision Awards, co-hosted by Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), Night Flight Concepts (NFC), Vertical Magazine and Roto-Craft Pro magazine, recognized the Team for its use of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) over the last five years. The groups also honored the team with the Mark of Excellence Award.

The NVG is an essential tool in the Aviation Team’s tool box. Whether they are used for finding a child, vulnerable adult or a criminal, our men and women are safer when using the equipment.

Safety in the air keeps us safer on the ground. Crime is abated and deterred when criminals know that the pilots in the "Chopper" have them in their sight.

Congratulations to the Baltimore County Police Aviation Team!

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017