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Officer Anthony Michael Westerman, 25, has been charged with two counts of second degree rape and three counts of second degree assault. Westerman has been employed by the Baltimore County Police Department since 2013. His most recent assignment was at the Essex Precinct. 

This case was initiated when Baltimore County Police received information concerning the allegations. The Special Victims Unit conducted their investigation and ultimately pursued charges against Westerman. 

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt, “the allegations made in this case are reprehensible and are not representative of the values and ethics of the Baltimore County Police Department. As a result of a thorough investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau, the officer has been arrested and has been suspended without pay.” Anthony Westerman is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

Acting Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz has announced the promotions of two members to the rank of Fire Specialist, effective March 16, 2019.

The newly promoted members are:

  • Stephan J. Steinberg
  • Andrew M. Hays


The Baltimore County Police Department has completed the year end crime report for 2018. The Department’s efforts in working with citizens, County agencies, and law enforcement partners has once again yielded an overall decrease in crime. In comparison of 2018 to 2017, Part I violent crimes decreased by 4.5%, Part I property crimes decreased by 8.6%, and total crime decreased by 4.5%.

Partially due to a legislative change in Maryland’s definition of Rape that became effective on October 1, 2017, Baltimore County saw an increase of 7.1% in the number of reported Rapes in 2018.

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, “a reduction in crime is a direct result of a positive relationship with our community and the hard work performed every day by the men and women of the Police Department.”

“Driving crime down is an important way we strengthen our communities. In Baltimore County, we once again saw an overall reduction in crime, including a 4.5% decrease in violent crime,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “I commend our police department for working alongside committed community members to continue driving down crime, ensuring Baltimore County remains a great and safe place to live, work, and play.”

Revised June 27, 2017