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The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through September. This edition covers the following segments.

  • School Safety – Sergeant Anissa Watkins, of the Safe Schools Section, discusses the successful partnership between the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Public Schools. Sergeant Watkins speaks about the enhanced safety that the School Resource Officer (SRO) program brings to students and staff in Baltimore County Public Schools, and provides school safety tips.
  • Swearing-In Ceremony of Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt – On June 17, 2019, Melissa R. Hyatt took the oath of office to become the 14th Baltimore County Chief of Police.
  • Precinct 9 White Marsh – Captain Joseph Conger discusses how the officers assigned to the White Marsh Precinct keep our citizens safe in the eastern portion of Baltimore County.

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.

On Monday, June 3, two Baltimore County police officers will be promoted.

The promotion ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286.

County Deputy Administrative Officer Drew Vetter and Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will speak at the ceremony and present the promotion certificates. Ms. Carol Miller, Chief Deputy Clerk for Baltimore County, will administer the oath of office and Chaplain Gary Cross will offer the invocation and benediction.

The following officers will be promoted.

  • Corporal Joseph M. Quattrochi is promoted to Sergeant and is assigned to Precinct 12 Dundalk
  • Officer Jeffery S. Parsons is promoted to Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 1 Wilkens

On April 29, the Baltimore County Police Foundation honored 18 sworn officers and two civilians for exceptional service at its annual awards ceremony. The honorees included Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio of Precinct 8 Parkville for her courageous and selfless actions she displayed when she responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in a Perry Hall community. Officer Amy Caprio was posthumously awarded the Valor Award.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at The Valley Mansion, 594 Cranbrook Road in Hunt Valley. The event began at 6 p.m. for a meet and greet, dinner was at 7:30 p.m. and the awards presentation began at 8:15 p.m. County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and Stephen P. Somers, Foundation President, presented the awards. The benediction and invocation were offered by the Reverend Herbert Watson.

The following personnel received the 2019 Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards.

  • Rookie of the Year – Officer Michael J. Flaherty, Precinct 12 Dundalk
    As a young officer, Officer Flaherty shows uncommon calm and is willing to take a leadership role in stressful situations. Flaherty’s traffic stops led to the seizure of significant amounts of drugs, cash and weaponry. His dedication to the profession is truly admirable.
  • Community Service – Officer Shawn "Spike" McElfish, Precinct 12 Dundalk
    While Officer McElfish has spent his 23 years at the Dundalk Precinct chasing the bad guys, he is also responsible for bringing kids and cops together on the baseball diamond. Baseball camps were held to inspire trust in the system. Some of the children only met officers in bad situations; this was a chance for cops and kids to interact in a positive way. A former minor league baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, he used his experience as a baseball player to help kids learn skills such as leadership. His success with the baseball clinics has led to football camps in the fall.
  • Crime Prevention – Lieutenant John L. Rossbach (Ret.), Precinct 1 Wilkens
    Lieutenant Rossbach spent 33 years serving the people of Baltimore County. Over that time, his attention to the business community has made doing business in the Arbutus area a safer place for employees and customers. Lt. Rossbach knew that most of the incidents happened in the late night hours and adjusted his work schedule to accommodate it and led his officers in the fight to make it a safe place for all.
  • Distinguished Contribution to the Profession – Deborah Street and Kathy Wallace, Office of the Chief
    Debbie Street and Kathy Wallace have a combined 60 years of service to the department. In that time, people within the department learned they were the "go to" people for information. Their pleasant, professional demeanor and knowledge of the workings of the Chief’s Office make it clear why they continue to be an integral part of the department. One of their biggest assignments is planning the annual Police Foundation Awards Dinner. It runs smoothly every year due to their attention to detail. There are many pieces to the puzzle to make this event-of-the-year appear seamless. Their hard work has made the awards ceremony grow in the years since its inception. Debbie Street and Kathy Wallace more than deserve the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award.
  • Exceptional Performance – Officer Rodney Kenion II, Precinct 8 Parkville
    Officer Rodney Kenion started with the department in 2002 and has proven to be a great asset. In one case, while investigating a burglary in which the suspect was establishing residency in a vacant house, Kenion spoke to the owner of the property. He was told the man was living in the house without permission. Kenion discovered the “tenant” was selling drugs from the location. The man was arrested and Kenion obtained a warrant to search the house. The search produced cash, drugs and two handguns. Kenion’s follow up brought the case to a successful conclusion. One investigation led to the closing of two cases.
  • Exceptional Group Performance – Precinct 12 Dundalk – Investigative Services Team: Lieutenant Christopher P. Morgan, Sergeant Kimberly A. DeFelice, Corporal Christopher P. Mazan, Detective Michael J. Copenhaver, Detective David L. Dillard, Detective Matthew H. Horney, Detective Justin C. Serio, Detective Anthony Shelton Jr., Detective Jason M. Stricklin, Officer Shawn "Spike" McElfish, and Officer Gary G. Huth
    The Investigative Services Team, IST, takes on various types of cases. In 2018, IST investigated 168 cases, made 238 arrests and cleared 147 cases. Compared to 2017, $50,000 more in property was recovered, 13 more firearms were recovered, 32 more search warrants were executed, and 25 more arrest warrants were obtained. The cases IST investigated involved several crime trends and violent offenses. To achieve their goal of keeping the streets safe, the detectives used various tactics and methods to apprehend the offenders. In one case, the team solved three armed street robberies that happened within a half hour of each other – one involving a shot being fired at a victim, one involving an armed assault, and one involving a kidnapping case in which the victim was struck by the suspect with a military-style rifle. Though the cases were complicated, IST’s esprit de corps brought a successful outcome to all three cases.
  • Valor – Officer Bishop A. Elder, Precinct 4 Pikesville and Officer Myles T. Hilliard, Precinct 9 White Marsh
    On July 22, 2018, Officers Elder and Hilliard responded to a disturbance at an apartment in Pikesville. A caller told them a family member was drunk and punching holes in the walls and he was also fighting with other family members. The officers went up the stairwell, Hilliard then Elder, and when they reached the second floor, the suspect opened the door and went after Hilliard. The suspect was armed with a large kitchen knife and did not respond to the officer’s commands to stop. When he pushed Hilliard in the chest, Hilliard took a step back, then Elder pushed the suspect against the wall.

This altercation continued as officers kept giving verbal commands and the suspect continued to resist arrest. The suspect also continued swinging the knife wildly in the air. Finally, officers contained the suspect and arrested him. No one was seriously injured except for the laceration on Elder’s arm. Their courage and bravery most probably saved the lives of family and others.

  • Valor – Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio, Precinct 8 Parkville
    Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio graduated from the police academy in 2014. Early on she was seen as a good officer and leadership material. While at Precinct 11 Essex, she was selected to be a Field Training Officer, making her responsible for the training and mentoring of new recruits. She transferred to the Parkville Precinct in 2017 with the determination to increase her knowledge of the communities within Baltimore County.

On May 21, 2018, Officer Caprio responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in a Perry Hall community within the precinct. Another call confirmed that a burglary was taking place and four unknown suspects associated with the stolen Jeep Wrangler were involved. Officer Caprio found the Jeep and followed it into the cul-de-sac. When she arrived, the Jeep was facing her. She exited her car with her weapon drawn, then ordered the suspect out of the Jeep. The suspect appeared to be exiting the vehicle per her orders. As she approached, the suspect jumped back into the vehicle and aimed the car at the officer. Officer Caprio fired one shot into the vehicle in an attempt to stop him. The driver accelerated toward the officer, fatally striking her.

Officer Caprio was killed in the line-of-duty. She was presented the Valor Award for her courage and selfless actions during this incident.

About the Police Foundation

The awards program began in 1980 as a way to recognize the Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the Department. The Baltimore County Police Foundation contributes resources, including seed money and in-kind services, for the development of new projects.

All members of the department, both professional staff and sworn, are eligible for nomination.

Revised June 27, 2017