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Last night the Baltimore County Police Department presented awards to officers and county residents as part of an annual awards ceremony.

The department also honored the Reverend James Lane, a former Baltimore County Chaplain, for his 40 years of service to the community.

The event was held at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 21204.

The departmental awards are given to officers who have performed extraordinarily over the past 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:

Medal of Honor: This is the highest and most prestigious Departmental Award. It is awarded to persons who, with the knowledge of risk, found themselves in a life-threatening situation, and intelligently committed themselves to dangers. The award was presented posthumously to Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio.

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.

  • Corporal Mathew Gonzalez
  • Detective Anthony Armetta
  • Detective Robert Easter
  • Detective Jeffrey Lauer
  • Detective Jonathan Trenary
  • Officer Gail Wickless

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.

  • Captain Wes J. Fischer
  • Captain Jeffrey C. Hartman
  • Captain David P. Trivett
  • Sergeant Brandon A. Branham
  • Sergeant W. Shawn Havens
  • Sergeant Bruce E. Markwordt
  • Sergeant Brian S. Martin
  • Sergeant Steven M. Longo
  • Corporal Christopher D. Cullip
  • Corporal Patrick M. Wilhelm
  • Detective Stephanie Brooks
  • Detective Jennifer C. Ende
  • Detective Joseph P. Grant
  • Detective Scott D. Kilpatrick
  • Detective Jaime R. Layhew
  • Detective Jason Metz
  • Detective Ernest L. Moore
  • Detective Andrew L. Muska
  • Detective David L. Phillips
  • Detective Michael J. Romano
  • Detective Alexa H. Smith
  • Detective Amy M. Taylor
  • Detective Christopher M. Toland
  • Officer Brian D. Beckford
  • Officer Michael R. Deremeik
  • Officer Ryan M. Dickel
  • Officer David L. Dillard
  • Officer Steven C. Dix
  • Officer William A. Downs
  • Officer William M. Flaherty
  • Officer Jasmine R. Fleet
  • Officer Jeffrey S. Gale
  • Officer Trevor C. Grove
  • Officer Andrew R. Gwinn
  • Officer Jessica L. Harris
  • Officer Victoria J. Hawkins
  • Officer Darnell L. Isaac
  • Officer James A. Koscielski
  • Officer Benjamin J. Kummerlowe
  • Officer Brandon G. Langley
  • Officer Kevin W. Lehnert
  • Officer Rashad L. Mitchell
  • Officer Joseph V. Murray
  • Officer John C. Myers
  • Officer David C. Nilsen
  • Officer Sidney L. Pierce
  • Officer Hector M. Pomales
  • Officer Jeremy R. Price
  • Officer Fahim M. Rafiq
  • Officer Carlyle S. Riche
  • Officer John K. Rogers
  • Officer Kenneth C. Shields
  • Officer Kathleen M. Strickler
  • Officer Timothy N. Thulion
  • Officer Timothy R. Usher
  • Officer David D. Vandergriff
  • Officer Evan T. Vicarini
  • Officer Antonio A. Yanes

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

  • Sergeant Richard T. Delea
  • Detective Deryck J. Lee
  • Detective John P. Sullivan
  • Detective Isaac M. Thorn
  • Officer Stephanie M. Amer
  • Trooper Tyreze Braxton (Maryland State Police)
  • Officer David P. Crum
  • Officer John J. Dill
  • Officer Jasmine R. Fleet
  • Officer Mason S. Gwinn
  • Officer Gregory J. Meyers
  • Officer Roy M. Mitchell
  • Officer Patrick W. Murphy
  • Officer Jeffery S. Parsons
  • Officer Andrew M. Peters
  • Officer Kenneth L. Pitts
  • Officer Philip A. Sears
  • Officer Ashley K. Vandervall

Awards were presented to citizens in the following categories:

Citizen’s Award of Valor: Presented to a citizen who provided courageous assistance, particularly in which a criminal is seized and detained until the arrival of a police officer.

  • Jasmine White

Distinguished Citizen’s Award: Presented to a citizen who rendered valuable assistance to Department member.

  • Amanda Briton
  • Lassell Burger
  • Cavelia Duvall
  • Cynthia Dwyer
  • Joseph Dwyer
  • Adam Friedman
  • Jose Reyes
  • Erin Upton
  • Steven Weis

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.

On April 30, the Baltimore County Police Foundation honored 23 sworn officers for exceptional performance at its annual awards ceremony. The honorees included Officers Tyler E. Carver, Gary W. Leary Jr., Andrew W. Minton, Erica Slocum and Detective R. Patrick Gibbs for their courageous response to an armed robbery suspect aboard an MTA bus.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at The Valley Mansion by Martins, 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. Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and Stephen P. Somers, Foundation President, presented the awards. The invocation and benediction was offered by the Reverend Herbert Watson.

The following personnel received the 2018 Police Foundation Awards.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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