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Baltimore County Police remind children and their parents to be aware of their surroundings while out and about.

Parents, we don’t want to scare children but we do want them to be safe when they are away from the safety of their homes. Have a talk with your children about “stranger danger.” Unfortunately, there are those who don’t have the best interests of the children and stalk them. This means following them in cars or on foot.

Remind children to walk closer to the inside of the sidewalk or road. Advise them to walk with others in a group. Tell them not to talk to anyone who drives by and asks them questions such as “Could you help me find my puppy?” This is a common lure that can engage a child. Tell them to run, scream and find a safe place. Those places could be a neighbor’s house, a store, a fire station or police station.

Children do not have to be polite when someone is trying to stop them.

Update (12/15/16 12:20 p.m.)

Due to pending inclement weather, the basketball clinic at Dumbarton Middle School is cancelled. 

Original Release (11/29/17 12:16 p.m.)

Kids, ages eight to 14, are invited to another free basketball clinic hosted by the Baltimore County Police Department. The clinic will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 15, at Dumbarton Middle School located at 300 York Road, Towson 21286.

Children are encouraged to bring a friend and get some hoop tips from County officers. The clinic offers kids a chance to learn teamwork, as well as develop leadership skills. It is also a great opportunity for police officers and youngsters to interact with each other. The officers are great role models for young people.

Officers from around the County will be there to share their "hoop" skills. As they do so, they will be open to questions from the kids regarding police work and how to join the Baltimore County Police Department as an Explorer or Cadet.

Pizza, water, Gatorade, snacks and a "sports sack" will be provided to all participants.

Get your sneakers, shorts and favorite T-shirt ready for the Pre-Holiday Basketball Clinic.

Download and submit the Basketball Clinic permission slip/waiver (PDF) to register. Walk-ins are welcome too!

View video from the spring 2017 Basketball Clinic.

See you December 15!

Photo of Baltimore County Police Department receiving donation of comfort bags.The Baltimore County Police Department recently received a gift that will keep on giving. 

Books to the Rescue! is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to comfort children during a crisis through the gift of books, while simultaneously promoting literacy. The Baltimore County Police Department was just presented with 20 "Comfort Bags," two for each of our 10 precincts, to be kept in patrol cars for use when officers encounter a child in a crisis situation.

These "Comfort Bags" each contain enough materials to reach approximately 40 - 50 children. They are packed full of brand new books, stuffed animals, and activity books designed to address the different emotional needs that a child in crisis may have, including anxiety, fear or loneliness.  Officers will be able to use these items to engage children ranging in age from infancy through early teens, help calm them, and help redirect their attention during traumatic or stressful situations.

Major Rob McCullough, Executive Officer in the Baltimore County Police Department’s Operations Bureau, met with Marcella Bell, the Baltimore Community Coordinator for Books to the Rescue!™, who presented this gift that will keep on giving to the Department. After six months Books to the Rescue!™ will replenish the bags with more books, stuffed animals and activities for the officers' use with children in crisis.

Photo of available books inside comfort bags.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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