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The Baltimore County Police Department promoted three police officers today. The promotions were held outside of the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286.

Due to COVID-19, this promotion was limited to how many people could attend. These officers will be honored at the next formal promotion ceremony in front of their family, friends and Department members when the need for social distancing is over.

The following officers were promoted.

  • Corporal Stephen Roesler is being promoted to Sergeant and is assigned to the Operations Bureau
  • Officer Jesse Callas is being promoted to Corporal is assigned to Precinct 11 Essex
  • Officer Phillip Wright is being promoted to Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 12 Dundalk

Criminals don't usually take the day off, even during a pandemic. Remember to remain vigilant and keep informed of the latest scams related to the Coronavirus Disease.

Be aware of the latest COVID-19 scams that are out there. Here are a few.

  • A police imposter who stops you while driving, asks where you are going and why you are out. An officer must have a reason to pull a driver over other than for simply driving on the road. If you are unsure if the officer is legitimate, ask for credentials (a badge, identification number). If you are scared, drive to a local precinct or call 911.
  • Make sure that you're not going to a phony station for COVID-19 testing. The Maryland Department of Health has a listing of appointment-only testing sites.
  • Beware of people coming to your door offering to disinfect your home. This is a scam.
  • Online offers for face masks at soaring prices with the promise of quick delivery. Keep in mind that face masks are at a premium right now, along with sanitizers and other items to disinfect your home. Most requests for these items are taking much longer to be delivered to your doorstep.
  • Price gouging is illegal and should be reported to the Maryland Office of Attorney General online or their Consumer Hotline at 410-528-8662.
  • Cures! As of this writing, there is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19. The best preventive measures are washing your hands thoroughly, covering your cough, avoiding close contact with people (keep a six foot social distance) and wearing a face mask to protect others.

The Baltimore County Department of Health has a hotline number that is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-887-3816 with your questions about the Coronavirus.

Additional resources and up-to-date information are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

If you have been scammed, call 911.

The world is sharing a common enemy – COVID-19. In Maryland, as in other states, we have been told to stay put and to only go out for the essentials, such as food and medications. This has us feeling off kilter and, in some cases, alone.

Do something that will keep your mind occupied on something other than the news.

  • Read a book that has been sitting on your end table forever. Today is the day to crack it open.
  • Take out that cookbook and be creative. Go online to find thousands of recipes for everyone’s taste.
  • Drag out that guitar that’s been sitting in the closet.
  • Keep a journal for future generations.
  • Take a walk with your pet.
  • Use that camera you got as a gift to take pictures of your neighborhood. Those photos can be used later to make a calendar or gift for someone.
  • Watch shows that are entertaining, educational and funny. Laughter is a great stress relief!
  • Gardening is great this time of year. Now is a great time to get the flower beds ready for planting.

This could be an adjustment for those who are working from home for the first time. Heed advice from professionals that will help you remain productive.

  • Establish a daily routine. If you shower every morning, do so now.
  • Wear jewelry and makeup if it makes you feel better.
  • Get out of your pajamas and dress for work.
  • Clock in, check your emails and follow your daily work routine as much as possible.
  • Take a break throughout the day. You can still interact with your co-workers via text, email or a phone call. This interaction is important as it's always been a part of your daily work life.
  • Seek out an app that features meditation and calming sounds to use when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 
  • Stretch throughout the day to keep your blood flowing.
  • Breathe deeply and concentrate on what makes you happy.

What we do today will help us in the future.

Keep washing your hands, stay inside and observe social distancing.

Revised June 27, 2017