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Spring is here and the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments, under the sponsorship of the Police Community Relations Councils, are happy to celebrate Public Safety Day (PDF).

The event will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chesapeake Park Plaza, 2333 Eastern Boulevard in Middle River across from Martin State Airport.

The event is free and attendees will see many public safety displays and demonstrations, and will be able to obtain community resource information. There will also be food vendors.

See demonstrations from the BCoPD Aviation Units, Marine Unit, Tactical and K-9. The BCoFD will have engines, trucks and medic units as well as a rescue demonstration by volunteer firefighters. The firefighters will show attendees the special equipment needed to extricate victims from car crashes.

There will be a recruitment representative to answer any questions regarding a career in the Police Department.

This year will feature a historical-classic-import car show (PDF). There will be prizes awarded to the winners.

Plush toys will be given to the first 50 children and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

Come see all the demonstrations and enjoy the day with family, friends and neighbors.

Should there be rain, Public Safety Day will be held on Saturday, April 28.

Photos from Public Safety Day in 2016

Photo from Public Safety Day in 2016.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Photo from Public Safety Day in 2016.

  

  

 

  

  

  

Photo from Public Safety Day in 2016.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Photo from Public Safety Day in 2016.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on June 4 to examine all aspects of the Baltimore County Police Department’s  policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that the Baltimore County Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Department will undergo a gold standard accreditation assessment for the first time in its history.

Public Information Session

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on June 5 at 6 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Baltimore County Public Safety Building located at 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so by telephone. The public may call 410-887-4709 on June 5 between 2 and 4 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Baltimore County Police Department – Accreditation Team, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286. Local contact is Captain Matthew McElwee at 410-887-2260.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Baltimore County Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Professional Excellence

The Baltimore County Police Department has to comply with 484 standards in order to gain accredited status. Maintaining these standards demonstrates the Department’s commitment to professional excellence in providing law enforcement services to all those who live, visit or work in Baltimore County.

The CALEA Assessment Program Manager for the Baltimore County Police Department is Ms. Karen Shepard. The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are Team Leader Chief John Letteney of the Apex Police Department in North Carolina and Team Member Captain Norman Mann of the St. Louis County Police Department in Missouri.

Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or call (703) 352-4225, or email calea@calea.org.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017