Officer Amy Caprio #5785 has been posthumously awarded the Parkville Precinct May 2018 Officer of the Month award.

Officer Caprio quickly achieved the assignment of a permanent post after transferring from the Essex Precinct to the Parkville Precinct just eight months earlier. Officer Caprio possessed a strong work ethic and consistently conducted quality investigations, routinely resulting in a high number of case clearances. Her supervisors describe her as highly motivated, professional and compassionate, with an ability to communicate and connect with the variety of citizens she encountered daily. She was efficient in balancing her responsibilities of patrol response and investigation, while still maintaining a high level of visibility through proactive patrol in an effort to deter crime.

Officer Caprio carried these exceptional qualities through to her last call on May 21st. Dispatched to a suspicious condition on Linwen Way at 1:58 p.m., Officer Caprio obtained additional information regarding the suspect vehicle, a black Jeep, and four suspects that may be attempting to commit a burglary. Officer Caprio was aware of additional burglaries previously occurring in the area, and searched for the suspect vehicle, which she found. Recognizing a potentially dangerous confrontation could ensue, she called for clearance of radio transmissions as she approached the suspect stopped at the end of the cul-de-sac on Linwen Way. The suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, refused to comply with Officer Caprio's demands to exit the vehicle, and instead accelerated directly toward where she was standing in front of her patrol car. Officer Caprio was able to fire a single round into the windshield of the Jeep before Harris struck her, causing fatal injuries, and fled the scene.

While this was a dark day in the history of the Baltimore County Police Department, the work that Officer Caprio did that day ultimately led to the clearance of her own murder, as well as six additional burglaries, including the following:

  • 1st Degree Burglary on Linwen Way on May 21
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Northwind Road on May 21
  • 4th Degree Burglary on Ardmore Avenue on May 21
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Hevesy Court on May 18
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Graveswood Court on May 18
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Old Oak Road on May 15

Well done, Officer Caprio. You were an asset to this department and a shining example of the core values of the Baltimore County Police Department - Integrity, Fairness, Service.