It was East meets West on July 25 when recruits from a Chinese police academy toured the Towson Precinct, the Public Safety Building and met with the State’s Attorney. Each stop offered photo ops for the recruits and our officers. For most, this was a once in a lifetime trip.

The 26 Chinese police recruits from the Zhejiang Police College, along with translators and two people from the University of Maryland Office of International and Executive Programs, toured the Towson Precinct. They met with Captain Jay C. Landsman Jr, Sergeant Romanoff and Officer Kraemer who escorted them through some of the areas not often seen by the public.

The recruits witnessed demonstrations of the arrest and booking process, booking photos and fingerprinting. They were shown the holding cells used to house prisoners right after their arrest.

Our K-9 Unit was on hand to show what our officers and their four-legged partners are capable of when hunting down a suspect, looking for drugs or helping find vulnerable individuals who are lost.

Of course, the tour wouldn’t be complete without seeing and touching some of the advanced tools our department uses to keep our county safe. Recruits sat in the departmental cars, checked out the computers on board and the necessary equipment to keep our officers safe. The covers for our Kevlar vests were a big hit with the recruits, as were the T-3 Mobile stand up vehicles used by patrol officers in Towson.

They were interested in the many ways we use technology to keep peace and reach out to the community.

The recruits visited the Public Safety Building and got a glimpse of the Baltimore County Police Department’s rich past when they toured our museum. Old cars, old badges and old radios as well as photos of Chiefs and officers from well over a century ago, told a story of pride and honor that still lives today in the hearts of our officers.

While at the PSB, the recruits met Chief Terrence B. Sheridan. The future police officers were encouraged to ask questions. The Chief has seen many changes in policing over the years. Hopefully, the Q and A session helped the recruits gain some insight into our way of policing in the United States. We have the 18th largest police department in the United States and, as such, we could offer a realistic look at law enforcement. Chief Sheridan enjoyed his time with the recruits saying “It is always refreshing to meet future police officers from other cultures.”