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Chief Melissa R. Hyatt was sworn in as Baltimore County's first female Police Chief on June 17, 2019, bringing with her over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Baltimore Police Department. While at the Baltimore Police Department, her assignments included Chief of Staff to the Police Commissioner, Chief of Patrol, Chief of the Special Operations Division, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). In 2018, she retired at the rank of Colonel to accept a position of Vice President for Security for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Hyatt holds a Masters in Management Degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. She is a graduate of the 250th session of the FBI National Academy, and the Major Cities Chiefs Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI). She has been honored with numerous awards and citations, and holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Special Olympics and youth programs throughout the region.
Chief Melissa R. Hyatt was born and raised in Randallstown, and is a lifelong resident of Baltimore County.
A Message from the Chief
The preservation of life is at the forefront of everything we do in law enforcement. Accountability, empathy and compassion are all vital parts of policing. As Chief, I am dedicated to ensuring our officers maintain proficient skill sets that are aligned with the high standards of honesty, integrity, equity and professionalism. To that end, I have implemented a duty to intervene and sanctity of life provision to our existing policy manual. The Baltimore County Police Department continues to train in de-escalation techniques, and utilizing the Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) program. Implicit bias training will become a standalone training requirement for all departmental members.
As Chief of Police, I made a commitment to the communities and residents we serve. Building and maintaining community trust is a cornerstone of policing and you have my promise that we will continue to listen and serve the citizens of Baltimore County.