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Chief of Police Terrence B. Sheridan

Photo of Chief Terrence B. Sheridan.

Terrence B. Sheridan has been appointed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to serve as the Chief of Police for Baltimore County, a position he had previously held for 11 years (1996 to 2007).

Sheridan brings to the County more than 50 years of experience in law enforcement at the local, state and national levels, including more than 34 years with Maryland State Police.

Immediately prior to Sheridan’s most recent appointment, he worked as a Law Enforcement Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence and Analysis Section.

From June 6, 2007 to 2011, Sheridan served as Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. As Superintendent, he commanded 2,500 sworn and civilian employees of the State Police, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Vehicle Theft Prevention Council—collectively responsible for enforcing the laws of Maryland.  

Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, Sheridan served as Chief of Police in Baltimore County. Appointed April 8, 1996, he commanded more than 2,400 members of one of the most progressive and professional police departments in the nation. During his tenure with Baltimore County Police, Sheridan enhanced criminal enforcement efforts, increased community policing, invested in advanced technology and reduced overall crime.

Before leading Baltimore County Police in 1996, Sheridan served with the Maryland State Police for 30 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His assignments included patrol, criminal investigation and internal affairs. In 1990, he was promoted to Major and took command of the Drug Enforcement Division. Two years later, he became Assistant Chief of the Special Operations Bureau; in 1994, he became Chief of the Bureau of Drug Enforcement.

After his retirement from Maryland State Police in 1995, Sheridan served as Executive Assistant for Student Safety for Baltimore County Public Schools until his appointment as Baltimore County Chief of Police.

Education and Memberships

Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Loyola College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the FBI National Academy. Sheridan served his state and nation for six years as a member of the Maryland Army National Guard.

Sheridan serves on a number of regional and national boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Harvard Associates in Police Science. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.

In recognition of his accomplishments in law enforcement and his involvement in professional and community activities, Sheridan has been honored with numerous awards and citations.

Revised March 31, 2017         


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