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Resources for Communities and Youth

The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) works with citizens, civic organizations and other public agencies—such as public and private schools—toward community goals. Our BCoPD Community Resources Team works with the following programs:

Youth Programs

Public Safety Cadet Program

The Public Safety Cadet (PSC) program is available to youth between 14 and 20 years old. This program prepares young adults for careers and leadership in the public safety profession. Membership in this program is an excellent start to a career in law enforcement

Cops and Kids Basketball Clinic

Kids ages 8 to 14 can play basketball while learning more about police officers and the jobs they do to help the community. Download the Basketball Clinic Waiver (PDF) to register for a basketball clinic near you. Submit the completed application by email to For more information, contact the Youth Community Services Unit at 410-887-5901.

Youth Leadership Academy

The Youth Leadership Academy helps inform young people ages 14 through 18 about police work. The academy helps young people understand why police respond to various situations in a particular way and how they handle those situations. For more information, call the Youth Community Services Unit at 410-887-5901.

Juvenile Offenders in Need of Supervision (JOINS)

JOINS prevents juvenile delinquency by diverting first-time offenders from the juvenile justice system.

Children In Need of Supervision (CINS)

CINS intervenes with youth and families at risk of being referred in juvenile court.

Adult Programs

Elder or Vulnerable Adult Abuse Program

The Elder or Vulnerable Adult Abuse Program protects and supports elderly and vulnerable adult citizens through the investigation of abuse. 

Citizens' Police Academy

The Citizens' Police Academy provides an opportunity for community, business and religious leaders to learn about police work. The academy helps participants understand why police respond to various situations in a particular way and how they handle those situations.

Police and Fire Chaplains

Chaplains provide spiritual counseling and assistance to members of BCoPD and the Baltimore County Fire Department. They assist with:

  • Death notifications
  • Visit or contact sick or injured members
  • Participate in funerals of active and retired members
  • Attend department ceremonies to perform invocations and benedictions
  • Respond to all major disasters in the County

If you are interested in becoming a chaplain:

For questions about the chaplain program and application process, email Sergeant Hassler at

LGBT Liaison

Recognizing the importance of meeting the diverse needs of our citizens, BCoPD has a designated Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) liaison. This officer serves as a point of contact for the LGBT community on matters of policing and policy and helps address specific concerns. For more information, contact Youth Community Services Section at 410-887-5901.

Fingerprint Services

BCoPD does not provide fingerprint services to the general public. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services provides a list of commercial entities that provide fingerprint services.

Faith-Based Programs

The faith-based initiative is an opportunity for BCoPD to join forces with the faith-based community, forming problem-solving partnerships to develop viable strategies for dealing with the array of factors associated with crime and disorder. BCoPD's Community Partnership Team is creating a partnership with the various bodies of faith to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the community, and further the community's role as a partner in crime reduction efforts.

Contact Information

For more information on youth community services or specific programs, contact Commanding Officer Captain Brown or Sergeant Miller at 410-887-5901.

Revised June 16, 2021         


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