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Community Outreach and Crime Prevention

The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) works with citizens, civic organizations and other public agencies—such as public and private schools—toward community goals.

Your Local Precinct

Find the contact information and news updates for your local precinct by selecting your precinct below. Not sure where to find your neighborhood? Check the precinct map.


The Community Outreach Team (COT) provides a precinct-based resource to support community problem-solving efforts, as well as develops and executes strategies that promote crime prevention and foster police and community cooperation and communication. The following services are offered at your local precinct.

  • Monitor Your Vacant Home While Vacationing—Complete a vacant house form and deliver it or email it to your local precinct to have officers check on your location for any unusual activity while you're away. If something suspicious happens at your home, law enforcement will be able to quickly reach you or your emergency contact from the information provided on the form.
  • Engrave Your Bicycle—Call your local COT to request that an officer engrave an ID number on your bike. That number and the bike's description will be entered into a database, which will help investigators get it back to you should the bike ever be stolen and recovered.
  • Residential Security Survey—Call your local COT to request that an officer come to your home to conduct a free assessment of your home security.
  • Child Safety Seat Check—To have your child safety seat checked, call 410-887-8717.
  • Report Vice/Narcotics Complaints—To report complaints within your community, call 410-887-1870.
  • Mediation—Contact the Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County.


In addition to programs for citizens, youth and youth counseling, the following programs are offered to the community:

  • Citizens on Patrol
  • Child Safety
  • Child Stranger Danger
  • Computer Security
  • Crime Prevention
    • Environmental Design—Residential, Commercial and School Designs
    • Fraud, Scams and Swindles, Telemarketing, Bunco Games and Identity Theft Prevention
    • Employee Theft and Shoplifting 
    • Home and Business Security
    • Robbery Prevention
    • Vehicle Theft and Carjacking Prevention
    • Vacation Safety Tips and Safe Travel Recommendations
  • McGruff the Crime Dog
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Officer Friendly
  • Operation Identification
  • Personal Security 
  • Preventing Handgun Violence
  • Security Lighting

Get Involved with Your Police Community Relations Council 

Police Community Relations Councils (PCRC) consist of community leaders, interested citizens and representatives of the local business community. Councils regularly recognize individual officers with awards and have fundraisers to purchase and provide needed equipment and supplies for their precincts. The council members meet with the Precinct Commander and other attending police personnel to:

  • Resolve issues that exist between the community and police department
  • Provide an open forum where citizens may bring attention to problems within their neighborhood
  • Provide a line of communications where the police department can inform the community of departmental programs
  • Provide an opportunity to enlist community help in crime prevention projects

The Executive Council meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the follow location:

Public Safety Building, Seventh Floor Conference Room
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286 
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Additional Community Support Staff

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Liaisons

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Liaisons serve as a point of contact for the LGBT community on matters of policing and policy and helps address specific concerns.

Multicultural Relations Liaisons

Multicultural Relations Liaisons identify and establish contact with key members and organizations from the cultural and minority groups that are components of the diverse population of Baltimore County. For more information, call 410-887-5901 or email

School Guard Team

Apply online to become a school guard. To learn more, call  410-887-7364 or email

School Resource Officers

The School Resource Officer Program (SRO) is a successful partnership between BCoPD and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment to act as:

  • Teachers—By providing current trend/law-related education on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT), and working closely with school-based counselors to ensure each student receives proper guidance. SROs do not handle school-based disciplinary issues.
  • Mentors—By establishing a rapport with students by discussing their interests/concerns, being a positive role model  and recruiting candidates for a future career in law enforcement
  • Law enforcers—Investigate crimes, make arrests, patrol communities near their schools

SROs receive specialized training given by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS). SROs are required to dress in full uniform, drive marked police vehicles and be in constant radio contact with precinct personnel. BCoPD has been recognized nationally by NASRO as a model SRO agency. For more information, email Sergeant Watkins at or call 443-809-6487.

Traffic Training Team

The Traffic Training Team provides quality law enforcement instruction in a wide variety of traffic-related topics to officers from any jurisdiction, with preference given to members of the BCoPD.

Dundalk Community College, Roy North Staten Building 
7200 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Phone: 410-887-7386
Email: or

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Youth and Community Services

Public Safety Building
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286


Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Commanding Officer

Captain J. Shanks