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County Experienced Reductions in Crime Through First Six Months of 2020

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today released a new interactive data dashboard, where residents can view detailed information about crime. The dashboard is the latest tool available to increase government transparency and accountability in Baltimore County.

“Residents deserve to know exactly what’s happening in their communities, and this dashboard shines a light on crime statistics in Baltimore County,” Olszewski said. “We’re pleased that the dashboard shows that crime is decreasing in Baltimore County, and that Baltimore County remains a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.”

The data dashboard includes County Part 1 Crime data from 2017 to present. The dashboard will be updated each month.

“We will continue to work relentlessly on building public trust in the communities that we serve. The creation of this information center increases our transparency for citizens to see and understand what is happening in their communities and within our agency,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. “We remain committed to promoting equitable policing across Baltimore County and will continue to evolve and enhance our level of service.”

According to data through the first six months of 2020, Baltimore County reported reductions in homicides and all other major crime categories. From January 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020, Baltimore County saw the following major reductions compared to the same period in 2019:

  • Homicides: 15 percent decrease
  • Burglary: 35 percent decrease
  • Robberies: 30 percent decrease
  • Assault: 24 percent decrease
  • Theft: 23 percent decrease
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 15 percent decrease

No Part 1 crime categories saw year-over-year increases.

“Ensuring the safety of our communities is one of our most important responsibilities and I want to applaud Chief Hyatt and the Baltimore County Police Department for their bravery, service, and progress,” Olszewski added. “Early in the new year, I introduced a series of interventions to enhance the safety of our communities, changes which are already showing significant progress. Moving ahead, we will continue to innovate to make sure Baltimore County’s neighborhoods remain safe.”

The interactive crime data dashboard released today joins Baltimore County’s growing set of resources for residents that provide greater transparency, reflecting Olszewski’s unprecedented commitment to a more transparent and accountable government.

Earlier this year, Olszewski launched BCSTAT, a data-driven performance management program that aims to improve performance, ensure data quality, enhance transparency and increase accountability across government.

Baltimore County has also released a number of downloadable raw data-sets related to numerous government functions and services. Open Data also includes access to the “My Neighborhood” interactive mapping application, which allows residents to select, view and print predefined maps and reports about Baltimore County, such as police precincts, enterprise zones or census information.

In 2019, the Olszewski Administration released the Baltimore County Open Budget platform to empower residents to explore the County’s budget in an online, easily understood format. The platform currently features information on current and prior year’s budgets, including revenue and expenditures for both operating and capital expenses.

As part of a recent package of reforms to improve transparency and accountability in the Baltimore County Police Department, the Olszewski Administration announced plans to build public dashboards displaying data on the number and disposition of complaints against police officers, instances of uses of force and traffic stop data broken down by race. These dashboards will be released in the coming weeks.


Recent Additions Focused on Administration’s Key Priorities

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced several key hires in a number of the administration’s priority areas. Roslyn Johnson has been nominated to serve as the Director of Recreation and Parks, Momen Abukhdeir is serving as the Chief Data and Performance Officer, D'Andrea Walker is the Deputy Director for Transportation, Jessie Bialek is the Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, and Daniel Singh is the Senior Manager of Tourism and Cultural Arts.

“Building an innovative government that effectively serves all residents requires an exceptional team, and I’m thrilled that these talented individuals will bring their experience and expertise to work on behalf of our constituents,” Olszewski said. “Baltimore County is moving forward in big ways, and these individuals will play key roles in helping to carry out our vision."

Roslyn Johnson: Director of Recreation and Parks

Roslyn Johnson most recently served as the Deputy Director for Facility Operations at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and previously served as the Chief of the Commission’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. A Baltimore County native and graduate of Baltimore County Public Schools, Johnson has also held leadership positions in the parks and recreation departments in Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City. She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Parks Association. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Senior Executives in State and Local Government certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.

As the Director of Recreation and Parks, Johnson will oversee a vast network of parks, recreational facilities and recreational programs that serve the residents of Baltimore County. She will lead the department as it works to expand equitable access to recreational opportunities to every community in Baltimore County. Her nomination is subject to approval by the County Council.

Momen Abukhdeir: Chief Data and Performance Officer

Momen Abukhdeir most recently served in the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and as the Deputy Director for the Baltimore City Environmental Control Board. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of CitiStat, the internationally recognized data and accountability office of Baltimore City. Momen earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

As Baltimore County’s first Chief Data and Performance Officer, Momen will lead the administration’s data-driven good government initiatives, including implementing Baltimore County’s first county-wide performance management program and developing an open data program—leading the County to become more transparent, data-driven and accountable.

D'Andrea Walker: Deputy Director of Transportation

D'Andrea Walker most recently served as Associate Director for Transportation at the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation, where she served as executive for all county transportation programs and was responsible for oversight of 100 fixed routes buses, and 52 paratransit buses. She has decades of transportation experience, holding senior roles with the Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland Department of General Services. Walker earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Morgan State University.

The Deputy Director for Transportation will coordinate Baltimore County’s transportation priorities, including developing, designing and implementing a comprehensive multi-modal transportation plan, with increased focus on transit, walkability and bike lanes. This position will report the Director of the Department of Public Works.

Jessie Bialek: Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator 

Bialek most recently served in the Baltimore County Department of Planning, and previously served as secretary to the County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from UMBC.

The County’s first Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator will assist the growing Office of Transportation in the Department of Public Works in order to expand bicycle and pedestrian accessibility throughout Baltimore County.

Daniel Singh: Senior Manager of Tourism and Cultural Arts

Singh most recently served as Activation Manager at Montgomery Parks where he led efforts to re-invigorate parks’ usage in Montgomery County and developed creative place making projects to expand arts and entertainment attractions. Previously, he served as Executive Director of New Spire Arts overseeing the launch of the performing arts venue and the founding Artistic and Executive Director of the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Singh earned a Bachelor’s degree from UMBC, a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University.

As Senior Manager of Tourism and Cultural Arts he will support efforts of Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development to expand Baltimore County’s emerging tourism industry as a fundamental pillar of economic development.


County Prepares to Launch OpenBaltCo as Phase I of Open Data Initiative

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler is asking citizens what information and data they would like to see displayed in an easy-to-use format on the Baltimore County website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov. Effective immediately, County citizens may share their suggestions as to what data should be easily available on the County website by sending an email to transparency@baltimorecountymd.gov 

“Our staff will evaluate and discuss every single suggestion that is received,” said Mohler. “The time is long overdue for Baltimore County to become more open and transparent and move toward being a truly open government. Our team is creating the OpenBaltCo page on the County’s website that will be available by the end of the month. We will not wait until all of the data is compiled before starting this initiative. We will begin by displaying data that is complete and then look to expand that information as quickly as possible.”

Earlier this fall, Mohler initiated the first community survey of County citizens in a decade, and those results will be available in several weeks. OpenBaltCo is the first phase of the County’s full commitment to open data and community engagement. “Step one is to get a large amount of important information about government operations on the web and make it easily accessible to citizens,” said Mohler. “Step two will be to use that information in an interactive way to help people participate in a meaningful way in their government.”

“I am very pleased that County Executive Mohler is beginning the County’s transformation to engage the public in a meaningful way,” said County Executive Elect John Olszewski, Jr.  “This is a great first step, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running to build on this effort and truly become a more open, accessible, and transparent government.”

“I was very supportive of the community survey, and I am very supportive of this latest effort to engage our communities in their government,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.  “How can you improve if you don’t know what the people that you represent think?”


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017