City policewoman lauded by law enforcement group

September 27, 1997|By A Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore Police Officer Loretta L. Young has been named officer of the year by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement for her work arresting prostitutes and their customers.

Young, a four-year veteran assigned as an undercover officer in the Central District's vice unit, made 120 arrests last year, most of them in prostitution-related offenses, and has a 98 percent conviction rate.

Her supervisor, Sgt. Craig Gentile, noted that Young often helps people she has arrested get into drug and counseling programs.

"Officer Young sees the value in vice enforcement as a community nuisance abatement, as a health issue," Gentile wrote.

He noted that Young, who often has to work without a protective vest or a weapon, despite standing 5 foot 2 inches tall, has been in several dangerous situations. Once she was pulled into a car by a man who was under the influence of drugs and repeatedly hit her, Gentile said.

"Police Officer Young may work in an area of 'low-profile' crimes," Gentile wrote, "but her work as a decoy is often dangerous she is a prime target for a street robbery or other violent crime."

Pub Date: 9/27/97

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