Officer returns to Garrison as chief

Capt. David P. Moxley to lead the precinct where his career began

August 19, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Capt. David P. Moxley was 21, fresh from the Baltimore County police academy when he started in the Garrison precinct.

Now, 46 and a 25-year-veteran of the department, Moxley will return today as the district commander.

"It sure has changed a lot," Moxley said. "It's grown tremendously."

The Garrison precinct covers one of the largest geographical areas in the county and includes Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Pikesville. The precinct also has the most staff - nearly 200 people - of any station in the county.

"There's a little bit of everything here," Moxley said. "It's got New Town, the mall, the Liberty Road corridor, the older, established communities. It's got suburban life, city life and country life. And it has very active leadership in the community, churches and businesses."

FOR THE RECORD - The photograph accompanying an article in yesterday's editions about David P. Moxley, the new commander for the Baltimore County Police Department's Garrison Precinct, was incorrect. Pictured above is Moxley, 46, a 25-year veteran of the department. The Sun regrets the error.

Crime-fighting will continue to target the "big three": robberies, burglaries and thefts, Moxley said. "But we'll also be focusing on nuisance type of crimes - loud-music complaints and that sort of thing - that affect the quality of people's lives," he said.

Moxley, who most recently served as assistant commander in the Woodlawn precinct, has spent much of his career in the criminal investigation division, investigating sex crimes, child abuse and arson.

This will be Moxley's first time as precinct commander. And he takes over after a summer with an unusual series of violent crimes, including several high-profile slayings and fatal car accidents.

He describes his approach as "management by walking around." He says he doesn't just have an open-door policy when it comes to communicating with the community and his staff, he literally keeps his office door open.

"We're looking forward to keeping the lines of communication open," said Vicki Almond, president of the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Glyndon Coordinating Council and a member of the precinct's police community relations council. "We've heard good things about him. ... And we'll be there to introduce him and help get to know the communities. We'll initiate him."

Moxley will be the second captain in the Garrison precinct in less than a year. He will replace Capt. Evan Cohen, who also had a sentimental connection to the precinct.

"It was nice to be in the area where I grew up and currently live," Cohen said.

Cohen will lead the Internal Affairs Division, "policing the police," he said. "We're the conscience of the Police Department."

Although internal affairs investigators sometimes are regarded with a certain disdain, Cohen said, the majority of county officers realize the unit is important. "Most officers don't want to work with anyone who shouldn't be in this job."

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