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August 21, 2005|By Gus G. Sentementes

Frederick V. Roussey

Occupation: President of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 3; lieutenant in the city Police Department.

In the news: Roussey recently caught flak from critics for making supportive comments about Edward T. Norris, the former police commissioner who pleaded guilty last year to federal public corruption and tax charges. A nonunion welcome-back party he was organizing for Norris was canceled.

Last week, Roussey criticized Timothy M. Dixon, a defense attorney representing one of two men on trial in the killings of their three young relatives, for saying police detectives had "manufactured" evidence against them.

Career highlights: Born and raised in Southwest Baltimore, Roussey is a graduate of Towson University. He earned a master's degree in management from the Johns Hopkins University two years ago.

He started with the Police Department when he was 21, working in the patrol division as an officer and a sergeant. He did stints in narcotics, shooting investigations, child abuse, education and training, and ceremonial units before his election as FOP president last year.

Personal: Roussey, 53, lives in Baltimore County. He has a wife, Charlene, and six children, including three sons who went into law enforcement. Frederick Jr. has retired from the department; Jamie was killed in the line of duty in 2000 in a car crash after four months on the force; and David is a cadet with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Another son, Christopher, has served with the Army National Guard in Iraq since January. Roussey's brother Vincent retired from the department last year. He has two daughters, Connie and Laura, and one grandson.

Philosophy: "My grandfather's saying: `The best reason to do it right today is tomorrow. If you do it right today, you'll never have to go back and explain why you didn't do it.'"

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