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July 09, 2006|By GUS SENTEMENTES

Maj. Edward C. Schmitt Jr.

Occupation/Position

Head of personnel division for Baltimore Police Department. He oversees a staff of about 30 people responsible for employee services and recruiting and investigating applicants.

In the news

Schmitt and his recruiters spent months planning a recruiting mission to Puerto Rico, which netted more than 900 applicants when police arrived at the island last month. The effort could fill several academy classes with bilingual officers at a time when Baltimore has a shortage of officers. A number of Puerto Rican applicants arrived in Baltimore last week as part of the recruiting process.

Career highlights

Schmitt has been with the department for 35 years. Before joining personnel as a lieutenant in 2001, he was deputy director of the Maryland Police Corps from 1997 to 2001, a federal program in which young men and women agree to serve as police officers for four years in exchange for help with their college education. Schmitt also has been assistant director of the education and training division, and a shift commander at the Southeastern and Southwestern districts.

Personal

Schmitt, 55, was born and raised in Southeast Baltimore and graduated from Patterson High School. He lives in Baltimore County with his wife and has two grown sons, one of whom works as a Baltimore police officer and another who is a research contractor at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore and a master's degree in behavioral science from the Johns Hopkins University.

Philosophy

"I'm only as good as the people who work for me. You see, you can't do it yourself. I've had people work hard for me, and we've been very successful."

[Gus Sentementes]

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