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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | April 27, 1995
The Westminster Police Department has begun a downtown bicycle patrol that officials say will compliment foot patrols in the business district and nearby neighborhoods.Officer Keith Benfer, a recent graduate of the Frederick City Police bicycle training course, volunteered to launch the city's one-bike pilot program.Officer Benfer, who rode 10 miles on his first day of patrol yesterday, uses a wide-tire mountain bike."The bike patrol will enhance the foot officers in the downtown sections of the city and Officer Benfer will also journey out to other neighborhoods," Westminster Police Chief Sam Leppo said.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | October 21, 2009
When you tell someone you "got arrested," it's a safe bet you mean a cop put you in handcuffs and took you to jail. Turns out in Maryland you can "get arrested" without any of those things happening. In fact, the law says you can "be arrested" by a police officer even if that very same police officer insists he didn't arrest you. And that can affect what happens later, should you be charged with a crime. It comes down to this: At what point does a confrontation between citizen and cop meet the legal definition of an arrest?
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April 15, 1997
Two county bicycle patrol officers arrested a Laurel man Friday on drug charges after they stopped to investigate three people they saw loitering in an apartment building breezeway.Herbert Rashaad Wyatt, 19, of the 3500 block of Fort Meade Road was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.Officers William Caputo and Jeff Shelton were on bicycle patrol in Tall Oaks Apartments in Laurel just before 2: 30 p.m. when they saw three people loitering in a breezeway.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2004
MIAMI - Not so long ago, the Miami bicycle patrol was hardly noticed within its own police department: There were few sources of money to buy and maintain bicycles and even fewer officers to ride them. But all of that changed when John F. Timoney, 55, became Miami's police chief in January last year. Now, the police officers in Miami have uses for their bicycles that stretch well beyond a ride to work or a way to chase suspects: They use them as barricades to control crowds, shields to protect themselves or even as weapons.
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By Charles R. Wolpoff and Charles R. Wolpoff,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 12, 1995
New cold weather uniforms will help keep the Howard County Police Department's bicycle patrols operating this winter, officials say.The officers, who patrol mostly in Columbia, Ellicott City and Savage, will be equipped with insulated cycling pants, cycling vests with removable sleeves, and winter cycling gloves, according to Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman.The uniforms, which are now being issued, cost about $365 for each officer, he said.The cycling pants can accommodate a gun belt, and the two-tone blue vest has "Police" printed in bold letters on the back.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | June 6, 1993
Howard County police may employ a new tool in crime-fighting next year -- bicycles.Police Chief James N. Robey is reviewing two studies on bike patrols to learn whether his department could benefit from them.If the program is approved, the earliest a pilot program could start here would be next spring after the current academy class graduates, the chief said. "I think it has merits," he said."It's a very good tool to be used in community-oriented policing," said Cpl. Kevin Costello, who researched the idea.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | June 30, 1994
County police are taking to the woods and footpaths and trails -- at least for the summer.A new two-man bike patrol team has been deployed in Columbia's Town Center, where two recent assaults occurred on pathways, and at a popular Savage swimming hole, where a Glen Burnie man died two weeks ago, Chief James Robey said.Officers Roch DeFrances and Officer Mark Perry make up the unit that department officials say will assist patrol vehicles and // boost police presence in wooded areas that offer good cover for criminals.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | June 29, 1995
State police at the Westminster barracks have joined Westminster City Police in creating a bicycle patrol as a way to get more into the community.The state police's Gary Fisher Aquila 21-speed mountain bike, purchased at White's Bicycles with money from a Carroll County Health Department grant, officially was unveiled last month."
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1997
Four state troopers from the Westminster barracks will soon be patrolling town streets, shopping centers and popular county events such as firemen's carnivals on bicycles, state police say.Using bicycles gives troopers more mobility and allows faster response where patrol cars may not be practical because of crowds, or in off-road areas, said 1st Sgt. Robert Windsor.The new bicycle patrol will concentrate on high crime areas, park trails, small towns and events, he said.Before beginning, the four troopers selected for the patrol must complete a certified training program in Frederick, Windsor said.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1995
County residents who feel safe hiking or riding the northern stretch of the B&A Trail or riding the light rail have Cpl. Michael Belcher to thank.The 19-year veteran officer coordinates the Northern District's bicycle patrol, which has made more than 150 arrests this year. He also handles the department's light rail effort.Last week, the Northern District Police Community Relations Council thanked Corporal Belcher for his work and named him Officer of the Year."Mike is so full of energy, he's practically unbelievable," said Sgt. Thomas F. Michalowicz, his supervisor.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 18, 1998
The Westminster Police Department is seeking volunteers for an auxiliary police unit that responds to noncriminal calls.Volunteers must be at least age 15 and able to contribute at least 40 hours each year to Stop Crime on Residential Environments, or SCORE. The 2-year-old program has two volunteers and needs about 10 more, police said."The volunteers start out by helping with community presentations, funeral escorts and traffic control," said Cpl. Michael Bible, community education officer.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1997
State police will be doing business a bit differently in Carroll this summer, using troopers on bicycles to patrol smaller towns and special events, Col. David B. Mitchell, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, said yesterday.In brief ceremonies to show off the bike patrol at the County Office Building in Westminster, Mitchell said his agency is the only state police unit in the United States to use bike patrols for community policing.The Westminster-based patrol is modeled on a similar unit started in Walkersville, in Frederick County, two years ago.Seven troopers will patrol using three $700 mountain bikes, said Cpl. Dave Johnson, the patrol supervisor.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1997
Four state troopers from the Westminster barracks will soon be patrolling town streets, shopping centers and popular county events such as firemen's carnivals on bicycles, state police say.Using bicycles gives troopers more mobility and allows faster response where patrol cars may not be practical because of crowds, or in off-road areas, said 1st Sgt. Robert Windsor.The new bicycle patrol will concentrate on high crime areas, park trails, small towns and events, he said.Before beginning, the four troopers selected for the patrol must complete a certified training program in Frederick, Windsor said.
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April 15, 1997
Two county bicycle patrol officers arrested a Laurel man Friday on drug charges after they stopped to investigate three people they saw loitering in an apartment building breezeway.Herbert Rashaad Wyatt, 19, of the 3500 block of Fort Meade Road was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.Officers William Caputo and Jeff Shelton were on bicycle patrol in Tall Oaks Apartments in Laurel just before 2: 30 p.m. when they saw three people loitering in a breezeway.
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May 3, 1996
STRATEGIC BLUNDERS have not only made Howard County Police Chief James N. Robey an easy target for criticism, they have also overshadowed promising programs his department has launched to fight crime in his six-year tenure.The bad press Chief Robey receives has often been a matter of his own doing -- or undoing.In 1992, for example, on ABC-TV's "PrimeTime Live," Chief Robey defended the use of lie-detector tests on rape victims. A 19-year-old rape victim who failed a lie-detector test was accused by Howard Police Sgt. Thomas M. Martin of lying and her complaint was all but abandoned.
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By Charles R. Wolpoff and Charles R. Wolpoff,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 12, 1995
New cold weather uniforms will help keep the Howard County Police Department's bicycle patrols operating this winter, officials say.The officers, who patrol mostly in Columbia, Ellicott City and Savage, will be equipped with insulated cycling pants, cycling vests with removable sleeves, and winter cycling gloves, according to Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman.The uniforms, which are now being issued, cost about $365 for each officer, he said.The cycling pants can accommodate a gun belt, and the two-tone blue vest has "Police" printed in bold letters on the back.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 18, 1998
The Westminster Police Department is seeking volunteers for an auxiliary police unit that responds to noncriminal calls.Volunteers must be at least age 15 and able to contribute at least 40 hours each year to Stop Crime on Residential Environments, or SCORE. The 2-year-old program has two volunteers and needs about 10 more, police said."The volunteers start out by helping with community presentations, funeral escorts and traffic control," said Cpl. Michael Bible, community education officer.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2004
MIAMI - Not so long ago, the Miami bicycle patrol was hardly noticed within its own police department: There were few sources of money to buy and maintain bicycles and even fewer officers to ride them. But all of that changed when John F. Timoney, 55, became Miami's police chief in January last year. Now, the police officers in Miami have uses for their bicycles that stretch well beyond a ride to work or a way to chase suspects: They use them as barricades to control crowds, shields to protect themselves or even as weapons.
NEWS
By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1995
County residents who feel safe hiking or riding the northern stretch of the B&A Trail or riding the light rail have Cpl. Michael Belcher to thank.The 19-year veteran officer coordinates the Northern District's bicycle patrol, which has made more than 150 arrests this year. He also handles the department's light rail effort.Last week, the Northern District Police Community Relations Council thanked Corporal Belcher for his work and named him Officer of the Year."Mike is so full of energy, he's practically unbelievable," said Sgt. Thomas F. Michalowicz, his supervisor.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | June 29, 1995
State police at the Westminster barracks have joined Westminster City Police in creating a bicycle patrol as a way to get more into the community.The state police's Gary Fisher Aquila 21-speed mountain bike, purchased at White's Bicycles with money from a Carroll County Health Department grant, officially was unveiled last month."
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