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By Sara Toth | May 29, 2012
The new, volunteer mounted patrol unit launched over the Memorial Day weekend by the Howard County Police Department has been deemed a success. "It went very well, and we're happy with the results," said Lt. Paul Yodzis, commander of the department's emergency response division. The unit, made up of 12 volunteers and their horses, patrolled parks, pathways and other locations in the Savage area, acting as a "high visibility deterrent to crime," according to a news release from the department.
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By Justin George and Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was charged with second-degree assault and has been suspended from his job after Baltimore police said he threatened to shoot someone during an argument outside a Canton bar on Saturday. Prince George's County Police said patrol officer Michael O'Connell, a three-year veteran, has been suspended with pay. Baltimore police got a missing-person call at 2:44 a.m. to a bar in the 2900 block of O'Donnell St., according to the arrest report.
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February 19, 2012
FREDERICK — Police in Frederick County say a Smithburg man has been charged with driving under the influence and other charges after his vehicle struck a Maryland State Police patrol car. Police say 19-year-old Robert John Gery hit the patrol car parked on Raven Rock Road near Fort Ritchie at just after 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The trooper driving the patrol car sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
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By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police will be able to keep an eye on their colleagues on patrol out on the Chesapeake Bay thanks to a new live video streaming system built with the help of a Baltimore County technology company. The system built by Tessco Technologies Inc., located in Hunt Valley, along with the DNR and RAD Data Communications, a New Jersey firm, is now running on 140 police boats that cover the bay's 64,000 square miles. DNR spokeswoman Candy Thomson said the system helps officers at the command center in Annapolis keep an eye on officers on patrol, who are often miles away from the nearest backup.
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April 23, 2012
It was ridiculous to read that the Maryland National Guard is being sent to Texas to patrol the border ("Md. National Guard to aid patrol of Mexican border," April 19). The only people coming over the southern border are the very poor who are desperate for some semblance of a decent life. If the Maryland Guard is in need of work, I think a better use of its members would be to go after the corporate tax cheats. For example, the guard should be arresting the CEO and the board of Wells Fargo.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
Seeking to bolster its response to 911 calls, the Baltimore Police Department on Wednesday announced that it is moving more than 40 officers out of specialized units and into patrol districts.  Changes had been hinted at since the arrival of Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, who said he wanted to shift more resources to the patrol division, whose officers respond to most citizen complaints. "Commissioner Batts met with community groups, and visited [district] rolls calls where officers literally asked for more boots on the ground," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 12, 2013
Short of banging her fist on a table, merchant Denise Whiting couldn't have been more emphatic about the need for more police presence in and around The Avenue, at a time when property crime in Hampden is rising. "We have to have a foot patrol officer," Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon and HONtown, told the Northern District's police commander, Maj. Kimberly Burrus, at a meeting of the Hampden Village Merchants Association on Sept. 11. "We need one desperately," Whiting said. Burrus was just as emphatic in her response.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
During a career spanning four decades, Baltimore police Officer Ron Starr says, he never really considered leaving the department's Southeastern District and moving up the chain of command. "I never wanted to," Starr said, a longtime foot patrol officer. "I'm not knocking what they do, because we need administrators, but when you put three stripes on, you're not out there working with street, and I've had a love affair with the street for 38 years. " Starr, who is single, flashed a silver band with a blue line that he wears on his ring finger.
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By David Zucchino and David Zucchino,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 27, 2005
BAQUBAH, Iraq - The chaplain and the medic noticed it first: a pile of freshly upturned soil at the side of the highway. The two men were part of a combat engineer patrol searching for roadside bombs, the leading killer of U.S. troops in Iraq. Riding inside a "Buffalo," an armor-plated vehicle with a mechanical boom, they stopped to investigate. A claw on the boom tore into the dirt and unearthed two artillery shells wired to a blast pack and a cell phone, the components of a remote-controlled bomb known as an IED, or improvised explosive device.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2004
Dennis Conti stopped at the corner of Clay and Glenwood streets on a recent night, and a group of men gave him long, hard stares. Conti put his car into park and stared back for a few tense moments. Finally, the group dispersed, most of the men walking off into the darkness. Conti allowed himself a small grin as he put the car back into drive. "They don't like us," said Conti, head of the local crime patrol. "Well, it's mutual." City leaders are hoping that scene replays itself more in the coming months.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Marylanders planning to travel to Ocean City for the Labor Day holiday need to be aware of the potential for dangerous rip currents because of tropical storm Cristobal, which continues to churn far out in the Atlantic. So far this summer Ocean City has seen a number of deaths related to rip currents, including an 18-year-old from Virginia who drowned Tuesday, leading town officials to post swimming restrictions that could last into the weekend. In an interview in July, Capt.
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By Will Fesperman and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Poet, an 8-year-old German shepherd, was training to be a drug-sniffing dog until he flunked his smell test. But his law enforcement career wasn't over. Through a dog rescue service, he was adopted by Walter McGuire, a Towson sales consultant for Coldwell Banker who is also a volunteer for the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol. Now Poet patrols the streets of Stoneleigh in a custom-made blue vest with "COP" in bright red letters: citizens, or perhaps canines, on patrol. The Towson Area COP recently began recruiting dogs and their masters to join a new Dog Walker Watch program, hoping that additional feet - and paws - on the street will help deter crime.
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By Justin Fenton and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Devastated parents and distressed police and political leaders took to the streets Saturday to plead with the Waverly community to help catch the killers of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, whose shooting death has galvanized the city to stop a surge of violence in the past week. In a city where residents are often reluctant to cooperate or fear intimidation, their mantra was: "Say something. " "She meant a lot to everybody, especially me," the toddler's mother, 21-year-old Nina Epps, said Saturday.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The State Highway Administration will spend nearly $15 million in the next six years to expand overnight patrols and increase the number of traffic cameras operating along major highways across the state. The changes will enable quicker assistance to drivers who become stranded or are involved in accidents, decreasing the impact on traffic, SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said Tuesday. "What we found is, if we can clear an overnight incident prior to rush hour, it makes a huge difference for people commuting," Peters said.
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July 13, 2014
President Barack Obama first gives the "come on" signal to these Central American countries. So they take him up on it and overwhelm our already overworked border patrol. Now Mr. Obama is asking for $3.7 billion to clean up "his" mess ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9). There is something wrong with this picture. When he says that these children and the rest of the illegal invaders will be sent back, he knows darn well that it will never happen - like "you can keep your doctor.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
A half dozen swimmers were rescued by lifeguards Friday evening along the beach in Ocean City as rip currents formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, an Ocean City Beach Patrol official said Saturday. One person who was rescued required hospitalization, said Butch Arbin, captain of the beach patrol. All the rescues occurred after the lifeguards had gone off duty for the evening at 5:25 p.m., but while mobile beach patrols were in place through 7:30 p.m. for the busy holiday weekend, Arbin said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2011
The Baltimore Police Department announced Wednesday an expected shakeup in its top ranks, including a new deputy commissioner and new leadership for the patrol and criminal investigations divisions. The moves were triggered by the retirement of Deputy Commissioner Deborah A. Owens, who had held that position since Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III took over in 2007. Col. John Skinner, who has overseen the patrol division, will take Owens' spot, overseeing issues including finance, recruitment and discipline.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Boozy boaters, beware. The Maryland Natural Resources Police spent the weekend patrolling the state's most-trafficked waterways for drunken boaters in a nationwide policing event, "Operation Dry Water," as they prepare for the throngs that will be out over the coming Fourth of July weekend. Patrols from the Coast Guard and local agencies joined in the effort, which has been held among police forces nationwide each summer since 2009, Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday that he'll eliminate 212 officer positions - all vacant - from the department, marking the first significant reduction in the ranks in decades. Shrinking the size of the police force will be offset by new staffing strategies that will put more officers on the streets overnight when crime spikes, Batts told City Council members during a nearly two-hour budget hearing. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake backs the approach.
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