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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Months after being thrust into a national spotlight as the face of Howard County's response to a murder-suicide at The Mall in Columbia, Police Chief William J. McMahon said Thursday that he is retiring in June after 28 years with the department. McMahon, 51, who has served nearly eight years as chief, said he had picked the date of June 30 four years ago when he signed up for a deferred retirement payment program. "The timing is just right," McMahon said in a telephone interview.
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August 29, 2014
It's none of the Anne Arundel County police chief's business where his officers choose to donate their money ( "Arundel chief says he disagrees with union donation supporting Ferguson officer Aug. 22). Maybe he should have been concerned recently when New Jersey law enforcement personnel flooded a Maryland courtroom proceeding in support of their fellow cop who was charged (and found not guilty) with gunning down a citizen of this "Free State. " Bernard Helinski, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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June 27, 2013
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts demonstrated courage for his public acknowledgment of the staffing shortage in the Baltimore City Police Department. ("City police: We need more," June 19) whereas Baltimore County Chief of Police James Johnson has presented a different story. Several years ago, I met with Chief Johnson and asked him to please make a public statement expressing the need for more officers in the county. He refused to do so, claiming that crime is down significantly.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The police chief in Annapolis on Monday sought to counter complaints about officers photographing youths. Rumors spread over the weekend on social media and elsewhere that officers were photographing African-American children in the city, and several people attended Monday night's Annapolis City Council meeting to voice concerns. Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said officers and detectives have been investigating recent robberies in which two men were jumped by a group of African-American juveniles in the Clay Street area.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
Anne Arundel County's new police chief is pledging to restore order and pride to an agency that has been racked by scandal and leadership changes over the past two years. Kevin Davis, who takes over Monday as chief, brings with him 21 years of experience in Prince George's County, including the past three years as assistant chief. Anne Arundel County, he said, "is filled with good cops and good commanders. " "I am personally not interested in distractions. So whether it's a commander or a patrol officer or a detective, we're all on the same team and we move forward as one, shoulder to shoulder, on behalf of the community," Davis said Friday.
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By Pamela Wood and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
After less than a year on the job, Larry Tolliver is calling it quits as chief of the troubled Anne Arundel County Police Department. Tolliver, 67, said his resignation — or "return to retirement," as he called it — will take effect May 21. "I am resigning today because the department needs a chief who can focus solely on the department's mission, something that is challenging to do in the current environment," Tolliver wrote in a statement...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
New Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis had to call his own police officers for assistance after he was involved in a minor traffic incident over the weekend. On Saturday night, just one day after he was announced as County Executive Laura Neuman's pick for police chief, Davis' county-owned SUV was struck by another driver. Davis said he was stopped at a traffic light on Benfield Boulevard near Interstate 97 in Millersville at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday, when a Mercedes in the next lane drifted over and bumped the SUV's left rear tires.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis has appointed an assistant chief and a civilian chief of staff after being granted permission to do so by the County Council. In October, the council approved a bill to give the police chief more leeway in hiring his top staff. The bill became effective Thursday, and Davis immediately announced the hires - both having connections to the Prince George's County Police Department where Davis previously worked. Bill Lowry, who worked as a police officer for Prince George's for decades, is the new Anne Arundel assistant chief.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
A 27-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department is taking over as the new chief of police in Ocean City. Lt. Col. Ross Buzzuro, a respected commander who began his career in Baltimore as a police cadet in 1985, will start the new job on July 2. "I am honored to serve the residents and visitors of Ocean City as Chief of Police," said Buzzuro.  "As Chief, I understand a key component of public safety is partnering with the community and...
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
Michael Kundrat, a Carroll County native and 26-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, has been named chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Kundrat, 53, who has been acting MdTA chief for 18 months, was selected from a field of 29 candidates for the post, which he assumed Friday. MdTA Police are responsible for law enforcement at tolled highways, tunnels and bridges, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore. Kundrat grew up in Westminster and joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1980, working as a patrol officer and later a section commander.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Baltimore athletic apparel company Under Armour Inc. has added some more muscle to its brand, hiring the former head of the Baltimore Police Department as its first chief security officer. Former commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who retired from the department in 2012 after 31 years, said he has been asked to take a "macro-level" approach to security at the firm, which is moving aggressively to expand its presence abroad. Bealefeld, who started full time at Under Armour July 1 and reports to the chief operating officer, said his responsibilities will focus on the safety of Under Armour's employees, worldwide distribution centers and a growing number of stores.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
An Anne Arundel County police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in killing the dog of a Glen Burnie family, whose lawyer said they are disappointed in the outcome. Officer Rodney Price had been canvassing the neighborhood in February as part of a burglary investigation when he encountered Vern, a 4-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, while leaving the Reeves family's yard when no one answered the door. The home on Lombardee Circle was not related to the burglary Price was investigating.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Months after being thrust into a national spotlight as the face of Howard County's response to a murder-suicide at The Mall in Columbia, Police Chief William J. McMahon said Thursday that he is retiring in June after 28 years with the department. McMahon, 51, who has served nearly eight years as chief, said he had picked the date of June 30 four years ago when he signed up for a deferred retirement payment program. "The timing is just right," McMahon said in a telephone interview.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
State Sen. James N. Robey says there was no grand ambition, no plan to ascend to where he now sits as majority leader of the Maryland Senate, or to have made the unusual leaps from Howard County police chief to county executive to legislator. Things happened, he said, one thing led to another, people egged on a sometimes reluctant candidate. He's 73 now, and a couple of weeks ago, because it was Maryland Day, he put on a black-white-red-and-gold state flag necktie to go with the white shirt and gray suit and stepped out of his overnight accommodations at the Calvert House on State Circle to begin one of his last days of his last legislative session.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop issued an apology Tuesday for inaccurate statements he made about deaths related to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Pristoop, in testimony regarding legalization of marijuana, stated that overdoses on marijuana led to more than 30 deaths on the first day the drug was legalized in Colorado. That data was based upon a hoax story that ran on satirical and comedy websites. "I apologize for the information I provided concerning the deaths.
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February 2, 2014
As a police chief, I know that two of the most important measurements of the strength of a law enforcement agency are the effectiveness of our members and the support of our community. The recent tragic shooting at The Mall in Columbia demonstrated to me that the Howard County Police Department has an abundance of both. Our entire police department, and I personally, have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received from the public. Through emails, phone calls, social media and one-on-one contacts, you have let us know that you feel we met and even exceeded your expectations that terrible day. We are humbled by those sentiments and proud to serve and protect you. I am also proud of the selfless dedication members of the police department showed during an incident filled with uncertainty and fear.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
Embattled Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare Sr. agreed to retire next month, ending the criminal investigation of his role in the misconduct case against his boss, County Executive John R. Leopold. The sudden announcement Wednesday by the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office marks the highest-profile departure from government in the wake of the probe into Leopold's use of his police security detail. Within hours, Leopold named an acting chief. The prosecutor's office in March obtained a five-count indictment against Leopold, accusing him of ordering officers to do personal and political favors that included keeping his girlfriends from meeting each other and driving Leopold to uproot an opponent's campaign signs.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop issued an apology Tuesday for inaccurate statements he made about deaths related to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Pristoop, in testimony regarding legalization of marijuana, stated that overdoses on marijuana led to more than 30 deaths on the first day the drug was legalized in Colorado. That data was based upon a hoax story that ran on satirical and comedy websites. "I apologize for the information I provided concerning the deaths.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Anne Arundel County is moving to restart its police cadet program, which was eliminated more than a decade ago in a round of budget cuts. Officials said this week that for about $180,000 per year, the county's Police Department could hire 10 part-time cadets - young adults who would learn police work while helping with duties such as directing traffic, canvassing neighborhoods and completing paperwork. County Council Chairman John Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican, is sponsoring a resolution encouraging the Police Department to reinstate the cadet program if money can be found for it. A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3. "I know this $180,000 is going to be good money to help the Police Department out," Grasso said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
The chiefs of Anne Arundel's fire and police departments told state lawmakers Friday that they're working to increase diversity within their ranks. Police Chief Kevin Davis and Fire Chief Michael Cox outlined recruitment plans at the request of delegates after complaints that the departments don't hire enough minorities compared to area demographics. The issue came to a head last summer when a 72-member fire recruit class included just three minorities, prompting an association representing black firefighters and the local chapter of the NAACP to call for a federal review.
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