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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 Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Joseph W. McLeary, who served with the city Police Department, Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency during a more than four-decade career, died Sunday of a massive stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 73. "Joe loved the state police, and he carried that into retirement," said state police spokesman Greg Shipley. "It was obvious that being a state police officer was something that never left him. He even still wore the state police haircut," he said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
John H. Brown, who headed the Baltimore Police Department's mounted patrol for more than a decade and later became Carroll County sheriff, died Jan. 11 of heart failure at his Uniontown home. He was 85. "He was fair, a gentleman, as were his deputies," said Perry Jones, a former Carroll County commissioner who is now mayor of Union Bridge. "It was a new start for the department when he came to Carroll County, and he was a man who had his own ideas when it came to law enforcement.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Bishop Lee Robinson Sr., the city's first African-American police commissioner who began his 50-year law enforcement career with the Baltimore Park Police and went on to lead two state agencies, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The longtime Homeland resident was 86. After steadily rising through the ranks of the city Police Department, Mr. Robinson was named commissioner in 1984 by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer. He went on to become the state's secretary of public safety and correctional services in Mr. Schaefer's administration and was secretary of juvenile justice under Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The family of a plainclothes Baltimore police officer who was killed by friendly fire during a fight outside a downtown nightclub in 2011 is suing the city Police Department. Officers shot William H. Torbit Jr. 34 times — without recognizing him as a police officer — after he fired eight times into a group of people who had knocked him to the ground and were attacking him in the Select Lounge parking lot on Jan. 9, 2011, according to a police investigation. One of Torbit's bullets killed Sean Gamble, a man who had been attacking Torbit, police said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
A driver was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma after a serious crash in Glen Burnie Monday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police said. The crash, which involved a white Ford Explorer and a Red Nissan, happened at the intersection of Overhill Road and Marley Neck Boulevard around 4 p.m., police said. The intersection was closed during the early evening commute while police investigated the crash, according to T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the police department. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Julie Scharper and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
The Baltimore City Police created a new logo for #ASaferBaltimore social media campaign. In an attempt to be interactive and social media savvy, they asked their Twitter followers what they thought of all the design. Big mistake. "If this were the 80s, I'd say you nailed it," wrote @ TimmyWade94 . Others placed the design in the 1970s or 90s. Several opined that it appeared to be the title sequence of a 90s sitcom, perhaps a sequel to "Perfect Strangers. " Some wondered what the technology the department used to create the logo.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Police shut down part of the southbound Jones Fall Expressway Friday night to rescue two people trapped in vehicles and treat a third who leapt from the elevated roadway, Baltimore City officials said. Three people were taken to area hospitals after the two-vehicle, head-on collision near Pleasant Street, officials said. After the accident, a man left one of the cars and jumped off the expressway near Gay Street in what police said was an attempt to flee the scene. Police Department spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said none of the people involved in the incident had life-threatening injuries, though fire officials said the man who jumped was in dire condition.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
The Baltimore County police department's personnel section was consolidated into a single county-wide office this week, a spokeswoman said. Five police department employees will move from police headquarters on Joppa Road to the Baltimore County human resources office on Allegheny Avenue in Towson, said county spokeswoman Lauren Byrd. One employee will be transferred to corrections. "It only made sense to consolidate locations. No positions will be cut, however, with time and attrition, the number of positions may become fewer," she said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
City police were investigating an afternoon fatal shooting in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. The shooting was reported by the department at about 4:45 p.m., and police said an unidentified man had died from his injuries. Details were not immediately available. The Western District has seen seven killings in the past month and 39 homicides for the year, easily the most of any of the city's nine police districts. Homicides in the police department's Western District had been slashed significantly in recent years; after recording 54 murders in 2003 and 41 as recently as 2007, the number of murders dropped to 24 in 2011.
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