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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
Baltimore school police officers overwhelmingly ratified a five-year labor contract Thursday that ties their pay to performance, breaking from a traditional plan with uniform yearly salary increases. The new contract, approved 122-2, allows officers to potentially top out at $70,000 a year by the time they retire, more than the roughly $62,000 under the old contract. School officers, who earn an average $50,000 a year, also are getting $2,000 to $4,000 bonuses. "The focus is to have a system that rewards good officers or officers who stand out," said Cpl. Clyde Boatwright, who heads the Fraternal Order of Police lodge representing the 142-member force.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
A Towson University student was arrested this week after he allegedly threatened on social media to carry out an attack at the college that he said would be "Virginia Tech part 2. " Matthew David Cole, 18, was charged Thursday with making threats of mass violence and disturbing the operation of the school. He posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail Friday. "A thorough investigation is continuing, however, at this time it has been determined that there is no longer a threat to the university community," officials wrote in an email to students and staff.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Sun Staff Writer | December 15, 1994
At a time when reported violence in Baltimore schools has surged, the police who patrol them told city lawmakers that they're overwhelmed daily and in dire need of more staff and equipment.City Council members heard that sentiment repeatedly as about 15 members of the school police force turned out for a packed six-hour hearing on school violence."Sometimes, I feel like the little Dutch boy with my finger in the dike -- and how long? I'm tired," said John Jones, a 23-year veteran of the school police who serves as community relations officer.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Witnesses said a man fired gunshots at three men after they assaulted and chased him near Catonsville High School on Wednesday night, Baltimore County police said. Police dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. found the man in his early 20s bleeding from his injuries, although not shot or stabbed, in the 200 block of Bloomsbury Ave. between the high school and the Bloomsbury Community Center, department spokesman Sean Vinson said. A gun was found nearby, Vinson said. The man had been running from three men, who ran in turn after he shot at them, witnesses told police.
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By Gregory Kane | February 10, 2002
DARRON Wheeler figured he was a cop after spending six months in the police academy and going through 14 weeks of field training. So did Terry Boyce and John Rudisill. But the folks in Baltimore's public schools, the trio contends, didn't think so. Not the teachers. Or the principals. The honchos down at school headquarters on North Avenue? Forget about it. Security guards. That, Wheeler, Boyce and Rudisill say, is how folks in the school system thought of them. Never mind that between the three, more than 300 arrests have been made for crimes ranging from assault to robbery to gun possession to drug offenses.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun Reporter | March 1, 2007
Mayor Sheila Dixon's proposal to merge the city's school police with the larger Baltimore Police Department has hit a snag -- the chairman of the school board strongly opposes the idea, which needs board approval to move forward. About two weeks ago, Dixon said she was involved in "very serious discussions" to combine the forces. But Brian Morris, the school board chairman, voiced opposition to the plan at Tuesday's board meeting and said it was unlikely to win board approval. During an interview yesterday, Morris praised the school police and said they have a crucial role in maintaining order in the schools.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 5, 1998
The number of arrests in Baltimore schools dropped 45 percent from the first half to the second half of the school year, city school police say.Officers made 585 arrests in city schools in the four-month period ending Dec. 31, and 320 arrests from January to April, said School Police Chief Leonard Hamm.His report on school crime, released this week, also showed a 10.7 percent drop in school crime, including handgun possession, theft and property destruction.Hamm said no specific changes were made in disciplinary or arrest policies to caused the drop.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | March 14, 1992
About half of the Baltimore school police force -- 42 officers -- will soon receive bullet-resistant vests, according to Larry Burgan, chief of school police.Mr. Burgan said yesterday that Dr. Patsy Baker Blackshear, the deputy school superintendent, authorized the purchase of the vests two weeks ago.Money for the vests was included in this fiscal year's school budget, but the purchases were put on hold when city agencies were forced to cut back on expenses because of dwindling revenue, Mr. Burgan said.
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By Jean Thompson and Jean Thompson,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1997
School Superintendent Walter G. Amprey's bodyguard and chauffeur, a school police officer, has been promoted to sergeant in a move that some colleagues contend was unusual and unfair.The veteran officer has advanced amid allegations of favoritism in the school police force, and an announcement that its chief will soon lose her job.School officials confirmed yesterday that a sergeant's position has been created for Officer Ralph Askins, who vied unsuccessfully for promotion in December.The December promotions were challenged, rescinded and redone in a controversy that has led to the ouster of school police Chief Linda Flood Willis, who will defend her record today during a closed personnel hearing of the city school board.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | February 27, 1992
About 40 Baltimore school police officers met yesterday to discuss proposed changes in the force, which they say is understaffed and poorly equipped for the dangers in public schools.Cheryl D. Glenn, president of the City Union of Baltimore which represents the officers, said school Superintendent Walter G. Amprey is being asked to assign at least one officer to each of the city's approximately 180 schools."This week's shooting of the officer is the straw that broke the camel's back," said Ms. Glenn, who attended the closed-door meeting.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
A 29-year-old Department of Juvenile Services employee and her 39-year-old boyfriend have been arrested after shots were fired Thursday night in the parking lot of a youth detention facility in Baltimore County, state police said. Police said an employee reported that he was leaving the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in the 9700 block of Old Harford Road about 10:30 p.m. when several shots were fired and a car sped off. Troopers learned that the vehicle belonged to Hickey School employee Mia C. Henson and was being driven by her boyfriend, Jermaine A. Conway.
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By Liz Bowie, Jessica Anderson and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Amid reports of an "active shooter" on campus Monday, Stevenson University students threw their desks against the classroom door, then prayed with near-strangers under computer carts. Just three days later, elementary and middle school students at KIPP charter schools in Baltimore were hiding with their teachers in a classroom, while police searched the building for a gunman and hundreds of parents rushed to a nearby school to wait anxiously for word about their children. There was no real danger to students or teachers in either incident.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 10, 2014
Maryland State Police, Harford County Sheriff's Office, Havre de Grace Police, Aberdeen Police and Bel Air Police report: Aberdeen A purse was stolen from a shopping cart on Thursday at the Home Depot in the 900 block of Beards Hill Road. A woman reported someone came into her apartment and stole her stuff in the first block of Pritchard Avenue on Thursday. A person was caught shoplifting at the Pier One Imports in the 900 block of Old Philadelphia Road on Thursday.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 5, 2013
Howard County police lifted a lockdown at Laurel Woods Elementary School at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday, after lifting one at nearby Forest Ridge Elementary School in North Laurel about 50 minutes earlier. Police had placed both schools under lockdown because of a report of a suspicious person in the area, police said. The lockdown at Forest Ridge was lifted at approximately 4:20 p.m., according to police. In an email to parents at 3:15 p.m., officials from Laurel Woods said the school was locked down because police were "pursuing someone with a weapon in our area.
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September 19, 2013
Aberdeen Sheriff's deputies and state police report: Shannitta Nikkia Crapser, 26, of the 100 block of West Inca Street, was charged Tuesday with theft below $1,000. Randy Bowens, 47, of the 900 block of Avon Drive, was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault and false imprisonment. Shamari D. Tucker, 21, of the 1500 block of Mitchell Lane, was charged Wednesday with trespassing. Jophurius Keith Dominique, 25, of the 100 block of East Deen Street, was charged Thursday with failing to appear in court for a case in which he was charged with driving even though his license was suspended license and possessing a suspended license.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
A Baltimore City school police officer fired into a vehicle Thursday while responding to a report of an armed robbery, city school officials said. City school officials said in a statement that the police-involved shooting occurred on East Patapsco Avenue when officers approached a car that was identified by a citizen as containing the suspect in the robbery, which they said took place in nearby Anne Arundel County. According to the statement, officers called for police support and headed toward the car when "the driver backed the vehicle up in the officers' direction and one of the officers discharged his weapon into the rear of the vehicle.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Michael James and Joe Nawrozki and Michael James,Staff Writers Staff writer David Michael Ettlin contributed to this article | June 3, 1993
Larry Burgan, chief of Baltimore's school police for 18 1/2 years, was told yesterday that he will be removed from his post at the end of the month, sources told The Sun late last night.Mr. Burgan was told he "would be relieved of his duties" by Superintendent Walter G. Amprey, who has previously said a new style of policing is needed in the schools.School officials said Mr. Burgan was told he will be transferred to an as-yet undisclosed assignment in the school system, one which will allow him to keep his $59,500-a-year salary plus benefits.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Michael James and Joe Nawrozki and Michael James,Staff Writers Staff writer David Michael Ettlin contributed to this article | June 3, 1993
Larry Burgan, chief of Baltimore's school police for 18 1/2 years, was told yesterday that he will be removed from his post at the end of the month, sources told The Sun late last night.Mr. Burgan was told he "would be relieved of his duties" by Superintendent Walter G. Amprey, who has previously said a new style of policing is needed in the schools.School officials said Mr. Burgan was told he will be transferred to an as-yet undisclosed assignment in the school system, one which will allow him to keep his $59,500-a-year salary plus benefits.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
The Howard County Council adopted a $923.5 million general fund spending plan Thursday that increases allocations for schools and police while not raising income or property taxes. The council voted 4-1 to approve the budget, roughly $2.7 million higher than the proposal made a month ago by County Executive Ken Ulman. The dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Greg Fox, the council's lone Republican, who criticized spending practices several times during the two-hour session. Fox wrapped up his remarks after the vote with a display of black, pointy wizard hats, each representing a new fund that he said appears suddenly, as if by magic, every year in the budget while some basic needs go unfunded.
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