2012 Annual Awards

 

Community Service

Capt. Irwin

Captain Douglas E. Irwin

Years of Service: 20

Internal Affairs Section

 

Captain Douglas Irwin exhibits leadership and commitment to three groups:  Maryland Special Olympics, local Boy Scout Troop #381, and the RAGNAR Race that supports the “Back on My Feet” Program, a non-profit group that benefits the homeless, many of whom suffer from alcohol or drug addictions.

 The Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run is part of a nationwide series of runs by law enforcement officers to increase public awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics. The Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of the largest in the country. Captain Irwin has consistently participated in this run for the past ten years, and has served as both lead runner and carrier of the torch.

The RAGNAR is an overnight running relay race which consists of a 12 member team that completes a 200 mile journey that begins in Western Maryland in the small town of Cumberland and ends in Washington, D.C. at National Harbor on the banks of the Potomac River. There are 200 teams that participate in this event. Runners have all types of rugged terrain to navigate. The RAGNAR Race raises money for a non-profit organization known as “Back on My Feet”. For the past two years, Captain Irwin has organized a 12 person, Baltimore County Police Department team, to run the race and raise money for this worthy cause.  

 Captain Irwin has also been involved with the Boy Scouts for the past ten years. He has a 15-year-old son who is a Boy Scout. One of the major milestones in a Scout’s life is to complete a two-week, high adventure, horseback riding trip to Philmont, New Mexico. Captain Irwin was the trip leader. His responsibilities included organizing, teaching survival skills to the Scouts, preparing and organizing the needed equipment, making bus and flight arrangements for ten Scouts and four adults to New Mexico, completion of medical forms and clearances, preparing trip schedule and itinerary, and participating in fundraising events to assist with the expenses of the trip.  

 Many individuals and groups have benefited from his leadership and commitment to the community. For consistently choosing to be a participant in life, Captain Douglas E. Irwin receives the Baltimore County  Police Foundation’s Community Service Award.

 

Crime Prevention

Officer Daniel J. Coyne

Years of Service: 23

Precinct 11/Essex

 

Officer Daniel Coyne has been very busy educating citizens, and implementing effective crime prevention strategies to reduce crime.

 In the course of his assigned duties, Officer Coyne came upon a bus stop with a bench and an enclosed shelter that is a gathering place for criminals, drug dealers, and gang members. Hard-working bus-riding citizens avoid this area at all costs. This corner is responsible for hundreds of calls for narcotics violations, destructions of property, rape and even homicide. It has been targeted with high enforcement efforts and many arrests have been made, yet the problem remained. Officer Coyne realized that the bus stop shelter was offering concealment to the gangs, allowing them to be shielded from the police. Officer Coyne decided to request that the bus stop be moved out of the neighborhood and onto the main street. He examined the bus route and traffic patterns, and proposed a location for a new stop that would benefit the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA), the community, the bus commuters, and the police.  Moving an MTA bus stop is not a simple matter. The MTA required a new bench, a concrete pad, and handicap accessibility. Officer Coyne made arrangements for everything. The MTA eventually made a ruling that the stop could not be moved. But even after several meetings, the MTA determined that the proposed new stop would not be able to accommodate the large buses and that there were no other suitable locations. As a compromise, Officer Coyne asked to have the shelter which offered the criminals protection and the bench to be removed. The MTA removed the shelter and bench, and cleaned the area. Since Officer Coyne’s efforts, crime has diminished considerably.

 The Precinct saw a trend involving violent armed suspects robbing convenience stores. Officer Coyne assessed each store and outlined safer security practices.  Clutter was removed from store windows, better lighting was introduced, merchandise for sale that drew in the wrong crowd was removed from the shelves, changes in money drops were made, and $40,000 was spent for state-of-the-art camera surveillance equipment. Since the changes were made, armed robberies of convenient stores have significantly reduced.

 For his diligence and caring, Officer Daniel J. Coyne receives the Baltimore County Police Foundation’s Crime Prevention Award.

 

Distinguished Contribution to the Profession

 

  Detective William F. Banahan

 Years of Service: 36

 CID/Property/Regional Auto Theft Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Detective Sean P. Burke

 Years of Service: 27

 CID/Property/Regional Auto Theft Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the eight years that Detectives Sean Burke and William “Bill” Banahan have been partners conducting auto theft investigations in Baltimore, they noticed a reoccurring problem — locating and identifying stolen vehicles whose Vehicle Identification Number’s (VIN) had been altered or changed. These cars are often called “re-plated”, “re-vinned” or “re-tagged” since all original identifying serial numbers are changed, concealing the vehicle’s true identity. The process of re-plating a stolen car not only requires the car’s serial numbers to be changed, but also false paperwork is presented in order to obtain a “legitimate” title. Nationwide, these cases are most often handled after the car was found accidentally, and rarely resulted in arrests. Very few investigations were initiated from where the crime actually began-with the counterfeit title itself.

 Detectives Burke and Banahan began investigating tag and title companies submitting counterfeit documents to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). They recognized that during sales transactions, the original out-of-state titles were scanned and then discarded once they were submitted to the MVA. During investigations requiring the authenticity of the title, as in the cases involving re-plated stolen cars, this practice made it difficult, if not impossible, to use the submitted counterfeit titles as evidence. The detectives convinced the MVA to hold all original titles.  It was agreed that Detectives Burke and Banahan would collect these titles every week or two and physically inspect them for counterfeits.

 The first box they collected contained over 12,000 out-of-state titles! They narrowed the search to states where counterfeit or altered titles often originated, and sorted them one by one.  They saw discrepancies in some of the titles, noting what was original and what was counterfeit or altered. They developed relationships with motor vehicle agents in the affected states and became increasingly proficient at finding the altered titles. But finding the bad documents was only the beginning.  They still had to find the cars, determine their true identity, and conduct an investigation as to where the car came from and if the present owner was involved or was an innocent buyer. Many of these cars were now registered out of the Baltimore area.

 Within the first few months, Detectives Burke and Banahan identified several dozen counterfeit documents, located and identified numerous stolen, re-plated cars and began putting common denominators together.

 The investigative technique they initiated also brought them the added responsibility of teaching other auto theft investigators from around the state lessons learned during these investigations. They were asked to teach at Maryland Association of Auto Theft Investigators’ meetings, and the Regional Auto Theft Team’s Advanced Auto Theft School. They were invited to speak to a panel of United States Department of Justice officials about how a new database, National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, could be improved to assist in investigations such as theirs.  Their testimony, based on their brief, yet successful investigations, earned accolades from those in attendance and helped shape further development in the new database.

 Detectives Burke and Banahan are commended for taking the initiative to think “outside-the-box”, working with a myriad of resources, and patching the loopholes that allowed these criminals to operate in Maryland. The investigative strategy has become the model that has now been taught throughout the region.

 For designing and implementing new strategies to solve crimes, apprehend criminals, and recover property, Detectives Sean P. Burke and William F. “Bill” Banahan receive the Baltimore County Police Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Profession.

 

Exceptional Performance

 Detective Carroll L. Bollinger, Jr.

 Years of Service: 27

 CID/Homicide Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Detective Kevin J. Klimko

 Years of Service: 25

 CID/Homicide Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On December 19, 2009, Michael Knight was reported missing to Baltimore County Police.  His sister reported that he was last seen on December 16, 2009.  She said that Michael called her, saying that he had to go out-of-town, and that  she had not seen him or talked to him since.  Detectives Klimko and Bollinger were assigned the case.

 Through their investigation, Detectives Klimko and Bollinger learned that the victim had ties in the Miami and Atlanta areas. In January 2010, the detectives made their first trip to Atlanta and Miami in reference to this investigation. They learned that the victim had been stopped by Jamaican authorities in December 2008, trying to enter Jamaica with two other subjects and over $500,000 in U.S. currency. They learned of a relationship between the victim and several other Jamaicans that lived in Miami, but had ties to the Baltimore area. After returning from Miami, the detectives contacted agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in reference to the investigation.

 In February 2010, Detectives Klimko and Bollinger traveled to Atlanta to complete interviews in reference to their investigation. They had now determined that the victim was part of a drug organization that was bringing marijuana into the United States from Mexico. The leader of the drug organization was a female identified as Jean Brown.  Brown had set up trucking companies that she used to transport marijuana into the country. Knight had held various positions within the drug organization. Proceeds from the illegal drug activity were being sent to Jamaica. This drug organization had been in operation for several years and answered the question of why Michael Knight was stopped with so much money while entering Jamaica in 2008. 

 In September 2010, Detectives Klimko and Bollinger again traveled to Miami to locate and interview more subjects involved with the investigation. As a result of their persistence, one of the subjects met with federal prosecutors and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. This subject returned to Maryland with the detectives and led them to an apartment in White Marsh. The subject said that was  where  Michael  Knight  was  killed, his body  dismembered, and  that  body parts were thrown into several different dumpsters in the Baltimore area. A search warrant was completed on the apartment, and a large amount of blood was found in the bathroom area. DNA testing was completed on February 7, 2011, and it confirmed that it was, in fact ,the DNA of Michael Knight. 

 On October 29, 2011, Federal Grand Jury indictments were issued in reference to this investigation. A total of three people were charged with murder and three others were charged with drug violations.  Five of the six subjects are in Federal custody pending trial. There is an open warrant for the sixth subject, charging him with murder. 

 Proceeds from the investigation include five properties in Jamaica built with proceeds from the drug organization; computers, cell phones, many high-end appliances and home furnishings; a 42-foot sea container loaded with new appliances and home furnishings; 2 mopeds, 4 passenger vehicles, 2 motor bikes, 1 tractor and trailer; 2 handguns, 100 pounds of marijuana, and $49,000 U.S. currency.

 This investigation came to a successful conclusion because of the diligence and dedication of Detectives Klimko and Bollinger. Special Agent in Charge William Winter of Homeland Security Investigations, Baltimore Office of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, said, “The investigation was greatly enhanced by the assistance and the expertise of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Homicide Division who uncovered and solved the murder of a member of the Brown criminal organization.” 

 In addition to the above listed case, Detectives Klimko and Bollinger were assigned as either primary or secondary investigator in four other murder investigations and two suicides. Their ability to multi-task and bring all their cases to a successful conclusion is recognized by their peers and supervisors.

 For these reasons, Detective Carroll L. Bollinger, Jr. and Detective Kevin J. Klimko receive the Baltimore County Police Foundation’s Award for Exceptional Performance. 

 

Exceptional Group Performance

 

Precinct 2-Investigative Services Team

 Lieutenant John W. Young, Jr., Years of Service: 15

 Sergeant Gregory M. Mead, Years of Service: 16

 Officer James D. Gill, Years of Service: 17

 Officer Kenneth J. Hanna, III, Years of Service: 9

 Officer Jane F. Irwin, Years of Service: 25

 Officer Jeffrey A. Lauer, Years of Service: 26

 Officer Ellis E. Temple, Years of Service: 10

 Officer Christine M. Thayer, Years of Service: 13

2011 was a very productive year for the Investigative Services Team (IST) of the Woodlawn Precinct.

The team is comprised of a Lieutenant, Sergeant and six Detectives.  Using a variety of investigative tools, techniques and skills, the team conducted  numerous, extensive and intricate investigations resulting in the execution of  96 search and seizure warrants and 210 arrests, of which 158 were felonies. 

Additionally, the team recovered over $600,000 in stolen property and contraband; seized over $13,000 in asset seizure forfeitures; and recovered 23 firearms. The team conducted a combined 1,500 hours of surveillance within the unit, while utilizing the latest investigative technologies available to track individuals wanted for attempted murder, armed robbery and various narcotics crimes. 

Several of the detectives have received specialized training in advanced telephonic investigations from top instructors across the country, and utilized these investigative skills on numerous cases.

Other cases handled include home invasion robberies; first degree assault with a handgun; a skimming theft case; armed robbery; bomb threats; attempted murder; recovery of 200 pounds of marijuana valued at $500,000.

Not only did the team handle over 270 cases, they continuously assisted other units such as Patrol, CID, and other agencies who required their experience and expertise.

 The team was relentless when it came to tracking criminals.

 For all of their achievements, the Precinct 2/Woodlawn Investigative Services Team receives the Baltimore County Police Foundation’s Exceptional Group Performance Award.

 

 

 Valor

  Officer David L. Dillard

 Years of Service: 8

 Precinct 12/North Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On September 25, 2011, Officer David Dillard and Officer Janet Landsman responded to a call on Berkshire Road for a suicidal subject. The man was armed with a blade in his hand and was threatening to kill himself.

 While assessing the situation and waiting for additional units, the officers were informed the man had gone to the rear of the home and was attempting to exit with the knife still in his hand. At that point, Officers Dillard and Landsman had no choice but to knowingly commit themselves to danger for the safety of the public. They needed to enter the house and try to make contact with the suicidal man. They wanted to establish his intentions and contain his actions.

 Landsman went in first with Dillard covering her from behind. When they stepped in the front door, the man  began running towards the officers with a knife in each hand. Both officers instructed the man to drop his weapons. In total defiance, he continued to charge at them.

 The officers began to retreat out the front door with Dillard pushing Landsman out of the doorway ahead of him. Just as Dillard retreated from the house himself, the suicidal man reached the door with knives in hand and charged at them again. 

 There was no safe or reasonable place to escape with the man charging at them and trying to stab them. He would not stop. Officer Dillard was forced to fire three rounds at the suspect to save his own life and the life of Officer Landsman.

 The man fell to the ground, and he was disarmed by the officers. They initiated first aid to him, but he succumbed to his injuries. Both officers were in imminent danger of losing their lives had the subject been allowed to continue. The actions of these two officers resulted in stopping a serious threat to the public and prevented further harm being caused by this distraught individual.

 For his heroic bravery in this life or death circumstance, Officer David L. Dillard receives the Baltimore County Police Foundation’s Valor Award.