2013 Annual Award Recipients

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Stan Stovall

Years of Service: 19

WBAL TV

 Stan Stovall entered the Baltimore market in 1978 and is easily one of the most recognizable faces in Baltimore television broadcasting.  Since 1994, he has graciously served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Baltimore County Police Foundation’s annual awards program.  Growing up in Phoenix where his father was in law enforcement, Stan has always reflected a true appreciation of the work done by the men and women in law enforcement. In the field, he is known as a reporter who always takes the time to talk with you, and assist in any way he can.  For his long-time support and commitment to the Baltimore County Police Foundation, it is the Foundation’s honor to recognize Stan Stovall as recipient of this year’s Community Service Award.

 

CRIME PREVENTION

Eduardo D. Hayden

Years of Service: 6

Youth & Community Resources Sectin

 The Latino-Hispanic population in Baltimore County schools has grown over the last few years. As a result of this growth, Juvenile Counselor Eduardo Hayden saw a need to reach out to the students who were experiencing problems at schools with English as a Second Language (ESOL) programs, particularly at Parkville and Dulaney High Schools.  Counselor Hayden proposed a crime prevention initiative called Latino Youth Outreach Network (LYON). After meeting with school officials, Hayden and his staff met with 53 students and their parents to discuss the need for their participation. His fluency in Spanish helped him communicate with the teens and their families. Group counseling sessions were held on a weekly basis and were geared to the specific issues facing the students.  Recognizing that challenges are necessary for young minds,  Counselor Hayden worked with the students in a film project through “Change in Motion,” a national multi-media project sponsored by the American Immigration Council. The students interviewed members of the community, filmed, assembled and edited the project, then submitted their work. They learned organization, teamwork, developed their writing skills, leadership and confidence. These formerly disengaged students were now focused. They stayed in school and they were no longer making poor life decisions.  Counselor Hayden credits the success of this program to the coordinated efforts of many people, but one person in particular that he recognizes as his strongest partner is Ms. Jennifer Audlin, a Spanish Teacher and Latino Community Liaison at Dulaney High School. This approach to the challenges facing the young Latino-Hispanic students worked, and the program continues to show impressive results. In fact, the LYON Program was the recipient of a Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for 2012.  For his dedication to the youth of Baltimore County, it is fitting that Counselor Eduardo Hayden receive the award for Crime Prevention.

 

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROFESSION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Based Reporting Team

Lieutenant Joseph D. Conger, Years of Service: 17

 Lieutenant Theresa A. McQuaid, Years of Service: 24

 Sergeant Vickie R. Warehime, Years of Service: 20

 Corporal Jean P. Slattery, Years of Service: 16

 Ms. Kathleen A. McCubbin, Years of Service: 25

 Field Based Reporting (FBR) is an automated report writing system successfully developed by the Baltimore County Police Department with the Baltimore County Office of Information Technology (OIT).  The project has taken nearly 18 months to produce and though it will not be fully implemented until January 2014, the bulk of project development took place throughout 2012, and the project pilot was put into action in December 2012. FBR represents a significant change in the way we do business in the Department and the biggest operational change most of us will see in our careers. It was clear that to succeed the project would require input from subject matter experts within the agency, and the Field Based Reporting Team was assembled to tackle this project.  The incident reporting system is quite complex and touches every facet of police operations. It begins when a call is placed to 911 and includes everything from how a complaint number is assigned to how officers fill out every block of every report.  Reports flow between officers and supervisors then on to the Records Management Unit, the Crime Analysis Team, and personnel who code reports for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) systems. FBR changes how reports are written, stored, searched, retrieved and shared by officers, detectives, support staff and the State’s Attorney’s Office. FBR had to be adaptable for use by police personnel in a highly mobile environment.  The stakes were high to get this program up and running. The price tag for FBR was $1.7 million, not including project hours contributed by Police personnel.  FBR is the agency’s third attempt at developing an automated report writing system over the past two decades.  Coordinating FBR training for some 2,000 employees was a large effort.  Annual in-service training, range qualifications, and court schedules were adjusted for 2013 and 2014 to ensure precinct staffing while members attend training.  Once these schedules were set, the team was committed to meet all deadlines.  Members worked long hours, often on personal time, to keep this massive project on track. The first squad of officers from Precinct 4/Pikesville began successfully writing Baltimore County Police Incident Reports using FBR in December 2012. In February 2013, another squad came aboard using the FBR system. Since the December start date, well over 225 reports have been successfully created and approved through the system. The program will expand throughout the County and will be used agency-wide by 2014. This is yet another example of Baltimore County and the Police Department leading the way in law enforcement innovation.  For their expertise and dedication to launching Field Based Reporting, Lieutenant Joseph Conger, Lieutenant Theresa McQuaid, Sergeant Vickie Warehime, Corporal Jean Slattery and Ms. Kathy McCubbin have earned the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award.

 

 EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE

Officer Bryan S. Campbell

Years of Service: 3

Precinct 12/North Point

 Officer Bryan Campbell’s career in law enforcement started in 1988 as a Baltimore City Police Officer.  After retiring from the City, in  2009 at age 42, he joined the Baltimore County Police Department bringing his invaluable years of experience to the job.  Since joining the Department, Officer Campbell has been involved in some interesting cases. One case in particular demonstrated his dedication to the people he protects and his experience in the Narcotics arena.  A call for police service regarding a pet cat that had been shot turned into more than the officer and the suspect could have imagined. On April 4, 2012, Officer Campbell responded to the residence of a woman who reported that her 2-year-old cat had been shot by a suspect using a BB gun and that the pellet was lodged in the spine of the animal, and that surgery was required.  During the Officer’s interviews with those living nearby, he was told by one witness that a neighborhood man told him that he used his BB gun to shoot rabbits and the neighbor’s grey cat.  After a photo show, the suspect was identified. Armed with the suspect’s address, Officer Campbell responded to the residence and knocked on the door, but there was no answer. The Officer couldn’t wait until another time to question the suspect because evidence could be destroyed.  A judge granted Officer Campbell’s application for a search and seizure warrant regarding the suspect’s residence. The Officer responded to the suspect’s residence and made lawful entry after receiving no response at the door.  The Officer found the suspect in the kitchen. During his search of the suspect’s residence, Officer Campbell found the BB gun and controlled dangerous substances. In addition, written documents with the title “Simple ways to make meth” were found at the residence.  Officer Campbell’s sense of duty, dedication, and compassion for the victim stopped a criminal before he could harm anyone. Methamphetamine labs can produce large explosions, death and/or serious injury to those in the immediate area.  For his tenacity in thwarting a potential threat, Officer Bryan Campbell is deserving of the Exceptional Performance Award.

 

EXCEPTIONAL GROUP PERFORMANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pawn, Precious Metal, and Scrap Metal Team

Corporal Morgan G. Hassler, Years of Service: 18

 Detective Joshua M. Battaglia, Years of Service: 16

 Detective Jennifer C. Ende, Years of Service: 8

 Detective Sheryl A. Fitch, Years of Service: 19

 Detective Chad E. Miller, Years of Service: 7

 Detective Shawn P. Scott, Years of Service: 16

 Mrs. Laura C. Tapp, Years of Service: 25

 Detective Kevin L.Thomas, Years of Service: 21

 Detective Justin M. Warnick, Years of Service: 10

 Between 2009 and 2011, calls to the Baltimore County Police Department related to metal theft increased by 364%. A total of 11 pawn shops and 25 licensed precious metal dealers were on the books by the end of 2006. By the end of 2012, there were 11 pawn shops, 97 licensed precious metal dealers and 10 licensed scrap metal dealers in the County. When we do the math, we see a total increase in the number of precious metal dealers of 288%.  The Pawn, Precious Metal, and Scrap Metal Team was developed to combat this increase in the number of thefts and calls for service related to various types of metal theft.  This eight member team is comprised of a Corporal, six detectives, and one civilian. In 2012 alone, the Team assisted in the investigation of 671 criminal cases involving precious and scrap metal thefts, resulting in the recovery or identification of 6,043 stolen items with an estimated value of 2.2 million dollars.  In the last two years, this dynamic team has been responsible for the recovery of nearly half-a-million dollars worth of stolen property. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of stolen or recovered items increased by 797%. The number of criminal cases solved increased 446%, and the value of stolen property identified/recovered increased 214%.  According to Corporal Morgan Hassler, many of these crimes are devastating to the victims. The emotional cost far outweighs the financial loss. The jewelry recovered by the Team is most often stolen during a burglary. For some victims, the stolen items may be irreplaceable family heirlooms. The financial damage done to the business community can’t be overestimated. Tens of thousands of dollars are lost for the sake of $150.  The Pawn, Precious Metal and Scrap Metal Team has faced the challenge of investigating these crimes by “thinking outside the box”, developing new ways to utilize existing technology, and cultivating relationships with scrap metal shops/processors, pawn shop owners, precious metal dealers and the business community.  For the reasons listed, the Pawn, Precious Metal, and Scrap Metal Team is more than deserving of the Exceptional Group Performance Award.

 

VALOR

Officer Jacob T. Heins

Precinct 12/North Point

Years of Service: 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Phillip G. Twisdale

Precinct 12/North Point

Years of Service: 6  

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 In the early morning hours of September 23, 2012, Officers Phillip Twisdale and Jacob Heins responded to a suspicious call about four white males with backpacks walking down Seaside Avenue. This was the second call of the night regarding the four subjects. The two Officers checked the area and found no one fitting the description, so they cleared this call and were dispatched to a disturbance call. While enroute, Heins observed a white male, who fit the description of the subjects in the first call, walking down the middle of the road carrying a backpack.  He approached the man and ordered him to stop. As Officer Heins exited his car, he could see the man was wearing gloves and holding a foot long flashlight. When asked for identification, the subject produced a military ID card and then quickly tried to put it back in his pocket. By this time, Twisdale came on the scene. During this brief contact time, neither Officer was able to notify dispatch about the stop due to the high volume of radio traffic.  Heins inquired about the contents of the backpack and asked to inspect it. Meanwhile, Twisdale escorted the subject towards the police vehicle. Still holding the flashlight in his hand, the subject pushed off the side of the car, turned quickly to Twisdale and raised the flashlight, which quickly became a weapon. An altercation ensued as both Officers attempted to take the suspect to the ground. Using his flashlight, Heins struck the subject several times about his body and legs, but he fought back and tried to escape again. Eventually, the Officers were able to take the subject to the ground, and as they fell, all three rolled and became pinned up against the patrol car.  Efforts to call for help were hindered as Heins’ radio was jarred from its holster and lying in the grass a few feet away, giving off an audible tone, which is indicative of the radio having had the channel switched off of the operational channel, and Twisdale’s radio had been ripped from his shirt during the struggle. Heins saw the open door of the patrol car and was able to quickly lean in, hit the emergency button on the computer, and then return to the struggle at hand. It was later learned that the Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) computer in his patrol car was not working at the time.  Exhaustion was beginning to set in as both Officers were still unable to contain the suspect.  Heins resorted to using O.C. spray. After two attempts with the spray, the subject continued to struggle and roll violently, causing Heins to drop the O.C. spray canister.  Heins reached for his ASP baton, however, the baton didn’t fully extend on deployment, and he was forced to use the handle of the baton. As he struck the suspect’s legs and back from a prone position, Twisdale yelled, “He’s going for my gun! He’s got my gun!” Unable to get a clear view, Heins asked, “He’s going for your gun?” Twisdale told Heins the subject had his gun. Heins dropped the ASP, pulled out his handgun, and fearing that Twisdale or he could be shot, he dove across the two men and fired two shots into the subject’s head and neck. The subject instantly stopped fighting the officers. It was at this time that Heins was able to recover Twisdale’s radio and notify the dispatcher that shots had been fired and that medical personnel were needed.  What seemed like hours, from the time of the initial contact with the subject to the radio call advising that shots were fired, took approximately six minutes. The struggle itself lasted four minutes. Officers Twisdale and Heins were in a battle with a highly-trained seaman who was trained in mixed martial arts, was physically fit, and a strong, young man. The subject did not want to be arrested and was willing to do whatever it took to make sure it didn’t happen. Ultimately, he lost that battle and his life.  As stated in the nomination, the Officers were on their own. Their equipment, radios, Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) system, Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL) and other safeguards meant to protect officers were either not working properly, inaccessible or not available. It is believed that had only one officer handled this call, the outcome may have had a more tragic ending. Instead, because both men took responsibility for the well-being and life of the other, they are here today.  For their bravery and heroism during a life or death struggle, Officers Jacob T. Heins and Phillip G. Twisdale are worthy to receive the award for Valor.