2018 ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

Rookie of the Year

Officer Tyler A. Rivers

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Officer Tyler Rivers is assigned to Precinct 9/White Marsh.  He completed his first full year of service as a police officer in January 2018.  His Sergeant describes him as pleasant and friendly by nature; he carries himself with distinction and maturity beyond his years.  His calm disposition is a true asset, which aids in the de-escalation of suspects, and he possesses a natural ease in his interactions with the community. 

Officer Rivers produced an amazing amount of proactive law enforcement during the course of his rookie year.  He aggressively enforces all laws and has a deep-rooted skill in detecting and locating intoxicated drivers.  During the year, he amassed 15 DWI arrests and 22 uninsured drivers – removing these dangerous drivers from the road.  Officer Rivers conducted 700 traffic stops, which resulted in 1237 pieces of enforcement for traffic law violations.  He also conducted 194 investigations that resulted in 42 arrests.

In one specific incident, Officer Rivers and another officer attempted to stop a stolen Chevy Silverado pickup truck traveling south on Belair Road, after confirming that the vehicle was involved in an armed robbery of a bank at Belair and Silver Spring Roads.  A pursuit ensued with the Aviation Team assisting from above.  As the pursuit went into Baltimore City, the vehicle crashed into a pedestrian vehicle and the suspects fled from the truck.  Both officers engaged the suspects fleeing on foot.  It was an intense physical struggle to arrest the suspects.  Their subsequent arrests put an end to their long crime spree through several jurisdictions.

Officer Rivers is dedicated to serving the community.  He attended extensive training and became certified as an emergency medic.  On his days off, he is a member of the Emergency Medical Response Team for the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Station.  In September 2017, his experience as a certified medic allowed him to render aid to a female shooting victim until the arrival of responding EMT’s.  The Training Academy staff called upon Officer Rivers to teach EMS/First Aid classes to the recruit class, and he also assists with Police Officer Survival Training.

For his professionalism and outstanding performance, Officer Tyler A. Rivers has earned the Rookie of the Year Award.

 

Community Service

POFC James J. Saunders

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Officer James Saunders is assigned to the Wilkens Precinct; he is a member of their Community Action Team (CAT), which focuses on targeting crime in areas needing more attention.  He continually leads the Team in statistics.  In 2017, he had 17 arrests and 62 case clearances.  He issued 489 traffic citations, 454 warnings, 18 safety equipment repair orders, and 13 parking citations.  He also completed 32 field interview reports.

In addition to his regular duties, Officer Saunders is the volunteer lead advisor of the Wilkens Precinct’s Police Explorer Post.  The Baltimore County Police Explorer program is an introduction to various phases of law enforcement, and is chartered annually through the Boy Scouts of America.  The program is an important and excellent recruitment tool for future men and women in law enforcement.  Officer Saunders is deeply devoted to his Explorer Post spending over 2000 hours on Post activities in 2017; a sizeable portion of these hours on his own personal time.  He is always available to his Explorers, providing them with guidance, mentoring and other assistance.

When Officer Saunders began his efforts with this program, there were only 2 members.  In a year’s time, he recruited an additional 20 members and he maintains a current roster of 18 members.  Officer Saunders also increased the fundraising efforts for the Post raising $4,500.00 in five months, which allowed the Post to attend the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference to represent the County and improve their law enforcement skills. 

Officer Saunders is keenly aware that policing requires cultural, racial and religious sensitivity; he works hard to ensure that the Explorers will recognize those differences and interact with people from all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds in a respectful manner.  He also held a career day to offer perspective to the Explorers on different types of law enforcement related careers that are available. Officer Saunders also ensured that each Explorer performed service hours to the community.  They participated in National Night Out, Catonsville’s 4th of July Parade and Arts and Crafts Festival, Backpack Night at the Banneker Center, and a wreath laying at the Baltimore National Cemetery to honor veterans. 

For his dedicated efforts with the Explorer Program and exemplary commitment to serving the community, Officer James J. Saunders has earned the Community Service Award.

 

 

Crime Prevention

Stonko, Lindhorst, Haddaway (standing L-R) Canter (seated)

Captain Scott A. Canter, Sr.                     Lieutenant Patrick L. Stonko

Corporal John Haddaway                         Detective Albert Carl Lindhorst, Jr.

 

Click here to learn more about the SHIELD Program.

The Baltimore County Police Department’s SHIELD Program is designed to establish partnerships between the Department, security managers and professionals within the private sector, education professionals, and faith-based communities through intelligence sharing, threat briefings and training opportunities. 

The SHIELD Program is different than any other program offered to our stakeholders in the history of the Police Department.  The program is specifically designed to gather and share vast amounts of intelligence, homeland security and crime prevention information to members.  It’s also designed to be an intelligence source for members to share information.  The goal of the program is to educate our members on what is occurring around the country and world, so that they may take that information and learning experiences with them to make their organizations less vulnerable to terrorist and criminal attacks. 

The SHIELD Program is managed by the Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Section and is supported throughout the County with a Homeland Security liaison in each of the ten precincts.  Captain Scott Canter, Lieutenant Patrick Stonko, Corporal John Haddaway and Detective Carl Lindhorst participated in all aspects of the development and sustainability of the program.  They have all taken part in additional requests for service by individual SHIELD members to include active shooter tabletop exercises, situational awareness training, vulnerability assessments of facilities, and reviews of emergency action and safety plans.

To date, the SHIELD Program has approximately 141 member organizations including large and small businesses, educational institutions, and faith-based communities in Baltimore County. Quarterly training is offered at various locations throughout the County on topics such as radicalization of violent extremists, workplace violence, and updates on terrorist activities, just to name a few. 

In 2017, in addition to the quarterly training that all SHIELD members receive, the program sent members 10 in-depth briefings on recent terrorist attacks, 16 informational training emails, held 3 meetings, and handled 27 personal assistance requests for SHIELD members.  For members who cannot attend meetings, the Department provides updated training programs and news on the SHIELD’s dedicated web page.  This includes training that is offered by State and Federal partners as well as on-line resources. The Department also provides a dedicated phone line for SHIELD members that gives them direct access to make inquiries and obtain information.

Baltimore County and our valued business owners, security managers and professionals, and faith-based staffs benefit by proactively developing closer relationships by creating dialogue that will enhance overall security throughout Baltimore County.

For their extensive knowledge and expertise utilized to create, implement and sustain this important program, Captain Scott A. Canter, Sr., Lieutenant Patrick L. Stonko, Corporal John Haddaway and Detective Albert Carl Lindhorst, Jr. have earned the Crime Prevention Award

 

Distinguished Contribution to the Profession

Lieutenant Douglas McManus

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 Lieutenant Douglas McManus is the Assistant Precinct Commander at the Franklin Precinct.  He is a 24-year veteran of the Department, serving in various units throughout his career.  Lieutenant McManus also oversees the Precinct’s Investigative Services and Community Outreach Teams. 

There are four learning institutions located within the Franklin Precinct’s service area that provide education and assistance for children and teens with autism.  Lieutenant McManus began to research a better way for police to respond to the autistic community, and after speaking with staff members at The Forbush School, he found a program entitled, “BE SAFE” that originated on the West Coast.  BE SAFE pairs up an autistic student with a police partner.  They participate in ice-breaking exercises followed by video presentations, where the officer and student work together on follow-up challenges.  Some of the topics are: Law Enforcement Officers Help Us BE SAFE, Stay Calm When You Meet the Police, and BE SAFE in an Emergency.  These exercises are beneficial as students are exposed to different types of police officers, and the officers are exposed to different types and levels of autistic behaviors.  This type of experience is certainly helpful to all who attend. 

Lieutenant McManus prepared the training program for the personnel at the Franklin Precinct.  He recognized that the training would be useful countywide, so he reached out to each patrol precinct for a volunteer to attend the training.  Eleven officers attended the first BE SAFE training conducted at The Forbush School at Glyndon on the Hannah More campus.  Three additional training programs were held; in 2017, 56 officers and supervisors participated in the BE SAFE training program, as well as 56 students with autism.  This training has provided the officers with the skills to be able to understand and have a positive interaction with an individual with autism or other special needs.  Many officers have advised Lieutenant McManus that due to the BE SAFE training program they have been able to identify individuals with autism and resolve incidents in an effective manner.   

Lieutenant McManus plans to continue this valuable training program and hopes to expand it so that other students and institutions are able to interact with police officers.

For his outstanding and dedicated efforts in implementing this program, Lieutenant Douglas J. McManus has earned the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award.

 

Exceptional Performance

Detective Eric B. Hoppa

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Detective Eric Hoppa has been with the Department since 2007.  He is a member of the Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT), Street Operations Squad.  The Task Force is a joint unit consisting of police from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland State Police.  The Street Operations Squad has 12 detectives – a combination of Baltimore City and County detectives who work the streets in both jurisdictions throughout the day. Detective Hoppa is a skilled detective who has become one of the leaders on the Squad.  The responsibility of this Squad goes beyond the recovery of stolen vehicles.  These vehicles are often used to commit violent crimes such as homicide, shootings, robberies, carjackings, and burglaries.  Each day, Detective Hoppa and the members of the Squad work to apprehend these violent subjects.  Since being assigned to the Squad, Detective Hoppa has led all detectives in recoveries and apprehensions.         

In 2017, Detective Hoppa apprehended 244 suspects for various crimes including felony and misdemeanor warrants, and he issued 17 criminal citations.  He recovered 212 stolen vehicles with an approximate value of $2,047,000.  During these investigations, he also recovered 7 handguns. 

These are just a couple of the cases in which Detective Hoppa was involved — Precinct officers located a stolen vehicle and contacted RATT.  Detective Hoppa responded, set up electronic surveillance and remained in the area.  Several hours later, the vehicle went mobile and was tracked as it traveled.  All three occupants were subsequently apprehended and charged accordingly.    In another case,  Detective Hoppa spotted a subject in a vehicle who had five open arrest warrants, including a Murder warrant, an Attempted Murder warrant, two Armed Robbery warrants, and a CDS Possession warrant.  Detective Hoppa contacted the Aviation Unit to assist as the subject fled in the vehicle.  The subject eventually bailed out and climbed to the roof of a commercial building.  Detective Hoppa was able to talk the subject down and take him into custody without incident.  Detective Hoppa uses sound judgement and excellent tactics.  He has an incredible work ethic and continues to go the extra step to solve any case in which he is involved.  

For his exemplary investigative skills and persistent efforts, Detective Eric B. Hoppa has earned the Exceptional Performance Award

 

Exceptional Group Performance

Burglary Unit/East Squad Back Row (L-R): Earomirski, Kolsevich, Grauel, Connor, Mickle Front Row (L-R): Selby, Brumfitt, Hanley, Lippa

 

 Sergeant Shawn P. Hanley                              Corporal Jeffrey A. Mickle

Detective C. Brumfitt                                          Detective John Isaiah Lewesley Connor

Detective David S. Earomirski                        Detective Steve Grauel

Detective Michael A. Kolsevich                       Detective Gary S. Lippa

Detective Douglas Patrick (Ret.)                    Detective Maggie A. Selby

 

 

Click here to learn more about the work of the Burglary Unit’s East Squad.

The detectives and supervisors of the CIB/Burglary Unit, East Squad are responsible for the investigation of residential and commercial burglaries that occur within the east side precincts.  The crime of burglary is notoriously hard to solve.  The nature of burglaries and how they are committed makes the investigation of these complex cases difficult. Most burglary victims are chosen by suspects at random, usually with no connection found between the victim and the suspect, as opposed to an assault or other crime.  Often, there is a lack of witnesses to burglaries and hardly ever any physical evidence recovered at burglary scenes. 

Suspects have adapted to the reality that their fingerprints can be traced, so they wear gloves to conceal their fingerprints.  They also wear masks or clothing in an attempt to defeat being identified on surveillance systems.  This leaves the detectives with little or no information to begin their investigations.  These facts demonstrate what an outstanding year the Burglary Unit, East Squad experienced this past year.

In 2017, the detectives and supervisors of this Squad conducted investigations into a total of 1277 cases.  Of those cases, 767 were 1st Degree, or residential burglaries; 432 were 2nd Degree, or commercial and/or shed burglaries, and 78 were 3rd and 4th Degree burglaries or other crimes.  The eight detectives assigned to this Squad were tasked with handling this extraordinary amount of cases.  Of these investigations, 425 were cleared, either by arrest or exceptionally cleared, meaning a suspect was identified as a result of the investigation, but not criminally charged due to various reasons, including victims declining prosecution of the suspects.  These cleared cases represent a 33% case clearance rate, which is well above the national average of 13.1%.  The amount of work required to not only investigate but clear such a high number of cases is remarkable. 

Another astounding number generated by this Squad is the amount of stolen property recovered.  Many burglary victims fear that their cases may never be solved and their stolen property never recovered.  As a result of the investigations conducted by the East Squad in 2017, a total of $408,729.00 worth of property was recovered.  The items recovered included valuable, irreplaceable jewelry, in some cases family heirlooms for which no monetary value can be placed.  High-end home electronics, firearms, and vehicles were also recovered.  The return of the recovered property to the owner/victim is often emotional and overwhelming for them, as well as satisfying for the detectives.

The detectives and supervisors of this Squad are dedicated and self-sufficient.  They not only conduct their own investigations, but they are frequently called upon to assist other detectives within the Department.  They also run surveillance details, install GPS devices, and search for and apprehend suspects for whom they have warrants. 

For their tenacious and exemplary investigative skills, which resulted in the successful clearance of cases and apprehension of suspects, the CIB/Burglary Unit, East Squad has earned the Exceptional Group Performance Award.

 

Valor

POFC Tyler E. Carver

POFC Andrew W. Minton

POFC Gary W. Leary

Detective R. Patrick Gibbs

POFC Erica Slocum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On June 7, 2017, at 2:51 p.m., patrol units from the Dundalk Precinct were dispatched to an Armed Robbery involving a suspect with a gun that had just occurred near Dundalk Avenue and Sollers Point Road.  The citizen who contacted 9-1-1 witnessed the robbery and advised that the suspect had boarded an MTA bus.  She provided a description of a man with an orange beard, wearing a gray sweat suit. 

Officer Erica Slocum, Officer Gary Leary, Officer Andrew Minton, Officer Tyler Carver, and Detective R. Patrick Gibbs responded to the area.  Upon arrival, Officer Slocum canvassed the area and located an MTA bus traveling in front of a nearby shopping center.  Officers Slocum and Leary conducted an investigative traffic stop on the bus.  As Officer Slocum walked to the rear of the bus, the suspect brandished a handgun and pointed it at her.

Officer Slocum drew her firearm and advised passengers to take cover.   The suspect fired two rounds at Officer Slocum, who quickly exited the bus through the rear door.  The suspect ordered passengers off the bus; he brandished an additional handgun, high capacity magazines and more ammunition.  Officer Leary began assisting the driver of the MTA bus who had been hurt and was laying in the roadway with a leg injury.  The suspect, armed with a gun in each hand, continued to shoot in multiple directions from the doorway of the bus, putting both officers and civilians in grave danger.

Officer Leary exchanged multiple rounds with the suspect as Officer Carver returned fire using his shotgun. At this point, both Officers continued to fire on the suspect.  Detective Gibbs joined Officer Slocum at the rear of the bus, and the suspect fired several rounds at him.  Detective Gibbs took cover and returned fire.  Shortly after, the suspect ran out of the rear door of the bus toward the nearby row houses.   He took cover behind a white van at the intersection and continued to fire multiple rounds at the officers, one striking Officer Slocum in the right thigh. She yelled to Detective Gibbs that she had been shot.  He saw Officer Slocum lying on her back in the street, exposed to the suspect’s gunfire.  Without hesitation, he selflessly left the safety of cover to rescue Officer Slocum by dragging her to the rear of his vehicle, propping her up against the rear tire. Detective Gibbs told Officer Slocum to keep pressure on her wound. He then re-engaged the suspect.  

  Officer Minton drove directly to the scene willingly placing himself in danger.  He exited his patrol car and came under fire.  As he walked closer to the suspect, using hedges for concealment, he fired a round at the suspect and watched him stumble backward. Officers Minton, Leary, and Carver and Detective Gibbs fired multiple rounds at the suspect until he was no longer a threat. 

The officers did an outstanding job of containing the suspect to prevent further harm to citizens in the adjacent shopping center and neighborhood.  They heroically placed themselves in the direct line of fire to actively engage this suspect to ensure no further harm to anyone. While under fire and without hesitation, these officers selflessly rendered aid not only to Officer Slocum, but to the two citizens on the scene who were also injured.

For the courage and bravery displayed during this incident, Officer Tyler E. Carver, Detective R. Patrick Gibbs, Officer Gary W. Leary, Jr., Officer Andrew W. Minton and Officer Erica Slocum have earned the Valor Award.