2021 Annual Award Recipients

“Michael P. Caruthers” Rookie of the Year


Officer Jacob Fiedler

Officer Jacob Fiedler began his career with the Baltimore County Police Department as a cadet and graduated in the 153rd Recruit Class in December 2019. He completed field training in February of 2020 shortly before the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Officer Fielder notes that he needed to adapt much of what he learned in the police academy and during field training to fit the new officer and community safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In 2020, through the course of his investigations, Officer Fiedler had the opportunity to work with several specialized units, including the Precinct 4 Investigative Services Unit, Carjacking, Sex Crimes, and Crimes Against Children.

During his first year on the force, Officer Fielder made 10 arrests, 7 of which were for felony charges, and cleared 19 cases, including 5 with felony charges, as well as 71 traffic stops. Officer Fielder helped maintain a visible police presence in the community. He performed 320 business checks throughout the year, helping deter criminal activity and adding to a sense of safety in the community.

Officer Fielder is recognized for his quick actions to de-escalate an incident involving a woman experiencing a mental health crisis who tried to harm her children in July of 2020. Thanks to his quick thinking, and willingness to put himself in harm’s way to protect others, the children involved in this incident were unharmed.

Officer Fiedler considers his father, retired Officer Marc Fiedler, his greatest influence and mentor in life and policing. In his time as a patrol officer, Officer Fielder has been heralded for his determination, ability to work exceptionally within a team, positive attitude, and dedication to keeping his co-workers and the citizens of Baltimore County safe. For his detailed investigative work, interpersonal skills, and dedication to duty, Officer Jacob Fielder has earned the 2021 “Michael P. Caruthers” Rookie of the Year Award.

Click here to view Officer Fiedler’s video testimonial.


Community Service

Sergeant Angela Mickle

Sergeant Angela Mickle joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1997 and currently leads the Community Outreach Unit in the White Marsh Precinct. In 2020, with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, Sergeant Mickle witnessed the needs of the community grow exponentially and found creative ways to keep the Community Outreach Unit engaged with the citizens they serve. Throughout the year, Sergeant Mickle collected food donations and worked with the Community Outreach Unit to distribute that food to homeless shelters, food banks, churches, and community centers. She also worked with a local grocery store to organize a food drive to provide families in need with food for the holidays.  Each year, Sergeant Mickle obtains school supply donations and delivers them to School Resource Officers to discretely provide those supplies to students who are unable to afford the items. Working with local churches, Sergeant Mickle organized Halloween “Trunk or Treat” events which provided an opportunity for children to participate in a socially distant drive through event where officers distributed candy to the children. Sergeant Mickle maintains proactive and positive relationships with the faith-based communities in her precinct, recruiting local churches to participate in the “Faith in Blue” program, an initiative designed to enable local partnerships among law enforcement, residents, business and community groups for safer, stronger, more just and unified communities. During one service at Perry Hall Family Worship Center, Sergeant Mickle read books to children in the childcare center.

Sergeant Mickle’s dedication to community is not limited to her work while on duty. She also writes and mails prayer cards to individuals experiencing hardship in the hopes of lifting their spirits. When a co-worker, Mr. Craig Haacke, went through personal and medical hardship, Sergeant Mickle raised $3,000 through the creation and sales of a special challenge coin depicting the White Marsh Precinct. Sadly, Mr. Haacke, who had already lost his wife and was later diagnosed with cancer himself, passed away in April of 2020.

Sergeant Mickle’s deep ties to the community are reflected by the outpouring of support the community has provided to the Baltimore County Police Department, especially during the pandemic when community members brought food and sanitization products to Sergeant Mickle to distribute to officers.

For her kindness, generosity, and unwavering dedication to service, Sergeant Angela Mickle has earned the 2021 Community Service Award.

Click here to view Sergeant Mickle’s video testimonial.


Crime Prevention

Corporal P. Duane Holt, II

Corporal P. Duane Holt II joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1999. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2017 and began working in the Towson Precinct. He currently serves as supervisor of the Towson Entertainment District Squad, a group of officers patrolling the Towson Entertainment District during the midnight shift.  Corporal Holt meets with business owners and staff in the Towson Entertainment District and conducts security surveys to keep dozens of businesses and, at times, thousands of citizens in the area safe. Corporal Holt analyzes calls for service, reports, and complaints from citizens and businesses, to determine strategy for officer deployment for crime prevention and community policing.

During 2020, Corporal Holt and his squad implemented road closures during the times at which restaurants and bars near and along York Road were set to close for the night. The road closure plan was designed to increase pedestrian safety along the busy corridor, at a time where there was elevated pedestrian and vehicle traffic. In the summer months, Corporal Holt and his squad worked to close off roadways during the “Seats on the Street” campaign, a coordinated effort between the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore County Government, Baltimore County Police Department, and local businesses to increase the number of people patronizing businesses while significant COVID-19 restrictions were in place. Street closures allowed for restaurants to use the streets for outdoor dining and provided a much-needed boost to businesses during a tumultuous time. Corporal Holt directed officers in his squad to park marked police vehicles in front of barriers while on foot patrol to make sure drivers were aware of the closure. Additionally, during the coronavirus pandemic, Corporal Holt took initiative to educate businesses on the evolving local and state public health and safety guidelines.  Corporal Holt and his squad helped restaurants and bars operate within those guidelines to remain open, and accrue few, if any, infractions. Corporal Holt also serves as the liaison between the Baltimore County Police Department and Towson University. In this role, Corporal Holt shares information on crime trends, what he observes in the Towson Entertainment District, and reports involving Towson University students. Communication with the University about these issues serves as a crime deterrent, as students are made aware of this policy by Towson University.

For his extraordinary efforts to improve safety in the Towson Business District, Corporal P. Duane Holt II has earned the 2021 Crime Prevention Award.

Click here to view Corporal Holt’s video testimonial.


Distinguished Contribution to the Profession

Public Affairs Section
Back Row (L-R): Warehime, Moore, Gay
Front Row (L-R): Hardgrove, Levy, Peach


Sergeant Vickie Warehime
Officer Danielle J. Moore
OFC Jennifer Z. Peach
Detective Robert P. Reason III
Mr. Kevin T. Gay
Ms. Julia M. Hardgrove
Ms. Miriam A. Levy
Ms. Natalie B. Litofsky

The year 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic brought significant changes for the Public Affairs Section. In January 2020, the Baltimore County Police Department adopted a new Body Worn Camera Release policy, which required the Public Affairs Section to produce redacted and edited content for release to the public within 30 days of an incident. The Public Affairs Section created several videos of police-involved shootings and critical incidents that were published on the agency’s YouTube channel and disseminated to the press and the public. The videos produced under the new policy featured radio transmissions, map overlays, body worn camera footage, and additional context.

In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic shifted operations of the Baltimore County Police Department, much as it had for other aspects of public life. The need to create content and maintain messaging for the public remained constant. The Public Affairs Section was utilized to be the main source for internal rather than external messaging and information sharing as it related to policy announcements, safety protocols, PPE readiness and daily messaging on positivity rates and Governor’s orders. This was unprecedented as the amount of messaging became critical for the Department. Officer Peach and Sergeant Warehime ensured the content and critical information was in each message sent daily. For the first time, video content was also being used to convey information since face-to-face interactions were limited due to the pandemic. Officer Moore and Detective Reason were the steady workers in assisting with video creation, handling crime reports and pushing social media posts to stay relevant with the community.

Professional staff transitioned to remote work in the early days of the pandemic. Julia Hardgrove coordinated alternate programming to the Department’s “On the Beat” television show that could not be filmed at a local studio. She also coordinated the use of a studio at a Baltimore County Public Library branch to enable the filming of messages to members of the Department. Kevin Gay also took responsibility for researching equipment needed for the Public Affairs Section to create its own video editing and recording studio. Julia Hardgrove, Natalie Litofsky, and Miriam Levy tracked and maintained high levels of engagement on the Department’s website, iWatch platform, and social media channels. Even with additional responsibilities, the team continued to ensure that the public was able to interact with the agency through these channels in a timely manner and provided content and engagement that expanded the Department’s reach. This eventually led to an acknowledgement and verification of the Baltimore County Police Department Twitter account (@BaltCoPolice).

The Public Affairs Section, through video messaging, email blasts, and social media content, became a main source of information for the public and for officers about updates to policies, safety protocols, as well as changes to public health guidance in Baltimore County and Maryland. The unit also created public service announcements (PSAs) reassuring the public of continued police presence and response in their communities, as well as PSAs providing crime prevention and safety tips.

For consistent innovation and tenacity in maintaining communication with all stakeholders and providing a new level of connection between the community and the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department during the coronavirus pandemic, the Public Affairs Section has earned the 2021 Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award.

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Exceptional Performance

Detective Eric Hoppa

Detective Eric Hoppa joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 2007. In 2020, Detective Hoppa spearheaded a large-scale multi-state investigation into what has become the largest auto theft investigation initiated by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force in its 25-year history.

In February 2020, Detective Hoppa arrested a woman in Baltimore City who was driving a vehicle that was stolen and linked to an identity theft incident in Prince George’s County. Detective Hoppa was aware of an ongoing identity theft investigation by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force and other law enforcement agencies in Maryland and continued his investigation into this incident to determine if there was a connection between these cases. He discovered a new vehicle outside of the home of the suspect several days after her initial arrest and learned that the vehicle was purchased with the same stolen identity at a dealership in Baltimore County. Detective Hoppa obtained a warrant and arrested the same woman who provided additional information that led him to the person who provided her with stolen identities and necessary paperwork to carry out the scheme. Over the course of several months, Detective Hoppa spent much of his time, in addition to his regular duties with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, writing warrants to advance the case. The Regional Auto Theft Task Force and Detective Hoppa executed the warrants and uncovered evidence linked to more than one dozen identity theft schemes at car dealerships in Maryland. Detective Hoppa also navigated time zones, changing schedules, and COVID-19 safety precautions to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and other experts in auto theft investigation to obtain information and build the case across state lines. This was a sophisticated and organized operation that was not limited to identity theft. Detective Hoppa found that the car theft ring had individuals who could disable factory tracking devices on vehicles, as well as individuals who could change the Vehicle Identification Numbers on vehicles, which would allow them to either keep the vehicles or sell them to unsuspecting buyers. As of July 2021, this investigation has led to the identification of more than 200 identity theft victims; recovery of 150 stolen vehicles valued at more than $7 million; and the arrest of more than 80 people believed to be involved in this scheme.

For his determination, investigative skills, and collaborative abilities in pursuit of justice, Detective Eric Hoppa has earned the 2021 Exceptional Individual Performance Award.

Click here to view Detective Hoppa’s video testimonial.


Exceptional Group Performance

Crash Team – Shift B
Back Row (L-R): Sears, Moroz, Shaffer
Front Row (L-R): Dickel, Weber, Voight, Lockwood
Sergeant Shane Moroz
Corporal Christopher Shaffer
Officer Ryan Dickel
Officer Teresa Lockwood
Officer Philip Sears
Officer Brian Voight
Officer Keith Weber

The night of December 31, 2019, New Year’s Eve, Baltimore County Police received a call for a serious hit and run accident involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Dulaney Valley Road and Fairmount Avenue in Towson. The victim was crossing Dulaney Valley Road, in the crosswalk and with the pedestrian signal, when he was struck by a dark-colored pick-up truck. The truck slowed after the crash but continued to drive off.

The pedestrian, who was visiting his family for the holidays, was rushed to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries. He survived for two weeks before succumbing to his injuries in January of 2020.

Members of the Crash Team initially collected pieces of the pick-up truck left behind by the crash, as well as surveillance video from the Towson Town Center and other businesses in the area. Investigators were able to piece together from that evidence that the suspect vehicle was a Dodge RAM pick-up truck. Crash Team investigators were able to pull license-plate reader information from the area at the time of the accident to further narrow their search and discovered a Dodge RAM that was in the area shortly before the accident.

The Crash Team then compared the license-plate reader information to motor vehicle information and discovered that the plate on that vehicle was turned in days after the accident. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was sold to a CarMax in Frederick and then sold at auction to a man in Virginia who was having the vehicle repaired. The Crash Team worked with Manassas Park Police Department to seize the vehicle and return it to Baltimore County as evidence. While executing a search warrant on the Dodge RAM pickup truck, investigators found damage and other biological evidence consistent with the pedestrian accident.

Results from search warrants for GPS and cell phone information, as well as witness interviews allowed the Crash Team to establish who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. The suspect denied being in Baltimore County on the day of the crash, contrary to evidence the Crash Team had gathered through the course of their investigation. The suspect in this case was arrested in February of 2020 and later convicted of manslaughter. He is serving a four-year prison sentence and will serve five years of supervised probation once released.

For their investigative skill, determination, and commitment to justice, the Baltimore County Crash Team Shift B has earned the 2021 Exceptional Group Performance Award.

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Valor

OFC Dia K. Lawrence
OFC Hunter Laisure

On November 30, 2020, Officers Hunter Laisure and Dia Lawrence were dispatched to a call for an armed robbery in-progress at the CVS Pharmacy on East Joppa Road in Parkville. The call was initiated by a security company monitoring the store who relayed to 911 dispatchers that there were three individuals holding store employees at gunpoint.

Officer Lawrence was first to arrive at the scene and recognizing the seriousness of the situation and the danger to the customer and store employees, he took immediate action to intervene. He entered through the front door of the business, catching the first suspect off-guard, as he had his back towards the main entrance of the store and was looking down at a customer and the store clerk who were sitting on the floor behind the counter. Within seconds of Officer Lawrence’s arrival, Officer Laisure entered the store, and both officers ordered the suspect to put his hands in the air. The suspect was hesitant to comply with the officers’ orders, at one point lowering his right hand to place it into his front right pants pocket. The suspect eventually complied; was placed in handcuffs, and when he was searched, a loaded handgun was found in his pants pocket.  During this time, the pharmacist yelled to the officers that the other two suspects had escaped the store with prescription medication. This information was relayed to other officers. Store security, patrol and aviation units were able to monitor and follow a tracking device the pharmacist had placed inside of the bag of medications taken from the store. The two other suspects were arrested after taking an Uber into Baltimore City and trying to escape on foot. A handgun was recovered from the second suspect, and a backpack filled with money and stolen medication was found in the backseat of the Uber.

For their bravery and courage demonstrated in pursuit of suspects and preservation of life, Officer Hunter Laisure and Officer Dia Lawrence have earned the 2021 Valor Award.

Click here to view the video testimonial of Officers Laisure and Lawrence.