Highlights from 39th Annual Awards Program

On April 29, the Baltimore County Police Foundation honored 18 sworn officers and two civilians for exceptional service at its annual awards ceremony. The honorees included Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio of Precinct 8 Parkville for her courageous and selfless actions she displayed when she responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in a Perry Hall community. Officer Amy Caprio was posthumously awarded the Valor Award.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at The Valley Mansion, 594 Cranbrook Road in Hunt Valley. The event began at 6 p.m. for a meet and greet, dinner was at 7:30 p.m. and the awards presentation began at 8:15 p.m. County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and Stephen P. Somers, Foundation President, presented the awards. The benediction and invocation were offered by the Reverend Herbert Watson.

The following personnel received the 2019 Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards.

  • Rookie of the Year – Officer Michael J. Flaherty, Precinct 12 Dundalk
    As a young officer, Officer Flaherty shows uncommon calm and is willing to take a leadership role in stressful situations. Flaherty’s traffic stops led to the seizure of significant amounts of drugs, cash and weaponry. His dedication to the profession is truly admirable.
     
  • Community Service – Officer Shawn “Spike” McElfish, Precinct 12 Dundalk
    While Officer McElfish has spent his 23 years at the Dundalk Precinct chasing the bad guys, he is also responsible for bringing kids and cops together on the baseball diamond. Baseball camps were held to inspire trust in the system. Some of the children only met officers in bad situations; this was a chance for cops and kids to interact in a positive way. A former minor league baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, he used his experience as a baseball player to help kids learn skills such as leadership. His success with the baseball clinics has led to football camps in the fall.
     
  • Crime Prevention – Lieutenant John L. Rossbach (Ret.), Precinct 1 Wilkens
    Lieutenant Rossbach spent 33 years serving the people of Baltimore County. Over that time, his attention to the business community has made doing business in the Arbutus area a safer place for employees and customers. Lt. Rossbach knew that most of the incidents happened in the late night hours and adjusted his work schedule to accommodate it and led his officers in the fight to make it a safe place for all.
     
  • Distinguished Contribution to the Profession – Deborah Street and Kathy Wallace, Office of the Chief
    Debbie Street and Kathy Wallace have a combined 60 years of service to the department. In that time, people within the department learned they were the “go to” people for information. Their pleasant, professional demeanor and knowledge of the workings of the Chief’s Office make it clear why they continue to be an integral part of the department. One of their biggest assignments is planning the annual Police Foundation Awards Dinner. It runs smoothly every year due to their attention to detail. There are many pieces to the puzzle to make this event-of-the-year appear seamless. Their hard work has made the awards ceremony grow in the years since its inception. Debbie Street and Kathy Wallace more than deserve the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award.
     
  • Exceptional Performance – Officer Rodney Kenion II, Precinct 8 Parkville
    Officer Rodney Kenion started with the department in 2002 and has proven to be a great asset. In one case, while investigating a burglary in which the suspect was establishing residency in a vacant house, Kenion spoke to the owner of the property. He was told the man was living in the house without permission. Kenion discovered the “tenant” was selling drugs from the location. The man was arrested and Kenion obtained a warrant to search the house. The search produced cash, drugs and two handguns. Kenion’s follow up brought the case to a successful conclusion. One investigation led to the closing of two cases.
     
  • Exceptional Group Performance – Precinct 12 Dundalk – Investigative Services Team: Lieutenant Christopher P. Morgan, Sergeant Kimberly A. DeFelice, Corporal Christopher P. Mazan, Detective Michael J. Copenhaver, Detective David L. Dillard, Detective Matthew H. Horney, Detective Justin C. Serio, Detective Anthony Shelton Jr., Detective Jason M. Stricklin, Officer Shawn “Spike” McElfish, and Officer Gary G. Huth
    The Investigative Services Team, IST, takes on various types of cases. In 2018, IST investigated 168 cases, made 238 arrests and cleared 147 cases. Compared to 2017, $50,000 more in property was recovered, 13 more firearms were recovered, 32 more search warrants were executed, and 25 more arrest warrants were obtained. The cases IST investigated involved several crime trends and violent offenses. To achieve their goal of keeping the streets safe, the detectives used various tactics and methods to apprehend the offenders. In one case, the team solved three armed street robberies that happened within a half hour of each other – one involving a shot being fired at a victim, one involving an armed assault, and one involving a kidnapping case in which the victim was struck by the suspect with a military-style rifle. Though the cases were complicated, IST’s esprit de corps brought a successful outcome to all three cases.
     
  • Valor – Officer Bishop A. Elder, Precinct 4 Pikesville and Officer Myles T. Hilliard, Precinct 9 White Marsh
    On July 22, 2018, Officers Elder and Hilliard responded to a disturbance at an apartment in Pikesville. A caller told them a family member was drunk and punching holes in the walls and he was also fighting with other family members. The officers went up the stairwell, Hilliard then Elder, and when they reached the second floor, the suspect opened the door and went after Hilliard. The suspect was armed with a large kitchen knife and did not respond to the officer’s commands to stop. When he pushed Hilliard in the chest, Hilliard took a step back, then Elder pushed the suspect against the wall.

This altercation continued as officers kept giving verbal commands and the suspect continued to resist arrest. The suspect also continued swinging the knife wildly in the air. Finally, officers contained the suspect and arrested him. No one was seriously injured except for the laceration on Elder’s arm. Their courage and bravery most probably saved the lives of family and others.

  • Valor – Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio, Precinct 8 Parkville
    Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio graduated from the police academy in 2014. Early on she was seen as a good officer and leadership material. While at Precinct 11 Essex, she was selected to be a Field Training Officer, making her responsible for the training and mentoring of new recruits. She transferred to the Parkville Precinct in 2017 with the determination to increase her knowledge of the communities within Baltimore County.

On May 21, 2018, Officer Caprio responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in a Perry Hall community within the precinct. Another call confirmed that a burglary was taking place and four unknown suspects associated with the stolen Jeep Wrangler were involved. Officer Caprio found the Jeep and followed it into the cul-de-sac. When she arrived, the Jeep was facing her. She exited her car with her weapon drawn, then ordered the suspect out of the Jeep. The suspect appeared to be exiting the vehicle per her orders. As she approached, the suspect jumped back into the vehicle and aimed the car at the officer. Officer Caprio fired one shot into the vehicle in an attempt to stop him. The driver accelerated toward the officer, fatally striking her.

Officer Caprio was killed in the line-of-duty. She was presented the Valor Award for her courage and selfless actions during this incident.

About the Police Foundation

The awards program began in 1980 as a way to recognize the Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the Department. The Baltimore County Police Foundation contributes resources, including seed money and in-kind services, for the development of new projects.

All members of the department, both professional staff and sworn, are eligible for nomination.

Foundation Receives Governor’s Crime Prevention Award

On December 13, 2018, the Baltimore County Police Foundation was presented the Governor’s Certificate of Merit for an Outstanding Crime Prevention Program. Representing the Foundation at this event was Director Jennifer Safir of LexisNexis. The Foundation was honored to assist the Baltimore County Police Department by providing a $12,000 grant to implement the Project Lifesaver Program in Baltimore County. 

Foundation Receives 2018 BGE Emergency Responder Safety Grant

The Baltimore County Police Foundation was the recipient of a $4,000 grant through BGE’s Emergency Responder Safety Grant Program.  This grant was used to implement the Baltimore County Police Department’s K-9 Search and Rescue Operation Enhancements with Thermal Imaging Project, providing thermal imaging capabilities to enhance search and rescue operations by the Department’s two Bloodhound Teams.  We appreciate BGE’s continued support of the Police Foundation and the Police Department. #BGEGRANTS

38th Annual Awards Dinner

The Foundation’s 38th Annual Awards Dinner was held on Monday, April 30, 2018 at The Valley Mansion by Martins. Twenty-three members of the Baltimore County Police Department were recognized for their contributions in the areas of Community Service, Crime Prevention, Distinguished Contribution to the Profession, Exceptional Individual & Group Performance, and Valor.

Click here to learn more about this year’s award recipients. Their stories are impressive!

We would like to thank this year’s sponsors whose contributions enable the Foundation to fulfill its mission to provide Guidance, Resources and Recognition to the members of the Baltimore County Police Department.

 

Award Recipients Featured on “Police Report”

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through May 31. This segment focuses on the members of the Baltimore County Police Department that were recognized at the Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards Dinner held in April. Award recipients were interviewed about their outstanding accomplishments.

Click here to view the program.

Foundation Receives BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grant

The Baltimore County Police Foundation was the recipient of a $3,000 grant through BGE’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant Program. Attending the ceremony on January 31, 2017 in Ellicott City, Maryland, were Foundation President Stephen Somers and Colonel Alexander Jones, Commander of the Police Department’s Operations Bureau. This grant will be used to purchase Emergency Personal Protective Equipment for use by the Police Department.  We appreciate BGE’s continued support of the Police Foundation and the Police Department. #BGEGRANTS

36th Annual Award Recipients – Hear their Stories!

 On April 25, 2016, the Baltimore County Police Foundation hosted its 36th Annual Awards Dinner & Program. This annual program recognizes the outstanding performance by members of the Baltimore County Police Department and strengthens the relationship between the Police Department and the business community. This year, the Foundation presented awards to 13 members of the Department.

We invite you to click here to listen to the impressive interviews with these amazing people. Additional information on our awards recipients can be found here.

 

Foundation Elects New Officers

Congratulations to our newly elected officers. These Officers, elected at the May business meeting, will serve a two-year term (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018).  The Board of Directors is comprised of locally-based, communty-focused leaders who recognize the vital contribution the Police Department makes to the well-being and quality of life enjoyed by individuals and businesses in the County.

Together, these dedicated Officers represent more than 37 years of combined service to the Baltimore County Police Foundation.   

 

Mission BBQ Does it Again!

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Mission BBQ presented the Baltimore County Police Foundation with a check in the amount of $4,733.50 as part of their annual 9/11 Giving Back Campaign. Shown in the photo, left to right, are Josh Mitchell, Operating Partner of  Mission BBQ Perry Hall, Foundation Director Sharon Akers, St. John Properties, Mission BBQ Perry Hall Teammate Amber Jenkins, and Colonel Joseph Burris, Baltimore County Police Foundation.

We are proud of our affiliation with Mission BBQ, and appreciate all of the many things they do, day in and day out, to support our first responders. Thank You!

 

35th Anniversary Tribute

35th LOGO_COLOROn Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Baltimore County Police Foundation celebrated the 35th anniversary of its Annual Awards Dinner & Program. This program was established in 1980 to recognize Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the Department and the business community. To date, the Foundation has presented 293 awards to members of the Police Department. 

We are very proud of what we have accomplished in our 36-year history as a Foundation. A special 35th Anniversary Tribute was prepared to commemorate this special anniversary. In the video, you will hear from a variety of people involved in our history – Chiefs of Police,  Foundation Presidents, and, most importantly, some of our past award recipients. Please take a moment to hear their stories. Click here to view the video.

Visit our “Annual Awards Program” tab to learn about this year’s award recipients and sponsors.

Foundation Welcomes New Member Companies

The Police Foundation is pleased to welcome three new member companies:

Motorola Solutions represented by Dee Freeman
Mission BBQ Perry Hall represented by Josh Mitchell
Dunbar Armored represented by Patrick Gibbons

We would also like to recognize CES Security for their support as a contributing member.

The support and participation of the local business community enables us to fulfill our mission to provide guidance, resources and recognition to the members of the Baltimore County Police Department.

Thank You, Mission BBQ!

 
 
On September 16, 2014, Foundation President Steve Somers and Chief James Johnson were presented with a check in the amount of $3,793.50 from Mission BBQ Perry Hall. This donation was the result of Mission BBQ’s 9-11 commemorative cup sales. We thank Mission BBQ for their continued support of the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department!
Show in the photo (left to right) Josh Mitchell, Steve Somers, Chief Johnson, Paul Sattler.

Foundation Receives Grant from BGE to Improve Communications for First Responders

Baltimore County first responders have received a financial boost from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company through a grant given to the Baltimore County Police Foundation.  Click here to learn more.

 

2014 Award Recipients Honored

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the Police Foundation presented awards to 31 deserving members of the Baltimore County Police Department. The Annual Awards Program was attended by over 280 department members, business and community leaders. Keynote speaker was Rod Rosenstein, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. Click here to read the interesting stories behind this year’s award recipients. We’d also like to recognize those companies who helped sponsor this dinner. It is through their continued support that the Foundation is able to provide valuable resources to the Baltimore County Police Department. 

Foundation Donates Electric Stand-up Patroller Vehicles to Police Department

At a press conference held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, the Baltimore County Police Foundation was recognized for its donation of three electric stand-up vehicles (ESV) that will be used primarily in the Towson entertainment area. The vehicles cost $39,000 and were purchased with funds raised through the Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner. Once this donation has been approved by the Baltimore County Council, the ESV’s will be deployed in downtown Towson, and be used at parades and other events throughout the county, as the need arises. 

T-3 Electric Stand-Up Vehicle

 

Foundation Vice President Wayne Ross & Officer Jason Sherfey