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.

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.


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

Police Foundation Featured on “Police Report”

During the month of May, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, “Police Report” will feature the Baltimore County Police Foundation.  Mr. Stephen Somers, President of the Baltimore County Police Foundation, appears in this segment and discusses the public-private partnership between the Police Foundation and the Police Department. He also talks about how the Police Foundation acknowledges some of the most dedicated police officers and other professionals at their annual awards dinner.   Click here  to view the interview on your computer, and be sure to read the narratives on each award recipient under the “Annual Awards Program” link on our webpage.

Foundation Supports Gun Lock Program

Chief Johnson, Stephen Somers, County Executive Kamenetz

 On October 12, 2012, Foundation President Stephen Somers  joined County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief James Johnson in announcing a new gun lock distribution program that will make it as easy as possible for gun owners to secure their firearms.

 Through this program, the County is making a basic but law enforcement-tested gun lock available – free of charge – at all 10 police precincts and the Public Safety Building in Towson. Gun owners who show proof that they are Baltimore County residents may receive up to three locks.  The Baltimore County Police Foundation provided a grant of $4,700 to purchase 2,000 gun locks for distribution through this program.

 Click here  to read Chief Johnson’s message on this program.

Foundation Contribution Highlights 2006-2011

The Foundation’s mission is to provide Guidance, Resources and Recognition to the members of the Baltimore County Police Department.  In 2006, the Foundation launched a campaign to obtain sponsors for the annual awards dinner to further assist its mission to provide Resources to the Police Department.  As a result, the Foundation has been able to boost its commitment to the Department, providing over $169,000 in grants and equipment over the past five years.  Here are a few highlights:

  • In 2006, for the first time in the Foundation’s history, a substantial purchase was made for the department — a $66,000 Leeds Firearms and Toolmarks Comparison Microscope.  This equipment is used by the Firearms Identification Unit to match bullets, cartridge casings, and toolmarks found at crime scenes.
  • In 2008, the Foundation was again able to make a significant donation to the department — a matching grant of over $43,000 for renovations to the Command & Control Center.  This Center is used to coordinate all police activity related to critical incidents occurring in Baltimore County.  It was upgraded with advanced technology in radio communications and computer and video capabilities.  Additional upgrades were identified, and in 2011, $13,000 was committed for the purchase of new chairs for theCommand & ControlCenter.
  • Grants totaling more than $30,000 have been provided for department members to attend training programs and conferences in areas such as: managing police discipline, domestic violence, sex crimes, asset forfeiture, tactical medical operator, EEOC, homicide investigations, forensic art, crime mapping, and grants management.
  • In-kind assistance from member companies has been provided for the color printing of the Department’s quarterly newsletter and management development training for supervisory personnel. 
  • The Foundation was also proud to host several Department events, including the Swearing-In Ceremony for Chief James W. Johnson in 2007, a Citizens Academy Alumni Reunion and Strategic Planning Seminar in 2010, and a Cyber Crimes Seminar in 2011.  Seed money was also provided to establish the Armiger Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to individuals seeking careers in the public safety field.