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.

Mission BBQ Bash a Success!

Randall Nicholas, Steve Newton, Chief Johnson, Bill Kraus

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, Chief James W. Johnson visited Mission BBQ in Nottingham, MD, to receive an $851.00 donation to the Baltimore County Police Foundation. Mission BBQ hosted a BBQ Bash & Fundraiser at their new location at 4132 East Joppa Road in Nottingham on November 15, 2012 with all proceeds from that evening benefiting the Baltimore County Police Foundation. Those who participated in the event enjoyed delicious food and outstanding service by the Mission BBQ team. We invite you to support Mission BBQ, a local business that supports America’s heroes!

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.