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.

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.

Your Contributions at Work

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 $512,000 in grants and equipment over the past 15 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 the Command & Control Center.

In 2013, the Foundation committed over $39,000 to purchase three T-3 Electric Patroller Vehicles to be used in the Towson Entertainment District. 

In 2014, the Foundation supported the renovation of the fitness room at the Essex Precinct ($10,000).

In 2016, the Project Lifesaver program was initiated in Baltimore County through a $15,000 grant from the Foundation. 

A significant amount of funding is committed to providing grants for department members to attend leadership development  and critical training programs which cannot be funded through the normal budget process.