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Governor Hogan declares Christmas Eve state holiday

ANNAPOLIS, MD​—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday declared Thursday, December 24, 2020 a state holiday in observance of Christmas Eve. Maryland state government agencies and offices will be closed. In addition, the governor announced that the state’s revised revenue projections, while still far below pre-pandemic levels, will allow Maryland to honor contracts previously negotiated with state employee unions. “In a year …


Police/Fire, Politics

FOP President credits Councilman Marks for work on police legislation

PERRY HALL, MD—Dave Rose, President of the Baltimore County Fraternal Order Of Lodge #4, issued a statement on Friday thanking Councilman David Marks for his work on recently-passed legislation. “Councilman Marks was the deciding vote to block a bill that would have negatively impacted police,” Rose commented. “He then worked with our organization and all stakeholders on much better legislation. …


Baltimore County Council passes SMART Policing Act

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Council on Monday night passed the SMART Policing Act by a vote a 6 to 1. The Strengthening Modernization, Accountability, Reform, and Transparency (SMART) Policing Act is a comprehensive package of initiatives to improve and modernize policing in Baltimore County while strengthening community relations, according to County Executive Johnny Olszewski, who introduced the legislation in September. …

County Executive Olszewski, Councilman Jones announce SMART Policing Act to modernize policing in Baltimore County

UPDATE: The Baltimore County Council has passed the SMART Policing Act. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, County Councilman Julian Jones, and other members of the Baltimore County Council on Tuesday announced the Strengthening Modernization, Accountability, Reform, and Transparency (SMART) Policing Act, a comprehensive package of initiatives to improve and modernize policing in Baltimore County while …

Free Kona Ice event to be held at FOP Lodge in Carney tonight

CARNEY, MD—Summer may be almost over, but the fun continues for at least one more night. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4 in Carney will hold a free shaved ice event on Wednesday night, September 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. “Stop by to say ‘Hi’ and enjoy a Kona Ice treat before the end of summer,” reads the official …

Flags to fly at half-staff on Friday

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Flags will be flying at half-staff on Friday, May 15, 2020. The Office of the Maryland Secretary of State reports that President Donald Trump has ordered the United States Flag to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, on Friday in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag will be lowered …

Olszewski announces workgroup to examine equitable policing

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Friday issued an executive order announcing the formation of the Baltimore County Workgroup on Equitable Policing, which will examine policing policies and practices and make recommendations for ensuring equitable policing in Baltimore County. The Baltimore County Police Department collects and reports data related to traffic stops annually to the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center …

Department of Justice files employment discrimination lawsuit against Baltimore County Police Department

NOTTINGHAM, MD – The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it had filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) against Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD). The lawsuit alleges that, since January 1, 2013, BCoPD has engaged in unintended employment discrimination against African American applicants for …