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Governor Hogan announces historic agreements with state employee unions

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the state completed historic agreements with state employee unions that will lead to significant salary increases for law enforcement officers, firefighters, nurses, and other front line healthcare workers. The governor also announced an enhanced focus on mental health resources available to state employees. In addition to these tentative agreements, the administration has …


Police/Fire

Baltimore County Police Department seeking local residents to sit on disciplinary trial board

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Police Department is currently seeking County residents to sit on the department’s disciplinary trial board. Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police, members of the public may participate in the disciplinary process by serving on hearing boards. To participate, you must meet the …


U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday for National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

WASHINGTON, DC—All U.S. flags will be flown at half-staff on Saturday in recognition of the 40th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which will be held at the U.S. Capitol. No flag may fly higher than the American flag.  The annual event is being held as part of National Police Week. The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which is sponsored by …

County passes bill allowing police retirees to continue serving Baltimore County

NOTTINGHAM, MD— On Monday night, the Baltimore County Council passed legislation sponsored by Councilmen Tom Quirk (D-Catonsville) and David Marks (R-Perry Hall) that will allow for police retirees to be hired back by the county if they provide specialized knowledge that will benefit the county. Police retirees are one group that could be rehired by the county. The legislation was …

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 …

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 …