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Citizen’s Academy Program

The 34th Citizens’ Academy Program has been scheduled for the Spring of 2015. The program consist of 16 sessions which includes 15 consecutive weekly evening classes (6:30- 9:30PM) and one Saturday class (9:00 AM- 3:00PM). The following dates and days of the week have been selected for the 34th Citizens’ Academy.

March 3, 2015 through June 9, 2015- Tuesday evenings

Saturday date is pending at this time.

The majority of the classroom sessions will be held at the Public Safety Building. Nomination forms will be accepted through February 10, 2015.Class size will be limited to a maximum of 50 attendees.

Information and application for electronic submission is located on the internet through the Baltimore County Government website at : www.baltimorecountymd.gov/agencies/police/community/citizensacademy.html

Attached is a copy of the Citizens’ Academy Flier and nomination form. Please recommend this program to citizens and/ or employees you feel may benefit from the training and experience.

Nomination Form and Flier

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Officer Erika S. Dingle #5308
Youth and Community Resources Team
700 E. Joppa Rd
Towson, MD 21286
410-887-5901 (office)
410-887-8599 (direct line)
edingle@baltimorecountymd.gov


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Thefts From Auto Update

Once again I am getting the word out to all Communities in Towson to spread the word amongst the residents to lock up their vehicles when parked and secure all valuables please. Many of our communities, especially those along the County/City Line and in the York Rd and Loch Raven Blvd corridors are still experiencing a rash of thefts from vehicles. Our Officers are aggressively patrolling our neighborhoods, investigating these incidents and making arrests, recovering property.  In the past couple weeks we have made two arrests of two suspects, four people in all. Interviewing these Suspects they’re telling us they are breaking in to unlocked, unsecured vehicles and taking out those items of value readily available–GPS, cellphones, Ipods, Tablets, etc.
I know some folks are reporting forcible entry into their cars, some are talking of electronic devices capable of decoding electronic door locks and/or alarms but through our investigations we are not validating any of these statements. We do get the occasional broken window, flexed door but mostly still it is vehicles left unsecured, unlocked with valuables in plain view inside. We’ve not recovered any type of electronic device from any Suspect Arrested when searched incident to that Arrest. Our Detectives have no knowledge of these “electronic devices” being used. Almost every vehicle made today has some form of electronic entry thus using a “slim jim” (a thin straight metal bar) is an outdated, ineffective tool to open a car door–which is why our Officers no longer carry “slim jims” in our cars.
So please once again spread the word to your neighbors, friends, families to remove or secure all valuables within their vehicles and properly close, lock all vehicle windows and doors. Should anyone see anyone acting suspicious or secretive in their neighborhood please call 9-1-1 immediately so that our Officers can respond out and identify the person/s in question. Talking amongst yourselves about suspicious activity/persons is fine but if nobody is calling us when these people/activities are happening it is hard for us to identify those people and figure out if they’re connected with a later criminal act.
With the Holiday shopping season fast approaching this friendly reminder is timely too!
Thank You for continued cooperation and support!
Sgt Stephen Fink, 2815  PC06 COT 


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Citizen Mischief Prevention Patrols to Monitor Towson Streets Tomorrow

Tomorrow evening, “Mischief Night,” Towson Area Citizens on Patrol
will be out in force, patrolling Towson streets to deter Halloween pranksters
and troublemakers on the eve of Halloween. Working in partnership with the
Baltimore County Police, COP Mischief Prevention Patrols will discourage
mischievous acts like egg throwing and wrapping trees, porches and cars with rolls
of toilet paper in downtown Towson and its 25 surrounding neighborhoods.
While most pranks are not crimes, tossing raw eggs at cars damages the car’s
paint if it is not washed off immediately and raw egg fights leave a mess which
residents and businesses have to clean up. In the last 14 years, COP volunteers
have established a visible presence in Towson on Mischief Night and serve as a
deterrent to pranks and delinquent activity.

TACOP’s Mischief Night, which is open to the public, starts at 6 PM
on October 30 at the Baltimore County Police Hillendale Resource Center
located at 1055 Taylor Avenue. Attendees are asked to bring hats, gloves and
scarves to donate to the Shelters and Family Crisis Center. After the COP
volunteers network, compare notes on their neighborhoods patrols and enjoy
light refreshments, the Mischief Prevention patrol schedule is reviewed. Patrols
commence at 7 PM and run through midnight.
Most COP volunteer drivers will have magnetized signs on their cars identifying them as COP patrollers and a blinking light on the car’s roof, although others will be unmarked as they patrol. Patrollers carry their cell phones and call 911 if they see suspect activity.

For more information refer to http://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.
TACOP Contacts:
Mike Calwell, President mikecalwell@gmail.com (443) 829-5276
Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com 410-828-5564
Janice Arcieri, Secretary janjoeka@comcast.net 443-465-0150
Janet Eveleth, PR/Media janeveleth@verizon.net 410-821-1008
Barbara Lewis, Website Coord blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266


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TACOP to Step Up Patrols on Mischief Night

TACOP will be stepping up patrols of Towson streets on October 30, “Mischief Night,” to deter Halloween pranksters and troublemakers on the eve of Halloween. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, COP Mischief Prevention Patrols will be out in force that evening to discourage mischievous acts like egg throwing and wrapping trees and porches with rolls of toilet paper in downtown Towson and its 25 surrounding neighborhoods.

For 14 years, TACOP’s (Towson Area Citizens on Patrol) volunteer car patrols, walkers, joggers, bikers and dog walkers have established a visible presence in Towson on Mischief Night and serve as a major deterrent to pranks and delinquent activity. While most pranks are not crimes, tossing raw eggs at cars damages the car’s paint if it is not washed off immediately and raw egg fights leave a mess which residents and businesses have to clean up. Since the inception of TACOP’s Mischief Night patrols, the number of incidents has declined.

TACOP’s Mischief Night, which is open to the public, starts at 6 PM on October 30 at the Baltimore County Police Hillendale Resource Center located at 1055 Taylor Avenue. Attendees are asked to bring hats, gloves and scarves to donate to the Shelters and Family Crisis Center. After the COP volunteers network, compare notes on their neighborhood patrols and enjoy light refreshments, the Mischief Prevention patrol schedule will be finalized. Patrols commence at 7 PM and run through midnight.

Most COP volunteer drivers will have magnetized signs on their cars identifying them as COP patrollers and a blinking light on the car’s roof, although others will be unmarked as they patrol. Patrollers carry their cell phones and call 911 if they see suspect activity.

TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.

For more information refer to http://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.

TACOP Contacts:    

  Mike Calwell, President mikecalwell@gmail.com (443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com 410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary janjoeka@comcast.net 443-465-0150

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media janeveleth@verizon.net 410-821-1008

Barbara Lewis, Website Coord blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266

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