Fallen Hero Anniversary Date: Officer Jason Schneider

This is a reminder of the Anniversary date of the line of duty death of Officer Jason Schneider, on August 28, 2013.

Officer Schneider was fatally wounded On August 28, 2013 while serving a high risk search warrant with his tactical unit in Precinct 1/Wilkens, for a suspect wanted in a shooting.  While making entry he was fatally wounded by one of the suspects.  Before succumbing to his wounds he, along with another team member, returned fire killing the suspect.

Under departmental regulations, memorial ribbon bars will be worn on the uniform, above all other ribbons above the badge, or mourning bands will be worn on the badge on the anniversary dates of Baltimore County Police Officers killed in the line of duty.

Fallen Hero Anniversary Date: Corporal Samuel Snyder

This is a reminder of the anniversary date of the line-of-duty-death of Samuel Snyder on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

In August of 1983, Corporal Samuel Snyder, a thirty-year veteran of the department, was shot by a deranged subject while responding to a call for assistance from fellow officers in Towson. Corporal Snyder died on August 23, 1983 as a result of his wounds.

Under Departmental regulations Memorial Ribbon Bars may be worn on the uniform, above all other ribbons above the badge, on the anniversary dates of Baltimore County police officers killed-in-the-line-of-duty.

Members are encouraged to honor and remember Samuel Snyder by wearing their Memorial Ribbon Bars on August 23rd of each year.

 

Deferred Compensation Plan One-Time Bonus Deferral

Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 has been working with representatives from Nationwide for members to defer a percentage of the one-time bonus that county employees will receive in November 2014.  As a result, a plan was developed to allow members to defer a portion of their bonus and avoid the heavy tax that is levied on bonuses.  Now, any bonus amount deposited into your account will not be taxed until you withdraw it.  Then, any withdraws will be taxed as ordinary income.

If you have not received a communication from Nationwide and wish to participate, please use the attachment or contact a Nationwide representative.  All forms must be returned by September 26.

Plan deferral information

Fallen Hero Anniversary Date: Lt. Michael Howe

This is a reminder of the anniversary date of the line-of-duty death of Lt. Michael Howe on August 11, 2008.

On the morning of August 10, 2008, Lieutenant Michael Howe was with his tactical unit at the scene of a murder-suicide in Precinct 4/Pikesville. When he returned home after the incident, he suffered a massive stroke and was taken to the hospital. He died on August 11, 2008.

Under departmental regulations memorial ribbon bars WILL be worn on the uniform, above all other ribbons above the badge, or mourning bands will be worn on the badge on the anniversary dates of Baltimore county police officers killed in the line-of-duty.

Memorial ribbon bars or mourning bands will be worn on 8/11/14 to honor and remember Lt. Howe.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Camden Yards

Hello Baseball Fans,

Join the Baltimore Orioles at the Camden Yards as they face off against the Minnesota Twins during their first Memorial Fund Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on Saturday, August 30! Come out for an incredible night of Major League Baseball while honoring the service, sacrifice and memory of all Baltimore area First Responders!

Saturday, August 30, 2014
7:05 PM
Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Purchase tickets HERE

$5 from each ticket sold will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in honor of our local first responders.

Lower Box Level Seating in Sections 62 – 64 are available for $30 (plus convenience fee) during this special event.

All city, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel, sworn and non-sworn employees, family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues are welcome to come out and enjoy these special pricing incentives as the Orioles honor our local heroes!

Questions? For any questions or accessible seating, please call 888.848.BIRD (2473) and ask for the Ticket Services team.

Download the flyer for this event.

Visit the website

2014 Ride and Run to Remember

Please spread the word for anyone who would like to take part in this RIDE AND RUN TO REMEMBER in October.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s upcoming Ride and Run to Remember  will be held on October 10th-12th in Washington, DC. On Saturday, October 11th we will be having a run or walk at The National Law Memorial and a 30 or 55-mile bike ride on Sunday, October 12th in Oxon Hill, MD.  This year we’re excited to announce a Valor Training that will be held on Friday, October 10th. This is a free officer safety training program for active law enforcement officers. For more information about the events or to register visit: www.rideandruntoremember.org .

We were hoping you would help spread the word about the Ride and Run to Remember. Any assistance with this effort would be greatly appreciated. I have also attached two flyers for posting or e-distribution. If you need other materials, such as text for e-mails/social media posts, brochures or giveaways, please don’t hesitate to ask.

See attached flyers as well.  Ride to Remember (ride)  (run)

 

Thanks again,
Kaitlin Gilbride
Special Events and Communications Manager
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
P: 202-737-8528 | F: 202-737-3405

 

 

Disruptive democracy in Towson [Editorial]

Our view: When a little bit of passion at a public meeting elicits a visit from the cops, it’s a sign that Baltimore County government is too complacent

We take the Baltimore County Police Department at its word that its officers were just trying to give some helpful tips to a pair of Dundalk activists about the rules of decorum at County Council work sessions and not trying to intimidate them into silence about their opposition to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s proposed redevelopment of a government building in the community. Even if the meeting earlier this month between three officers and a pair of community activists really was intended as a “polite and friendly way to discuss concerns about protocols,” as the police department’s spokeswoman put it, the whole business still stinks, which Chief Jim Johnson correctly concluded after reviewing the incident. His spokeswoman said today that he has talked with the officers involved and that this kind of thing won’t happen again.

Nonetheless, it’s a little disturbing that Baltimore County hadn’t already gotten the memo about free speech after the arrest last year of a man who spoke up forcefully in opposition to the Common Core at a public meeting in Towson. On the one hand, this latest incident is better — nobody go arrested. On the other hand, it’s worse; at the education town hall, one officer overreacted in the heat of the moment, while this time three officers still thought it was a good idea to intervene nearly a week after the fact. But the fault here lies not so much in a police department that has on a pair of occasions displayed a particularly low tolerance for free speech but in a county government as a whole that too often seems to view public input as a bothersome impediment to efficient operation.

The back story is that in December of 2012, Mr. Kamenetz proposed selling three government buildings to private developers with the proceeds dedicated to upgrading the three facilities in question and to providing air conditioning and better technology to schools in the communities where they were located. Among them was the North Point Government Center in Dundalk, which is home to assorted athletic, arts and community events. Last October, the county selected a developer for the Dundalk site who plans to build shops on 15 of the site’s 27 acres, to preserve and upgrade the sports fields and to construct a new recreation center with a theater.

Members of a new group called Dundalk United complained about the county’s lack of transparency in concocting the plan and picking the winning bidder — even the identities of those on the evaluation committee were secret — and they have continued to oppose the redevelopment plan.

At the County Council’s July 1 work session, one of the items on the agenda was a resolution to allow the North Point project to proceed as a planned unit development, which means it could be exempt from certain zoning rules on the condition that it provides a community benefit. In two police reports filed a week later, the officers assigned to provide security at the work session described assorted “disruptive behavior” at the meeting. It seems that some of the Dundalk activists in attendance were unhappy to only be allotted three minutes to speak (per regular procedure, which was announced at the start of the meeting), and some kept talking after their time was up. Some grew “agitated” when they learned that they could not speak unless they had signed up before the meeting. (Again, standard council procedure.) Some applauded fellow opponents’ comments or chimed in with their own from the work session room’s small gallery. One man video-recorded portions of the meeting on his cellphone and tried to present the council members with a petition. Nowhere do the officers describe anything that could be construed as a threat to the safety of the council members, staff or fellow attendees at the meeting.

Yet the events were deemed sufficiently serious that an officer called two of the attendees at the work session and asked them to a meeting at a local library, which the activists interpreted as a clear attempt by the Kamenetz administration to silence them. The police spokeswoman says that isn’t true and that the officers’ intentions were benign, but Chief Johnson, upon reviewing the incident, agreed that the meeting was neither beneficial nor necessary and could have been misconstrued.

Perhaps the speakers that day were loud and rude in expressing their opinions, and maybe they did, for a few moments, disrupt the efficient handling of all the other items on the agenda. But this meeting was the only opportunity for those concerned about the North Point proposal to address the entire council and to convey not just their views but also their passion. It’s sad that anyone was shocked to see the council members confronted by people who actually care about the items they vote on, rapid-fire, every other Monday night.

As one of the officers put it in her report, “most work sessions are conducted without incident” — we would add, to a fault. Everything you need to know about the County Council’s eagerness for public input is answered by the fact that it holds its work sessions at 2 o’clock on Tuesday afternoons. Maybe a few more incidents like this wouldn’t be so bad if they reminded the county government that the people deserve a say in the conducting of the people’s business.

In the end, the protesters didn’t disrupt anything. On the very day of the meeting between the police and the activists, the council took up the matter of the North Point PUD at its legislative session. Councilman John A. Olszewski Sr., who represents Dundalk, introduced two amendments to tweak the proposed community benefits the developer would provide. According to the minutes of the meeting, there was no further discussion of the matter, and both the amendments and the resolution itself were approved unanimously.
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Fallen Hero Anniversary Date: Charles A. Huckeba

This is a reminder of the anniversary date of the line-of-duty-death of Charles A. Huckeba on Saturday, July 6, 2014.

Officer Charles Huckeba was gunned down on July 6, 1977 in the Precinct1/Wilkens area while police were attempting to talk an armed, drug abusing man who was barricaded in his family’s home into surrendering.

Under Departmental regulations Memorial Ribbon Bars may be worn on the uniform, above all other ribbons above the badge, on the anniversary dates of Baltimore County police officers killed-in-the-line-of-duty.

Members are encouraged to honor and remember Charles A. Huckeba by wearing their Memorial Ribbon Bars on July 6th of each year.

 

Baltimore County Continues to Violate Employee Rights Under the ADA Despite Federal Consent Decree

The Court of Special Appeals, in an unreported decision, has has upheld a Baltimore County Circuit Court decision that found Baltimore County once again violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it mined an employees medical history illegally.  In the ruling the Court stated (page #4) “the release was required as part of the process required by the County for employees to obtain retirement benefits. The County cannot now use the release it required Mr. Dawson to sign to justify its own violation of federal Law.”

A few years ago, Baltimore County entered into a Consent Decree with the Department of Justice when it was alleged to have committed several similar violations of Federal ADA law.  In that agreement, the County agreed to discontinue these practices, as well as several other stipulations requested by the Department of Justice, to protect employees from these violations of employee rights.

All employees are urged to use caution when replying to inquiries made by Baltimore County about their personal medical history or signing any medical release.

 

Show Cause Hearing For Kamenetz Cancelled After County Complies With Court Order

On May 30, 2014 Baltimore County filed a Certificate of Compliance with the relevant order issued by Judge Finifter.

The County then notified the Court that, as of May 30, 2014, the health care subsidy rates for the FOP retirees were reset for each affected retiree to those rates in place at the time of his or her retirement. *This will appear in the June 2014 retirement payment.

Baltimore County then issued a check in the amount of One Million Six Hundred Ninety-Six Thousand Four Hundred Three Dollars and Ninety-Eight Cents ($1,696,403.98) made payable to the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 4. *This check was received and deposited in a separate bank account, solely established for the purpose of holding these funds until the time they are disbursed to the retirees.

In reviewing the calculations for the payment to ensure that the County has paid everything that is required.  The FOP discovered that a few months of overcharges may not have been included in the original payment. This was communicated to the County and resulted in an additional $84,866.00 owed to our retirees.  We received the additional payment on June 5, 2014. In addition we discovered that there was also an error in the calculation of interest.  This was also communicated to the County and resulted in another additional payment $20,209.56. We received the additional payment on June 10, 2014. This brings the total amount to $1,801,479.54.  All funds were deposited in the account as stated above.

On June 13, 2014 after receiving confirmation from Lodge #4 that the County has complied with the Order Judge Finifter dismissed the Order for the County representative to appear.   Judge Finifter’s Order

While the County has made the payment, the County has not dropped its appeals of the Court’s orders requiring them to reset the subsidy rates and pay damages.  Accordingly, those two orders are still subject to review by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and potentially the Maryland Court of Appeals.  Because it remains possible that the County may prevail in these appeals, the FOP is not able to distribute the reimbursement for over charged health care subsidies until the appeals have been exhausted or withdrawn.

The FOP does not think these appeals have merit and that the November 19, 2012 decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals should have signified an end to this case.  We will continue to communicate that to the Executive and other elected officials in an attempt to stop this waste of tax payer dollars and bring this case to an end.

 

FOP Lodge #4 Endorsements for the 2014 Primary Election

The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 has made endorsements in the 2014 Primary Election.  We encourage you to vote for these candidates and to encourage your friends and family to vote also.

The endorsement that is being displayed on the County Executive Website is from the 2010 General Election.  The FOP did not endorse Kevin Kamenetz originally in the 2010 Primary Election.  The FOP originally endorsed Joe Bartenfelder for County Executive.

The FOP has communicated to the Kamenetz campaign and requested that they remove the 2010 posting because it is confusing to the public and the FOP has in no way endorsed Kevin Kamenetz in the 2014 election.

Endorsements