Funeral Services for Police Officer First Class Amy Sorrells Caprio

It is with great sadness the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 mourns the loss of Pfc. Amy Caprio. Please continue to take care of one another, and keep Officer Caprio’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Viewing:
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Schimunek Funeral Home 9705 Belair Road, Nottingham, Md. 21236
2pm -5pm and 7pm to 9pm
Obituary

Funeral Service:
Friday, May 25, 2018
Mountain Christian Church, New Life Center, 1802 Mountain Rd, Joppa, MD 21085 at 10am

Immediately following the service, the procession will proceed to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Fallen Heroes Section 200 E. Padonia Road Timonium, MD 21093

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Death Notification: Police Officer First Class Amy Caprio

Police Officer Amy Caprio | Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Amy Caprio was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a juvenile burglary suspect in front of 7 Linwen Way in the Perry Hall area of Baltimore County.

She had responded to calls about a burglary in progress in the neighborhood at approximately 2:00 pm and was given a description of a black Jeep Wrangler. As she arrived in the area she located the vehicle and followed it to the dead-end of the cul-de-sac where she challenged the driver to exit the vehicle. The juvenile driver opened the door and then accelerated towards Officer Caprio, fatally striking her.

A volunteer firefighter who lived nearby immediately performed CPR until Officer Caprio was transported to Franklin Square Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The vehicle’s driver abandoned the vehicle nearby and was taken into custody a short time later and charged as an adult with first-degree murder. The three other juveniles involved in the burglary were also apprehended.

FOP Lodge #4 Wins the Petition to Confirm and Enforce the Arbitration Award in Section 6.1c Grievance

The FOP’s Petition to Confirm and Enforce the arbitration award in Baltimore County Circuit Court for the Section 6.1c grievance was heard on May 2, 2018 by  Judge Souder.

On May 2, 2018 she issued an order confirming the arbitration award.

The County has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Special Appeals.

Judge Souder’s Court Order

Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 Endorses Vicki Almond for Baltimore County Executive

The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 is proud to announce the unanimous endorsement of County Councilwoman Vicki Almond for Baltimore County Executive.

Vicki Almond separated herself from the field of candidates with her proven track record of accomplished personal commitment to keeping our communities safe by working with law enforcement officers. Without serving as a police officer, there is no better way to understand the profession than serving in a leadership role of a Police Community Relations Council, which she did for many years.

Vicki Almond was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore County School Resources Officer Program which has grown to serve all Baltimore County Middle and High Schools, and is viewed as a model program to the nation.  This not only keeps our youths safe and provides for a quality learning environment, but also serves to foster relationships between the students and the police; a value that cannot be understated.

As a County Councilwoman, Vicki  has intimate knowledge of the inner working of county government and has not been shy of making difficult decisions. She know what she wants and will foster open, transparent leadership. Her administration will work with stakeholders to continue to make Baltimore County a safe place to live, raise a family, work and enjoy recreation.

Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 represents over 3,100 members who are either active, or retired Baltimore County Police Officers.

Almond Endorsement

 

University Police Officer II

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) University Police Department has an opening for a University Police Officer II.  Specific duties include:  enforce local, state, and federal laws; patrol academic and residential areas on foot, bicycle, and Segway; provide safety escorts; prepare reports and conduct investigations; traffic enforcement; testify in court and; perform other duties as assigned. The ability to work overtime and shift work is required.

This position requires a High School Diploma or equivalent (some college preferred). Successful completion of a MPTC Minimum Standard Entrance Level Police Course, current police commission as a Maryland police officer and valid Maryland Non-commercial Class C or equivalent driver’s license are required. NOTE:  This position requires a background check. 

Pay Range 12 (starting at $43,685) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program.  This is a full-time position and includes full university benefits.

Apply by May 4, 2018 at:

http://listings.umbc.edu/cw/en-us/job/492656?lApplicationSubSourceID=11289

Read Arbitrator Jaffe’s Arbitration award for the FY19 Memorandum of Understanding

Interest arbitration award

Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4’s Final Proposal Adopted by Arbitrator

On March 16, 2018 the Baltimore County Administration and FOP Lodge #4 participated in an interest arbitration hearing for the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 Memorandum of Understanding. On March 31, 2018 Arbitrator Jaffe issued an award in favor of the last, best and final offer of the FOP. Those items are listed below.

FOP LODGE #4 FY 19 LAST, BEST AND FINAL OFFER 

Section 6.1 Wages
(A) Effective January 1, 2019, the pay schedule IV salary scale shall be increased by three (3%) percent.

(B) Steps and longevities shall be guaranteed for fiscal year 2019.

(C) For fiscal year 2019 if any other bargaining unit represented by a union receives a mutually agreed upon wage increase or any other form of compensation/fringe benefit, including but not limited to premium pay, allowances, special duty pay, reclassifications, pension and insurance, members of the bargaining unit shall receive the same amount of increase on the same effective If such other bargaining units receive different increases in wages or other forms of compensation/fringe benefits, the members of the Fraternal Order of Police bargaining unit shall receive the amount of increase which is the highest for each category of wages and compensation/fringe benefit, provided on the earliest effective date agreed by the County for each such improvement.

Section 6.8: Shift Differential
(A) All employees who are scheduled to work shifts 3 & 4 shall receive a shift differential of 3.15% of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift. Effective January 1, 2019, all employees who are scheduled to work shifts 3 & 4 shall receive a shift differential of 3.5% of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift.

(B) All employees who are scheduled to work shift 1 shall receive a shift differential of 4.0 of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift. Effective January 1, 2019, all employees who are scheduled to work shift 1 shall receive a shift differential of 4.5% of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift.

(C) Overtime shall be based on the hourly rate for the shift worked previously to the overtime.

Section 6.11:  Holiday Pay
(A)
Employees working on the following holidays receive one and one-half times their regular rate: New Year’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day and Columbus Day. Payment shall be on the basis of the majority of the shift hours falling within the holiday hours.

(B) Employees who are directed by management not to report to work on Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day and Columbus Day shall be granted leave for that day, without a change to their leave schedules.

(C) Employees who were scheduled not to report to work, as directed in paragraph (B) of this section and called in to work under Section 6.4 will still be granted leave (marked “P”) that entire day without a change to their leave balances. Additionally, those members shall be paid at time and one half their hourly-rates for a minimum of four (4) hours or the actual number of hours worked, whichever is greater.  

Section 6.12 Field Training Officers Effective July 1, 2009, the differential shall be two dollars and fifty cents per hour. Effective January 1, 2019, the shift differential shall be five dollars per ($5.00) hour.

Section 10.7: Pension Modifications
(f) Effective January 1, 2019 all pay schedule IV employees hired prior to July 1, 2014 will contribute 9.50% of their salary toward their pension.

Section 17.1: Furloughs and Layoffs– Bargaining unit members shall not be furloughed or laid off (i.e., “riffed”) in fiscal year 2019

ARTICLE 18: DURATION AND SCOPE OF MEMORANDUM

Section 18.3: Duration
This Memorandum of Understanding shall become effective July 1, 2018 and shall continue in full force and effect until June 30, 2019. This Memorandum of Understanding shall be automatically renewed from year to year after June 30, 2019 unless:

(A) Either party shall notify the other in writing no later than October 15, 2018 (or October 15thof any subsequent year thereafter in case of an automatic renewal) that it desires to terminate, modify or amend this Memorandum of Understanding, or

(B) The County Council fails to approve the necessary appropriations to support the fiscal obligations of the County under this Memorandum of Understanding for any year covered by this Memorandum of

 

Employment Opportunity

My name is Lee Lachman, I’m a retired Deputy Chief of Police and now a Group Supervisor for Facilities Security at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. We are adding a new position to our Department and would like to advertise it to local active and retired police officers. We are taking over the responsibility for providing protective/driving services for the APL Director and pairing that with a need for an investigator and training coordinator for the Security Force. It’s a pretty unique opportunity. I’m including a link for the job posting and the online application process. Anyone interested who has questions is free to call me at 240-592-0973. Any assistance you can offer with posting this or emailing it to your email group would be greatly appreciated.

https://tas-jhuapl.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=16910&tz=GMT-05%3A00

Sincerely,

 

Lee C. Lachman

Group Supervisor for Facilities Security

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

11100 Johns Hopkins Road

Laurel, Maryland 20723

 

240-592-0973 (Office)

A Snapshot of Policing in Baltimore County 2013-2017

Law enforcement officers across the country have faced intense public scrutiny about officer conduct and the use of force by officers on the citizens they serve.  National and local events have gained widespread attention on both traditional and social media creating a perception that police misconduct is a common occurrence and is often ignored or denied by those in the law enforcement profession.  Over the past five years, the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 has gathered information from statistics readily available to the public that dispel that perception yet garner little or no attention. As you can see from the statistics below, the members of the Baltimore County Police Department are professional and provide a great service to the citizens of Baltimore County.

 

Year County Population Calls for Service Assaults on Officers Arrests Uses of Force Citizen Complaints
2013 817,455 580,416   692 27,982   318 124
2014 824,000 572,289   659 26,989   305   89
2015 824,000 582,894   660 25,651   300   85
2016 826,000 606,851   609 24,534   252   71
2017 831,000 709,627   581 23,584   208   52
3,052,078 3,201 128,740 1,383 421

 

County Population
The county population has steadily grown since 2013. Demographics available on the county website showed that in 2010 the population was 64% white, 26% African American, 4% Hispanic, 6% other.

Calls for Service
The number of calls for service shown includes all calls to 911, non-emergency calls and traffic stops. This does not take into account the numerous undocumented interactions with citizens that officers have every day.

Calls for service for 2013 – 2017 was 3,052,077. The 5-year time period shows a steady increase. The average number of calls for service was 610,415.

Arrests
In Baltimore County between 2013 and 2017 there were a total of 128,740 arrests made.  That equates to an average of 25,748 arrests per year in a county where the population has grown to 831,000.  The number of arrests has consistently trended downward since 2013 (15.7%) while the population has steadily grown. In 2013 Baltimore County officers arrested someone on every 20.75 call for service. In 2017 officers arrested someone on every 30.0 calls for service.

Uses of Force by Officers
In the Baltimore County Police Department, a “use of force” report must be completed when an officer uses any execution of a physical act to control a person, overcome resistance, and/or defend oneself or another.  The force may entail the use of body parts, issued departmental equipment, or an instrument of necessity.

In the five years indicated above, Baltimore County officers used force (excluding firearms) a total of 1,383 times.  From 2013-2017 there has been a 34% decrease in uses of force by officers.  Additionally, the statistics show that force was only used in 1 out of 2,206 calls for service or  00.0453% of all calls for service and 1.07% in all arrests.

Internal Affairs statistics show that officers were involved in combat shootings 30 times during the same time period averaging about 6 per year.  This equates to the use of a firearm in 00.00098% of all calls for service and in 00.023% of all arrests.

Assaults on Officers
During the 5-year time period officers reported being assaulted 3,201 times averaging 640.2 assaults per year. (There has been 1 line of duty death) While assaults on officers have been trending downward (16%), the numbers show that officers in Baltimore County are 2.3 times more likely to be assaulted by a citizen than use force against a citizen. (Note: Use of force by officers is down 34% during the same time period)

Citizen Complaints
According to the Internal Affairs Section in the Baltimore County Police Department there were 421 complaints from citizens about officer misconduct, including uses of force.  That equates to an average of 84 per year and has also been steadily trending downward (58%). Over the entire time period there was an average of 1 citizen complaint for every 7,249 calls for service. The best year was 2017 with 1 citizen complaint for every 13,646 calls for service.

Administrative Complaints
An Administrative complaint is defined as a complaint filed by members internally within the police department.  According to the Internal Affairs Section in the Baltimore County Police Department there were 427 complaints initiated from within the department from 2013-2017.  That equates to an average of 85 per year and 50% of all Internal Affairs investigations. There were actually 6 more complaints generated from within the police department than from citizens

Closing
There is a very select group of citizens in a part of Maryland that has a mistrust of their police department and that is unfortunate.  That is certainly not the case in Baltimore County.  We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the community we serve.

 

President Weston testifies against HB453 in front of House Judiciary Committee

Please look at the testimony by President Weston at the House Judiciary Committee on HB453 requiring officers working uniformed secondary employment to wear body cameras. The bill is cross filed with SB209.

The House bill is sponsored by Del. West and the Senate bill is being sponsored by Senator Brochin.

President Weston testifies at 31:31 into the video after Del. West and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Shellenberger who are at the beginning of the video.

The Maryland State FOP and Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 are  opposing both of these bills for the reasons put forth by President Weston.

Video

 

University of Baltimore Police Officer II

The University of Baltimore is recruiting for a University Police Officer II ((Lateral Only – MPSTC Certified).  Please share our attached vacancy announcement.  It can also be viewed at http://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/offices-and-services/human-resources/jobs-at-ub.cfm?&posting=1279.

Thank You,

Patrice Mason

Recruitment Leader, Human Resources, University of Baltimore      410.837.5498      mail:  1420 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD   21201    office location:  1030 North Charles Street, 3rd Floor

Pension Subtraction Modification for Retired Public Safety

In 2017 Governor Hogan signed the bill passed by the state legislature to provide for a $15,000.00 Pension Subtraction Modification for Retired Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue or Emergency Services Personnel starting at age 55. Information can be located in the 2017 Maryland State and Local Tax Forms Instructions booklet published by the Comptroller of Maryland, specifically, instruction #13, Subtraction from Income, section rr, pages 9 and 10.

PENSION EXCLUSION FOR RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR FIRE, RESCUE, OR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL. Note: An individual taxpayer may not claim BOTH the standard Pension Exclusion and the Pension Exclusion for Retired Law Enforcement Officer or Fire, Rescue, or Emergency Services Personnel. If you are 65 or older on the last day of the calendar year, you are totally disabled, or your spouse is totally disabled, and you have received qualified pension income, you should complete the Pension Exclusion Computation Worksheet (13A) regardless of your prior work history. It is permissible for one spouse to claim the standard Pension Exclusion and the other spouse to claim the Pension Exclusion for Retired Law Enforcement Officer or Fire, Rescue, or Emergency Services Personnel if each spouse meets the applicable required criteria. If you meet the below criteria, use the Pension Exclusion Worksheet (13E) to calculate your eligible pension exclusion:

  1. You were 55 or over on the last day of the tax year, AND b. You were not 65 or older, or totally disabled, or have a spouse who is totally disabled, AND c. You included on your federal return taxable income received as a pension, annuity or endowment from an “employee retirement system” qualified under Section 401(a), 403 or 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, AND d. The retirement income is attributable to your service as a law enforcement officer or fire, rescue, or emergency services personnel of the United States, the State of Maryland, or a political subdivision of Maryland. Each spouse who meets the above requirements may be entitled to the exclusion. If each spouse is eligible, complete a separate column on the RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR FIRE, RESCUE, OR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL PENSION EXCLUSION COMPUTATION WORKSHEET (13E). Combine your allowable exclusions from line 8 of the worksheet and enter the total amount on line rr, Form 502SU.

Each member is encouraged to consult with their individual tax preparer to determine how these provisions apply.

2017 FOP Lodge #4 Election Results

The following is the results of the 2017 FOP Lodge #4 election. A total of 1292 ballots were returned. Five (5) ballots were invalid for too many selections (more than 5 board members selected) for a total of 1287.
The term for President and the Executive Board of Directors begins in December 2017 and expires in December 2019.

Congratulation to the winners and all those who participated and voted this year.

President:
Cole Weston – 959
Doug Jess – 301

1st VP – Steven Comegna – (unopposed)
2nd VP – David Rose – (unopposed)
Treasurer – Bob Caskey – (unopposed)
Secretary- Donna Patterson – (unopposed)
State Trustee – Don Patterson – (unopposed)
Chaplain – Tony DiCara – (unopposed)
Sergeant at Arms – Ryan Massey – (unopposed)

Executive Board of Directors:
Mike DiCara – 950
Kathy Kraemer – 908
Tom Scally – 878
Dave Sweren – 874
Jim Rommel – 870
Justin Warnick – 573
Sekou Hinton – 361

Bold font denotes the winners