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.




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)

Support Senate Bill 122, The Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018

Please contact your local Delegate or Senator and let them know you are with the Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 and you want them to support SB122, the Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018. This bill raises the minimum sentences for a crime of violence and provides grants to local law enforcement agencies to investigate similar offenses. This bill is sponsored by Senator Zirkin and has the support of Governor Hogan. You can contact you representative by clicking here and you can create a message that will be sent to them directly.

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.

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 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

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.



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.

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

Class Grievance for Police Officer Part-Time Has Been Resolved

On October 5, the FOP filed a class grievance against Chief Sheridan and Baltimore County Office of Human Resources after they posted a job opening for the position of Police Officer Part-Time on the county website. The listing also contained a salary and job description. These items have to be negotiated with the FOP.  A request to bargain also was sent to Chief Sheridan.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Baltimore County Government and the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (FOP), specifically article 1 section 1.2 “Employee Defined” states “Whenever used in this MOU, the term “employee” shall mean all sworn personnel up to and including the rank of Lieutenant of the Police Department.”

Furthermore, article 1 section 1.1 “Union Recognition” states “The Administration recognizes the FOP as the exclusive representative of its employees as defined in Section in Section 1.2 of this article with respect to wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.”

Through the Police Officer Part Time position, the Department and the County are altering the negotiated terms and conditions of employment. It would also cause those hired in the position of part time police officer to be unrepresented should they be accused of any wrongdoing or sustain any liability.

On October 19, 2017, Chief Sheridan issued a correspondence denying the grievance and refusing to bargain.

Our appeal to step #3 was promptly filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings. That hearing was scheduled for November 1, 2017 at 1:30pm.

On October 30, 2017, Chief Sheridan issued a correspondence rescinding the position of “part-time police officer”. The posting has also been removed from the county website.

On October 31, 2017, President Weston responded in a correspondence to Chief Sheridan and the Office of Administrative Hearings that the FOP was withdrawing its request to bargain and the class grievance.

Employment Opportunity: Police Officer UMBC

Job opening


Jurors acquit Baltimore County police officer accused of kicking, spitting on a suspect

After deliberating for about 30 minutes Thursday, a Baltimore County jury acquitted a police officer accused of unlawfully kicking and spitting on a suspect during an arrest that was captured on video by a city police helicopter.

A group of jurors then waited outside the Towson courthouse to thank the officer, Christopher M. Spivey, for his service.

“It was hands down he was innocent,” said Cindy Blanchard, 51, of White Marsh.

Spivey, in turn, thanked the jurors.

Spivey, 29, was charged with four counts of second-degree assault, each carrying up to 10 years in prison, for allegedly kicking 20-year-old Diamontae Tyquan Farrar, who led police on a lengthy car chase in a stolen car on Jan. 25 and then fled on foot. Spivey was the first officer to catch up to Farrar.

A Baltimore police helicopter assisting in the pursuit captured the incident on video. The state’s attorney’s office alleged Spivey used excessive force, kicking Farrar as he got on the ground to surrender, and two more times as he was being handcuffed. Spivey was also accused of spitting on Farrar as he lay handcuffed on the ground.

Spivey said on the stand Wednesday that he feared Farrar might be armed, leading him to make a quick decision to run toward him and kick him to keep him from reaching for a possible gun or other weapon.

In closing arguments, Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin questioned why the kicking wasn’t documented by police if it was necessary to arrest Farrar.

Spivey also denied spitting on the man.

Over three days of testimony, the state and the defense repeatedly showed the video captured by the city police helicopter that assisted in the chase. Two Baltimore officers, Edward Nero and John Bilheimer, testified that they were concerned about the video and felt compelled to report it to their supervisors. Nero was one of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Nero was acquitted last year, though he still faces a departmental hearing in that case.

Spivey’s attorneys made a point to slow the video down for jurors and give commentary.

“When you slow the video down, you can actually see what happened,” Blanchard, one of the jurors, said afterward.

The defense also called Charles “Joe” Key, an expert in police policy and procedures, who testified that Spivey acted as any “reasonable” officer would.

Another juror, Patty Wise, of Lansdowne said “I am very proud of this officer. He did what he was trained to do.”

Dr. Anand Dutta, 40, a physician from Cockeysville who also was on the panel, said jurors moved quickly after agreeing that the state lacked evidence. Dutta said the video of the incident provided an incomplete picture and that information from the officers on the scene was needed to get the full story. The defense called other officers at the scene who said they did not see Spivey spit on Farrar.

Spivey was suspended with pay for nine months before the trial and still faces an internal investigation.

“We certainly hope that in the future, [the state’s attorney’s office] will investigate these matters more thoroughly before they charge a good cop like Chris Spivey,” said his attorney, Brian Thompson.

He said the state’s attorney’s office wrongly based their investigation on a single video and cautioned that the rush to charge Spivey could deter county police officers from doing their job.

“I think we’ve all seen what’s happened in Baltimore City since the Freddie Gray case. The police have stopped policing, and who could blame them,” Thompson said.

David Rose, second vice president for the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4, expressed similar concerns, and said the state’s attorney’s office wil have to “regain some confidence with the troops at large.”

Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger defended his office’s actions in pursuing the case against Spivey.

“We felt like we had sufficient evidence based on the video alone,” he said.

Shellenberger said his office carefully evaluates cases involving officers.

“I take my responsibility to police the police very seriously,” he said. “Only twice in 10 years have we prosecuted a police officer for a crime. I think it’s a very important aspect of our job. I believe I owe it to the public in the cases that we think are sufficient to go forward to go forward.”

Spivey appeared relieved after the verdict, and hugged his attorneys in the courtroom. Outside, he thanked jurors for returning a favorable verdict.

They “very delicately looked at each of the facts and testimony,” he said.

Farrar was convicted of theft and attempting to elude police in the incident. He received a three-year sentence last month.



FOP Lodge #4 wins the article 6.1c grievance in arbitration

Below is the arbitration award and correction letter for the article 6.1c grievance (me too clause).  In the original award on page 6, the arbitrator refers to “Montgomery County Labor Commissioner”. That is later corrected in a letter from the arbitrator.

The FOP will attempt to begin communication with the County to implement the award.

Arbitration award of Salvatore Arrigo

arbitration correction


Executive Security – plain clothes

R.L. Oatman & Associates, Inc. is looking for part-time retired L.E. personnel from the Baltimore County Police Department.
Job Title:  Executive Security – plain clothes
The shift is Monday through Friday
10 hour shift – 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Operate a vehicle provided by R.L. Oatman & Associates, Inc. – reporting to the Director of Security on site.
Applicants must have an Active MD. handgun permit
Be qualified to obtain a security license from the MD. State Police – our company will pay the licensing fee.
Please contact Dale Stonesifer – Operations Director