Statement of Chuck Canterbury, National President, Fraternal Order of Police

Yesterday, NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in New York City by a coward who invoked race as a motive.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Politicians have spent the months since the tragedy in Ferguson piously wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of trust of police by the minority community. Mayors and Congressmen and Senators and professional racists from all sides have seized on the moment to advance their often self-serving opinions of what is wrong in America as a hyperventilating media nods knowingly and faithfully reports each and every word. Enough is enough.

While these politicians and their retinues ignore the decaying infrastructure of our cities, the substandard educational system, the nonexistent families, the poor nutrition, the lack of employment opportunities–all of which create a toxic environment which breeds crime–they focus with laser vision on every real or perceived mistake made by the cops fighting a running battle to keep the streets safe for our poorest and most disadvantaged citizens in our country’s worst pockets.

Enough is enough. There’s nothing wrong with the way cops do their jobs that won’t be fixed when politicians suck it up and attack the problems that breed poverty and crime–but they’re not going to do that. The media professes shock when we speak out–well, buckle them on America–you’re going to hear a lot from our 325,000 members in the days and months ahead. Some of you may not like it, but you would do well to listen. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Blue Ribbons Available at Lodge #4 in Support of Sea of Blue Campaign

In support of Jean Teal, who runs Sunny Hill Farm and started the Sea of Blue campaign, (see story here) Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 will have blue ribbons here at the lodge for anyone who wants one while supplies last.  They will be available starting on Friday 12/19/14 at 9am until 3pm or while supplies last.

Fortunately supplies are limited.  We went to various stores and were able to acquire what was left on the shelf.  We were told that a lot of blue ribbons have been sold in the last couple of days!!!!!

We are located at 9304 Harford Road Baltimore, Md. 21234

Court of Special Appeals Rules in Favor of FOP Lodge #4 in Retiree Subsidy Case Again!

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has again ruled in favor of FOP Lodge #4 and its retirees in a case that has been ongoing for several years.

On April 14, 2014 Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Finifter issued a Show Cause Order for Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Budget Director Keith Dorsey and Administrative Officer Fred Homan to appear in Circuit Court on June 26, 2014 to show cause as to why they should not be held in contempt and/or subject to sanctions, including incarceration for failing to follow the order of the court to reimburse the affected retirees a total of $1,801,479.54 and reset their health care subsidies to the contracted rate. Baltimore County filed a motion to quash the the Show Cause Order and on May 28, 2014 the motion was denied.

On May 30, 2014 Baltimore County filed a Certificate of Compliance with the Court’s Orders.  They certified that the health care subsidies for the affected retirees were reset to the proper rate.  In addition they issued checks made payable to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 4 for an amount totaling $1,801,479.54. The Show Cause Order was then dismissed.

The County filed 3 appeals to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals concerning the rulings of the Baltimore County Circuit Court, the November 5, 2013 order to restore the subsidy, the March 6, 2014 decision awarding the reimbursement to be paid to the affected retirees and the April 17, 2014 decision awarding interest on the money owed to the retirees.

The Court of Special Appeals has denied the County’s appeals and ruled in favor of the retirees and FOP Lodge #4.

This decision is a summary of the history of this case. Everyone should read it in its entirety and understand the environment in which employees and retirees are subjected to everyday under this administration.

Read the decision here.

http://www.mdcourts.gov/opinions/cosa/2014/1904s13.pdf

The Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Retired Officer Brandt Bradford

Today the case of Bradford v. Baltimore County Employees Retirement System (ERS) was heard in Baltimore County Circuit Court in front of Judge Stringer.  Bradford was denied the option to select an “option 7″ upon his retirement in 2012.  He, with representation from the FOP, appealed the decision of the ERS to the Baltimore County Board of Appeals in October 2010 and was successful.  The ERS filed an appeal to the Baltimore County Circuit Court.  After reviewing the briefs submitted by both parties and hearing oral arguments, Judge Stringer ruled from the bench that the decision of the Baltimore County Board of Appeals should stand and the appeal by the ERS is denied.

The ERS has 30 days to file an appeal to the Court of Special Appeals.

Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 Press release on Body Worn Cameras

We recognize that in light of recent national events the public has an interest in this new technology and generally may support its use.  However, we caution everyone, including locally elected officials to not see the use of this technology as a panacea to these events.  The implementation and placing of Body Worn Cameras on officers and having them turn them on, is not as simple as it sounds.  There are many privacy concerns that must be addressed, the storage costs of the vast amount of video as well as other technological hurdles.

The fact that currently there are Commissions to study the implementation of Body Worn Cameras at the national and state levels and in Baltimore City demonstrates the complexity of the issue.  All of the issues involving the implementation of Body Worn Cameras must be thoroughly thought out, discussed and vetted for legal sufficiency so any policy that is implemented can balance the concerns of everyone involved.  Until this happens, no officer should be made to carry a Body Worn Camera.

 

Hometown Heroes Nights for Maryland Basketball

“FALLEN HERO” ANNIVERSARY DATE …Officer Edward Kuznar

This is a reminder of the anniversary date of the line-of-duty-death of Edward Kuznar on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

On December 9, 1969, Officer Edward Kuznar died as a result of a traffic accident. While on patrol near Kingsville, his vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle that crossed the center line and struck his vehicle. The accident killed both Officer Kuznar and the driver of the other vehicle.

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 Edward Kuznar by wearing their Memorial Ribbon Bars on December 9th of each year.

Request for Status Conference in Retiree Subsidy Case

On or about 11/10/14 the County began informing retirees that effective with the December 1, 2014 retirement payment the County would be reverting the reduced retiree health care subsidy rates that the Circuit Court ordered the County to change on May 30, 2014 to the increased January 1, 2015 rates.

Today FOP Lodge #4 filed the attached request to the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Read Court Filing

Fallen Hero Anniversary : Off. Robert W. Zimmerman

This is a reminder of the anniversary date of the line-of-duty-death of Robert W. Zimmerman on Friday, November 14, 2014.

On November 5, 1986, Officer Robert Zimmerman was struck by a vehicle and critically injured while on foot patrol on Edmondson Avenue. Officer Zimmerman died nine days later on November 14, 1986 as a result of his injuries.

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 Robert W. Zimmerman by wearing their Memorial Ribbon Bars on November 14th of each year.

County Employee Bonus

The 3% bonus to county employees will show as a separate deposit in your direct deposit account on November 7, 2014.  You may view in the ESS system.

Employment Opportunity

I am looking to bring on one to two retired Police part time to handle criminal investigations.  Please have them call me or send me at my Towson office 410-828-6460 or my Bel Air office 410-420-6923.

Sincerely,
Reginald L. Przybylski
President
ABSOLUTE INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES, INC.
INVESTIGATIVE, FINGERPRINTING & SECURITY SERVICESBaltimore office:
604 E. Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286
Tel.# 410-828-6460

Harford County office:
139 N. Main Street
Suite 103
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Tel.# 410-420-6923

E-mail: reg.p@absoluteisi.com
Web site: www.absoluteisi.com

Irish Charities of Maryland and Police Emerald Society of Maryland Dedication to honor Sgt Mark Parry

Irish Charities of Maryland and the Police Emerald Society of Baltimore, Maryland would like to extend an invitation to all members of the Baltimore County Police Department to the dedication ceremony to honor Sergeant Mark F. Parry in Portz’s Pub at the Maryland Irish Festival November 7th, 2014.

Baltimore Police Department, Police Officer Thomas R. Portz was killed in the line of duty October 20th, 2010.  Irish Charities of Maryland dedicated Portz’s Pub in November of 2012 and have continued the tradition by honoring other Maryland Police and Fire Fallen Heroes each year.

Portz’s Pub features a food/bar area and a stage for traditional Irish music.  All tip money from this year will be donated to the Parry family’s charity of choice.

Dedication Ceremony:
Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 5:15 PM
Timonium State Fairgrounds
2200 York Road Timonium, MD 21093

Please RSVP to Eric Brennan at ericbrennan@pesbaltimore.org if you would like to attend.

 

 

 

FOP Lodge #4 has endorsed Delegate John Cluster for House of Delegates in District 8

John has put together a short video for his election campaign. You can view commercial by clicking here .  John would like everyone to vote for him on election day.

Active Employee Open Enrollment for Health Care

Open Enrollment for health benefits will continue until Friday, November 14. This is your opportunity to select and change your benefits for the 2015 calendar year.

Guides and rate sheets are available at the following link.

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/benefits/

Informational meetings will be held throughout the Open Enrollment period, see below for dates and locations.

Wednesday, October 22 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CCBC Dundalk Campus
Thursday, October 23 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oregon Ridge
Thursday, October 30 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Safety Building, Third Floor
Thursday, November 6 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historic Court House, First Floor

 

Review and change your benefits elections online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/mybenefits.