LEOSA Date at MPCTC

The Baltimore County Police Department outdoor range is closed for maintenance.

We have been able to set up a new LEOSA date at MPCTC.

The date is July 6, 2021. The address for MPCTC is 7320 Slacks Rd. Sykesville, Md. 21784.  There are 3 separate times given. Please let me know via email owatson@baltimorecountymd.gov, ASAP if you will be able to attend at this date and time.  Please review the attached paperwork prior to arriving at the range.
LEOSA Arrival

 

 

Employment Opportunity – Security

Signal 88 Security-Baltimore is looking to hire 10-15 Baltimore County Police Officers for Uniformed Secondary Employment (USE) work at Walmarts throughout Baltimore County, MD.  The compensation is $33/hour with most holidays paid at $49.50 (OT).  The hours vary 7 days a week at 8 Walmarts and 2 Sam’s Clubs located in Baltimore County.

If interested, and for more details regarding this position, please contact Rob Rayner (active Baltimore County Police Officer) directly at 410-456-7937, or email to rrayner@signal88.com

President’s Message – Maury Road Incident

On Saturday May 8, 2021, our members in the Woodlawn Precinct responded to several calls in the 7500 block of Maury Road. Upon arrival the officers were met by gunfire from a suspect who had already killed several people after setting his and adjoining townhouses ablaze.

After taking cover and attempting to deescalate the situation, the suspect was placed into custody while officers administered first aid on him and began the search for other victims.

The officers who initially responded acted bravely and responsibly to a dynamic incident that has become all too common in recent years. We are tremendously proud of the professionalism, calm and compassion exhibited by our members as they neutralized the threat and protected citizens from further harm throughout this highly traumatic incident.

Thank you to our members in the Woodlawn Precinct, our colleagues in the 911 center, dispatchers and to the entire BCoPD for continuing to set the standard for fair and effective policing.

Dave Rose
President, FOP Lodge #4

Employment Opportunities: Court Security

Here is a link to the US Marshals Service page about the Court Security Officer (CSO) program https://www.usmarshals.gov/judicial/court_security_officer.htm

As these are all contractor positions the vendor for the local area is Paragon Systems, they handle the 4th Circuit (MD, VA, WV & NC), the 3rd Circuit (PA, NJ, DE) and the federal court houses in DC. The link to their page is https://careers.parasys.com/home#working-here

This is not a bad job for a retiree who wants to keep working.

 

Employment Opportunity – Security

Defender One Security is looking to hire 3-4 Active Baltimore County Police Officers for Uniformed Secondary Employment located in Cockeysville (PC7).  The compensation is $32/HR, and the hours are 8:30AM-3:30PM Monday through Friday. We are looking to hire ASAP for the June schedule.

If interested, and for more details regarding this position, please contact Jon N. Krieger (retired Baltimore County Police Officer) directly at 410-404-5293, or email to Jon@defenderonesecurity.com.

Contract Ratification Results

The tentative settlement agreement between the Baltimore County Administration and Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (FOP) was presented to the membership for ratification. The ratification process was done electronically via department email and a secured voting system through Election Buddy for 5 days in an effort to provide the opportunity for as many members as possible to vote. The ballots were tallied after voting closed at 1200 hours on April 27, 2021.

The voting totals were as follow: FOR Ratification – 767  AGAINST – 141

This Memorandum of Understanding is for July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023

Thank you to all of those who participated.

Thank you everyone on the Negotiating Committee for all your hard work and do diligence in getting this contract out to our membership.

Also, I would like to thank all of our board members that helped our membership with questions that may have had with the contract.

Fraternally
Dave Rose
President

 

Final Reports and Summary of Legislation on Police Reform

The links below will provide information as to the legislation that passed in Annapolis this year in reference to the Maryland Police Accountability Act as well as other legislation tracked by the FOP. It also summarizes what bills will go into effect this year in October and those that go into effect on July 1, 2022.

There are provisions in our contract in article 16 that will remain in effect until our contract expires on June 30, 2023.  If you have any questions about any specific provision that is not answered in the below material please call the lodge office and we will get you an answer.

2021 MPAA – Full Summary 4-12-21

2021 MPAA – Indexed Summary 4-14-21

2021 FOP Report final report Edited 04-14-21-1

Final Summary of 2021 Session for FOP

Due Process Comparison Chart

Employment Opportunity Elizabethtown Police Department

My name is Ed Cunningham, and I’m the Chief of the Elizabethtown Police Department (Lancaster County, PA). I am also a long-time (now retired) member of the Pittsburgh Police FOP Fort Pitt Lodge #1.  We currently have job openings in our agency.  All of the information, as well as the application, can be found at www.policeapp.com/elizabethtownpa. The application deadline is 7 May 21.

Also, I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the job or department.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Chief Ed Cunningham, MS

Chief of Police

Elizabethtown Police

600 South Hanover Street

Elizabethtown, PA 17022

717-367-6540 x251 (voice)

717-367-2332 (fax)

717-367-1835 (county dispatch)

President’s Message – Blame Failed Policy and Management, Not the LEOBR

Common misconceptions about The Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR) have continued to spread and grow as police reform remains one of this legislative session’s prominent issues. For years, the Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 has been committed to enforcing responsible policing and accountability across our county and state. Irresponsible policing is not a result of LEOBR, but rather, years of policy failures by management.

For example, methods like Broken Windows Policing, introduced in 1982, which argued that maintaining order by policing low-level offenses could prevent more serious crimes, incident-driven policing in the early 1990’s, and zero tolerance policing in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s (both implemented by legislative bodies and chiefs), have resulted in damaged relationships with the citizens officers are meant to protect.

To be clear, these decisions were not made by rank-and-file officers. They were conceived and enforced by those in command positions. Commanders draft all policies, strategies, and methods. As a result of many of these failed initiatives, law enforcement officers today are paying the price for antiquated policies they were required to enforce. Instead of blaming rank and file officers, commanders should be held accountable for many of the failures we are witnessing.

For additional context, the LEOBR was implemented in 1974 to prevent police chiefs from terminating officers indiscriminately for political expediency or personal bias – not to protect bad cops. We have seen examples of this in the recent lawsuit brought against the Maryland State Police by a group of African American officers. The LEOBR was implemented to expose unbiased truth in investigations, not to achieve a desired result. Simply put, the system is not broken. Today, agencies mismanage the process and then blame the LEOBR to cover for their broad incompetence. Eliminating the LEOBR in the name of police reform is a disservice to the overwhelming number of law enforcement officers who perform their duties honorably and professionally.

Police reform is essential. However, meaningful reform will not happen with the elimination of a fair, due process system with 47 years of case law to support it. It is, however, the implementation of practices that promote community engagement, conversation, and interaction between law enforcement and those they serve, that will promote positive change. The removal of this process will have unintended consequences. Already, too many good officers are choosing to resign, and others interested in serving suggest some level of discouragement or concern about joining the profession.

Officers are not perfect. Like all humans, they cannot operate under the expectation of perfection and infallibility. No one can. It’s time to come together to discuss how we can make real change. A solution can only be accomplished through honest dialogue around accountability, safety, and devotion to those we serve.

Dave Rose
President
FOP Lodge #4

 

Fact Sheet About the Maryland Law Enforcement Bill of Rights (LEOBR)

This a document that talks about the Maryland Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (LEOBR) and explains the purpose for the creation of the bill and guides you through the different sections of the LEOBR.

It will show the bills limitations and give facts to dispel the misinformation that has been spoken about in different media, social media and political formats. Please take a few moments to learn the truth about this landmark piece of legislation.

Community Conversation and Reference Guide -Part 3 – Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights

President’s Message – Annapolis Update – LEOBR

Brothers and Sisters,

As most of you are aware, the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBR) is in danger of being eliminated this year in the Maryland General Assembly (MDGA). This statute gives you the right to fair due process when a complaint of misconduct has been made against you. Numerous Senators and delegates are working to repeal this provision in state law. Instead of having this structured fair process as outlined in the LEOBR, they are working on legislation that would give Police Chiefs and Sheriffs the absolute authority to discipline and/or terminate with out a fair hearing. The ACLU, in conjunction with the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association have seized this opportunity to attempt to eliminate what little due process you have and obtain more authority for themselves.

FOP Lodge 4 and other lodges across Maryland are working diligently to prevent this from occurring. The State FOP has contracted with a reputable Public Relations Firm to assist with traditional and social media platforms and messaging. We have the www.keepmarylandsafe.com website which has helped with over 40,000 emails being sent by our members to the representatives in the MDGA. We have had individual and group meetings with many senators and delegates. However, we need you and everyone you know to start calling each of the senators and delegates on our website and speak to them about the need for a fair disciplinary process.

Senate Bill 627 -LEOBR Repeal is scheduled to be voted out of committee this evening. Please contact your representative now.

Fraternally,

Dave Rose
President
FOP Lodge #4

Please Contact these Legislators and Tell Them To Support Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers dedicate their careers and risk their lives to protect Marylander’s across the state. It’s a job like no other—uniquely dangerous and challenging—requiring life and death split-second decisions. When you call us, we respond.

The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation HB670 that takes away the fair due process afforded to those who risk their lives for your safety.

Please contact the legislators on the two committees below and tell them to oppose HB670 and as well as all other legislation that alters the LEOBR.

House Judiciary Committee Members- 2021

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members- 2021

The State FOP Needs your Help to Protect the LEOBR

As you know, the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session is underway. State FOP leadership has had daily discussions with the Senate and House leadership, our legal team, lobbyists, public relations firm, community stakeholders, and the State Lodge Legislative Committee. Additionally, we have already testified, or written opposition letters, on several proposed pieces of legislation.
Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pending fight to protect our members from misguided police reforms, the Legislative Committee started earlier than usual this year. We are actively tracking numerous bills which you can find on our website.
As of today, there are a total of 741 bills filed in the House and 573 in the Senate. Police reform bills continue to be filed at a rapid pace. Today, House “leadership sponsored” police reform bills, HB670, Repeal of the LEOBR and HB671, Disclosure of Police Discipline Records, were introduced. It is imperative that we start our messaging campaign now.
We have enlisted the services of a public relations firm to assist with the creation of digital and radio advertisements, a specialized website aimed at supporting sensible police reforms, and a messaging campaign for FOP members. We must solicit the help of our family and friends to help spread our message. We want them to help tell our story via social media channels and, in the process, use specific “hashtags” to help humanize our profession.
Part of our strategy is to use social media platforms to guide community members and legislators towards the overwhelmingly positive aspects of the law enforcement community and toward our new “tagline:” #KeepMarylandSafe. We ask each of you to talk to your family, friends and associates and encourage them to participate.
Our new KeepMarylandSafe.com website is live and it will serve as an outlet for news and information pertinent to our agenda. The website will relay FOP positions on proposed legislation, and will provide an avenue to easily contact legislators with predetermined FOP messages of support or opposition.
Shortly after the filing of these police reform bills, the Maryland State Lodge will produce specific talking points for each of you to discuss with your local stakeholders. Our expectation is that the  police reform bills will will move quickly. Because the legislature is intent on expedient rather than quality reforms, this legislative process could be over within 30 days of the bill filings.
Make no mistake… this will be a hard fight! The current desire of many within the legislature is to completely repeal the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. Part of our strategy is to pressure legislators through direct contact, and to wage a full-scale messaging campaign from FOP members, associates and concerned citizens. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas do not hesitate to contact the lodge for assistance.

 

Diversity and Inclusion Days

On January 19, 2021, the Department sent an email concerning the County Executive’s approval of 2 additional Diversity and Inclusion Floating Days off.

 

As you know, the amount of leave that members of the Department receive is covered by the terms of our MOU and any effort to change those terms needs to occur at the bargaining table.  We are currently in bargaining with the County over the terms of the next MOU and have expressed to the County and the Department our dismay that this issue was not discussed with the FOP before the communication was sent.  We expect to address this issue in those negotiations.