Employment Opportunity – MES-Lawmen Supply Company

I am looking to hire a sales representative in the Baltimore, Carrol, Harford and Cecil counties. I prefer to hire retired police officers as they already know all the police equipment that we sell. Our company offers a competitive salary and uncapped commission. Our benefits include cell phone and vehicle plans along with benefits and a 401K. The accounts are already established, and a senior sales rep would train whomever we onboard.

I just retired after 30 years of service in Camden NJ and a member of FOP Lodge 218, the one thing I would say about this job is it is not a typical retirement job that cops talk about. We need someone that is personable, motivated, works independently and navigate a computer.

I hope you don’t mind me reaching out to you for assistance, but this opportunity can really help one of your recently retired members. Would you be able to put the word out to your membership? I can come down to meet with you if necessary

My contact information is below. A flyer is attached if you think it would be helpful.

Stay safe,
Joe Wysocki
Vice President, Law Enforcement
MES-Lawmen Supply Company
Chief of Police, Retired
Camden County Police Department
Cell:  856-417-2108
Joseph.Wysocki@Lawmensupply.com

MES-Lawmen

President’s Message – A Breaking Point

A Breaking Point in Baltimore County

The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD), like many departments across the country, is struggling to overcome significant increases in early retirements and resignations, in addition to large drops in qualified applicants. Unlike many similarly sized jurisdictions, however (BCPD is the 21st largest police department in the country), our challenges are compounded by decades of neglect and under-investment that together have left us with more than 100 officer vacancies today.

Once a highly regarded agency that regularly recruited the top 10% of applicants to our ranks, we are now systematically losing officers to nearby jurisdictions like Montgomery County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County, all of which can offer more substantial benefits, updated technology and equipment and 21st Century facilities.

Since January of this year, the BCoPD has logged 99 retirements and 31 resignations compared to 47 and 32 in 2020. Since January 2020, 19 officers have left the agency for employment in other local, more modern police departments and we’re losing senior officers to early retirement at numbers greater than ever before. At the same time, BCoPD is unable to recruit enough quality candidates to keep up with attrition or to hire enough candidates to fill a recruit class, resulting in approximately 118 sworn vacancies, 16 cadet vacancies and 60 civilian vacancies as of June.

Coupled with a surge in violent crime as residents continue to grapple with the impacts of the pandemic, our officers – and our infrastructure – have reached a breaking point that can no longer be ignored. And the communities we serve are suffering as a result.

Non-competitive Benefits

While BCoPD offers competitive gross salaries, the benefits we can provide pale in comparison to comparable jurisdictions. Not only do our officers receive smaller pensions and fewer retirement options than their peers, but they are also asked to work with outdated and failing equipment that is unsuitable for policing today. For example, Baltimore County officers are not equipped with department-issued laptops, nor are they assigned radios, cell phones or cars – many of which are standard issued equipment in other agencies.

If we are to stop the hemorrhaging of talent to other departments, we must have the resources to provide affordable, competitive health care and retirement options and to offer equipment and other benefits that are in line with similarly sized departments.

Deficient Training Facilities

BCoPD does not have a comprehensive training facility. Instead, the department uses limited and inadequate space at the CCBC Dundalk Campus, where they are at the mercy of campus schedules for the use of certain areas. We use a volunteer fire department for classroom space and run tactical exercises and scenarios at flea markets, restaurants and movie theaters. There is no driver training track for emergency vehicle operations, leaving driver training to be conducted where and when we can borrow available track time at proximate non-department facilities.

The Baltimore County Firearms Training Range is fifty-five years old and has outlived its usefulness. For example, the outdoor range cannot be used at this time because of high lead levels and the indoor range has had problems with ventilation and high lead levels for years, often making it unsafe for use. Rifle qualifications have been moved off-site to a borrowed range facility because our current range cannot accommodate today’s necessary qualifications. Inadequate attempts over the years to make temporary fixes have provided little relief.

Since the County shut down the department’s K9 training facility 15 years ago after several dogs died, we have not been provided the resources to construct a new K9 training facility. Today, our K9 and tactical units work out of dilapidated government buildings and K9 officers are not provided take-home vehicles to transport their partners or staffed kennels on-site to properly and safely house our four-legged partners, when necessary, which is standard in surrounding jurisdictions.

To accomplish both the level of training necessary to fully vet and prepare recruits and to overcome the competitive disadvantage we find ourselves at with other proximate departments under consideration by recruits, we must have a dedicated public safety training facility and Police Academy that includes a driver training track for police and fire, a professional shooting range, proper classroom settings, a K9 facility and buildings that allow for recreation of the real-life scenarios that officers encounter daily.

Aging Precincts and Equipment

Several of Baltimore County’s precincts are not modernly equipped to meet today’s policing needs and requirements. Precincts 1 (1962), 7 (1969) and 11 (1973) are all dilapidated and in disrepair – and lack the proper infrastructure and equipment that modern precincts require to deliver excellent police services to our citizens and attract high-quality officer candidates. For example, Precinct 1 is no longer suitable to hold prisoners because it is considered too much of an escape risk due to old and failing infrastructure.

While County Executive Olszewski has appropriated funding for a new Precinct 1, the amount is incommensurate with what is required to build a proper modern facility today – and development has been stalled for more than a year. It is important that we begin immediately to assess, understand and develop plans to modernize our infrastructure across the county so that we can meet the needs of today’s modern police agency.

Reform, Re-imagine and Reinvest

Reform and reinvestment are long overdue here. In these extremely difficult times, for both residents and officers alike, we must move past politics and rhetoric to find solutions that allow us to recruit, train and retain the best officers in the country to protect what we believe are the best communities in the country – here in the place we call home: Baltimore County.

While acknowledging the necessity of wholesale improvements to the systems and processes that can facilitate more just, fair and informed policing in departments across the country, we must also do more and do better – now – to ensure the good and proud officers of the Baltimore County Police Department can carry out their sworn duties with the highest level of training and professionalism on behalf of the people they serve. As it stands now, without the resources needed to bring our department up-to-par with nearby jurisdictions, we will continue to lose qualified candidates and existing officers to other more modern and better-equipped agencies – and our communities will continue to bear the brunt of understaffed and undervalued precincts.

Dave Rose
President
Baltimore County
FOP Lodge #4

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