From the Aberdeen Police Department:
In a continued effort to address community concerns related to the Amtrak Train Station, the Aberdeen Police Department has been conducting numerous foot patrols and enforcement initiatives to provide more visibility and to engage commuters and travelers who utilize the Aberdeen Amtrak Station.
The location of the Amtrak Station makes it a community crossroads, separating the eastern and central sectors of the City. Ground transportation services operated by the Harford County Government make frequent stops at the station which attract people to Aberdeen from all over the county. Hundreds of people gather at various times of day on the Amtrak property, most particularly in the early morning and evening hours, when commuters are traveling to and from their places of employment.
Recently, the police department has conducted covert operations to identify a group of individuals selling illegal drugs around the pedestrian footbridge that adjoins the property. Those efforts will continue and serve as notice to those engaged in such activity that those behaviors will not be tolerated.
To address stolen property concerns around the station officers conducted a detail to address bicycle thefts. Officers set up a decoy bicycle and arrested two men who attempted to steal the bike. These operations will continue and serve as notice that the Department takes these crimes seriously too.
Quality of life concerns such as public drinking and loitering have been identified as a point of public concern. To address these concerns officers are physically walking foot patrols to engage personally with riders and see firsthand the conditions at the station during their patrol shift. These types of patrol initiatives have led to multiple arrests and criminal citations issued to those in violation of laws.
The following is a collection of statistics documenting calls for service that have occurred at the Amtrak Train Station over the past 12 months:
– Patrol Checks Conducted– 1,272
– Vandalism Reported – 3
– Thefts Reported – 11
– Trespassing Reported – 7
– Disorderly Conduct Reported – 8
– Suspicious Circumstances Reported – 46
– Illegal Drug Violations – 5
– Fugitive Arrests – 6
The Aberdeen Police Department is committed to providing a continued police presence and dedicated enforcement at the Amtrak Station. If you encounter conditions at the Aberdeen Amtrak Station that cause immediate concern please contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 410-272-2121. Your input and observations will continue to enhance the overall effectiveness of the APD and its mission to promote public safety for all who live or visit our city.