From Maryland State Police:
The Maryland State Police is committed to maintaining a strong presence in Harford County and our troopers and civilian employees are working daily to ensure county citizens remain safe and secure. Uniform patrol troopers of the Bel Air Barrack are joined by investigators from our Criminal Investigation Bureau and uniformed troopers from the Special Operations Bureau working in Harford County in this important undertaking. We strongly believe the Maryland State Police fulfills a critical role in supporting local law enforcement through our statewide authority and mission to fight inter-jurisdictional crime and its impact on Harford County.
Gang Suppression – Bel Air Barrack personnel have been working with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Gang Unit and Violent Crimes Unit to identify/arrest members of the “Bloods” gang and the “WMD – Word’s Most Dangerous” gang that are committing a host of crimes in the Edgewood area. This included a significant investigation by the Baltimore County P.D., HCSO, MSP Bel Air barrack and MSP CED, in which prospects for the Bloods gang would commit armed robberies and burglaries as part of their initiation into the gang. This case was successfully closed with the arrests of several members.
Theft (Conspiracy) – Bel Air Barrack personnel in coordination with the MSP Criminal Investigative Bureau, HCSO Criminal Investigative Division (CID), MSP North East Barrack and Pennsylvania State Police have been working an on-going regional investigation regarding numerous thefts of aerial neutral copper wire. The sharing of intelligence and solid police investigative work has resulted in several conspirators being identified. Further interrogations have led to the identity of additional suspects. Several subjects have been arrested and others are being sought.
Identified drug route (U.S. Rt 1): Assisted the HCSO with an initiative to conduct enforcement efforts in combating drug couriers traveling through the County (by-passing the Interstate 95 corridor – Baltimore/Philadelphia connector) and/or interdict illegal drugs from making it to its final destination within the County.
Criminal Enforcement Division (CED) Troopers: In 2014, Northern Region CED troopers investigated more than 120 Part I crimes; 51 were crimes of violence. Of the cases handled, 50 were closed by arrests; 22 were closed by exceptional means. CED investigators authored and executed 119 search warrants and recovered 66 firearms.
Commercial Burglary and Robbery Spree: In July 2014, a Joppa restaurant was burglarized twice. CED Northern Region investigators developed possible suspects based upon interviews with employees. During surveillance on a possible suspect residence, they observed a vehicle used in several burglaries in Baltimore County. Through coordinated efforts with the Baltimore County Police and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, CED investigators identified three suspects. Search warrants netted evidence that linked the suspects to at least 20 additional burglaries and robberies committed across the three counties.
Maryland State Apprehension Team (MSAT): During 2014, MSAT arrested 26 felons or violent criminals who had outstanding warrants held by local Harford County law enforcement.
Computer Crimes Unit: Investigated three technology-facilitated crimes. Common crimes that are investigated by the CCU include child exploitation, child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, child sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a minor, harassment, and identity theft. In addition, the CCU provided seven Internet Safety Presentations to community organizations in an effort to keep children safe from sexual exploitation.
Child Recovery Unit: Assisted local police with the investigation and recovery of four missing child investigations. Issued three Silver Alerts concerning citizens with a cognitive disorder that went missing.
Drug Enforcement/Continued Saturation Patrols/Reducing Crimes and Crashes (RCAC): These initiatives resulted in the seizure of 1000 grams of Marijuana, 30 grams of Heroin, 12.8 grams of Cocaine and over $54,000in U.S. currency.
Maryland Gun Center: During 2014, the Maryland Gun Center was contacted 175 times and provided direct assistance to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and other Harford County law enforcement agencies concerning Maryland’s gun laws, gun work-ups, and related Gun Center services.
Firearms Enforcement Unit: During 2014, the Firearms Enforcement Unit investigated firearms cases in Harford County which led to the execution of 12 search and seizure warrants, resulting in five arrests and the seizure of 210 firearms.
Assistance to Allied Departments
Aberdeen Burglary: On March 21, 2014, Aberdeen police were in a vehicle pursuit with a suspect who had just burglarized the Aberdeen Target and attempted to strike an Officer with his vehicle. JFK Troopers Took over the pursuit on I-95. The pursuit came to an end when the suspect drove off the roadway near the MD House. The deliberately used his vehicle as a weapon in an attempt to strike officers who were on foot. In fear for their lives, officers discharged their weapons and incapacitated the suspect.
Criminal Enforcement Division Narcotics: The Harford County Sheriff’s Office heads the joint narcotics task force in Harford County. The Maryland State Police has one trooper assigned to this task force as an undercover narcotics investigator.
Cocaine trafficking ring: In the spring of 2014, members of the Harford County Narcotics Task Force received information concerning the dealings of Crack Cocaine, powder Cocaine and Heroin in the eastern portion of Harford County and the western communities of Cecil County. During the course of the investigation, evidence was obtained corroborating facts the primary target was involved in a large-scale Cocaine and Heroin distribution operation, conducting business throughout Harford, Baltimore and Cecil counties. Investigators learned a second target played a major role in the drug organization; the second suspect acted as a contact to the sources of supply and a courier for the organization. On October 6, 2014, the investigators arrested two subjects as they returned to Maryland from Philadelphia; seized from the vehicle were 1,250 grams Cocaine, $410 in U.S. Currency and 50 grams of raw Heroin. The directed stop and subsequent search warrant sweep netted approximately $228,502 in cash, 1311.8 grams of Cocaine, 63.1 grams of Heroin, 125.6 grams of Marijuana, 29 Oxycodone pills, three firearms and nine vehicles. Twenty-two individuals face charges as a result of the investigation.
Post-Conviction Sex Offender Polygraph Examination: A Harford County man previously convicted of sexually abusing his niece was referred by his probation agent during 2014 for a post-conviction polygraph examination to determine his compliance with his probation conditions. During the polygraph examination, the man admitted to violating his probation conditions by using and selling illegal drugs as well as having prohibited contact with minors. The Harford County Circuit Court issued a violation of probation warrant, and the man was arrested and returned to custody to await a VOP hearing.
Crime Analysis: The Bel Air Barrack shares daily criminal and traffic investigations with the HCSO precincts and Crime Analysis Unit (CAU). The data is collected by the CAU and disseminated throughout the County to all the law enforcement agencies. This tool has been very useful while conducting multi-agency investigations in determining modus operandi (GPS locations, dates, times, etc…).
MD Comptroller’s Office
Bel Air Barrack assisted the MD Comptroller’s Office and the Harford County
Alcohol Enforcement unit with a warrant service of a local vineyard that was violating various local and state laws.
Preventing Injuries and Deaths
Increased Sobriety Checkpoints: The Bel Air Barrack hosted three sobriety checkpoints in 2014. Barrack personnel participated in (3) additional sobriety checkpoints conducted by MSP John F. Kennedy Highway (JFK) barrack and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). Members of the Bel Air Police Department (BAPD) assisted with several of the checkpoints.
Underage Alcohol Enforcement: The Bel Air Barrack teamed up with the Harford County Liquor Control Board in various undercover operations to address underage drinking violations, fictitious identification card violations and unlawful conduct by employees at bars (based on complaints from citizens/patrons).
Harford County Traffic Task Force: Maryland State Police continued its participation in the Harford County Traffic Task Force (TTF). The TTF is comprised of the Bel Air and JFK Highway Barracks, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Bel Air Police Department, Aberdeen Police Department, and Havre De Grace Police Department. The TTF deploys weekly in various areas of the county / municipalities to address traffic enforcement needs in a unified deployment of law enforcement personnel.
Department of Emergency Services (DES): Bel Air barrack Command along with members of the MD State Police Training Division and Aviation have been collaborating with personnel from DES Planning Section, HCSO, Havre de Grace P.D., Aberdeen P.D., Bel Air P.D., Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Harford Community College to prepare for a County-wide deployment of resources and personnel in the event of an “Active Shooter” scenario. Full-scale exercises are imminent.
Darlington Dublin Initiative March 13, 2014
CVED personnel along with Bel Air Barrack Troopers conducted an enforcement initiative in the Darlington/Dublin area of Harford County based on citizen’s complaints about unsafe commercial motor vehicle operations.
The enforcement was concentrated on Maryland Route161, Main Street in Darlington, and Maryland Route
136, Dublin Road in Dublin.
29 inspections, 3 Out Of Service vehicles, 1 warrant arrest
Bel Air Auto Auction Initiative May 29, 2014
CVED personnel conducted a commercial motor vehicle enforcement and inspection initiative around the Bel Air Auto Auction located on US Route 1 in Harford County to detect and deter commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic offenses that occur after the auction concluded.
Enforcement focus on tow trucks and rollbacks.
22 inspections, 3 Out Of Service vehicles
Community Policing Efforts: Numerous criminal initiatives and directed enforcement efforts have been conducted throughout Harford County to include foot patrols at business establishments and “hot spot” areas.
Philadelphia P.D. Explorer Program: A member of the Bel Air barrack went to the training camp in Fort Indiantown Gap (Annville, PA) to work with the Explorers. The Trooper favorably represented the Department by providing a memorable learning experience for the Explorers. This interaction with the youths could be fruitful for the Department, by gravitating future applicants to seek employment with this Agency.
Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation “Badges for Baseball ” : Several Bel Air Barrack Troopers participated in this summer long program. Troopers worked closely with less fortunate children while in a baseball environment. Relationships were fostered with the children to give them a favorable perspective when dealing with law enforcement officers and to hone their baseball skills.