January 12, 2017
Despite continued assurances by representatives of the Department of Justice that our organization would be included in the Consent Decree negotiations, no request to participate was ever forthcoming and we were not involved in the process. As we were not afforded an advance copy of the agreement, neither our rank and file members who will be the most affected, nor our Attorneys, have had a chance to read the final product and, as such, we will not have a comment now. Be assured, however, that a response will be forthcoming at the appropriate time.
Baltimore City Lodge #3 Presents our 2016 Holiday Open House and 50th Anniversary Celebration on Friday December 16, 11 AM – 6 PM! We will be serving Oysters On-the_Half_Shell, Pit Beef, Pit Ham, Pit Turkey, Hot and Cold Buffet, and Assorted Desserts!
OPEN BAR IN THE HALL!!!
The first 1000 FOP Lodge #3 Members will get a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Glass!
Please Join Us!!
Lodge #3 is, once again, very proud to partner with the Baltimore Blast to sponsor 1st Responders Night. This season’s event will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 as the Blast take on the Harrisburg Heat at 7:05PM. Information can be found on the attached flyer, including how to obtain free tickets. There will also be a half-time game between the BPD and the BCFD which is always great fun. If you are interested in participating on our team, please contact Lisa Riha (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blast Game 2017 Details
October 11, 2016
The Honorable Vanita Gupta
Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Main
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Assistant General Gupta,
On behalf of our over 4500 Police Officers, Sergeants, and Lieutenants, active and retired, we are eager to join the discussion to reform the Baltimore Police Department. We are an organization of professional law enforcement personnel and our experience, views, and commitment to a safer city bring much to the conversation that currently surrounds the implementation of the Consent Decree that will dictate the future of not only the Baltimore Police Department but our profession.
The Baltimore Police Department has a very long and storied history. Our members are extremely proud of the badge we wear and have a vested interest in insuring that the future is more successful than the past. We are proud of our many decades of serving the citizens of Baltimore and it is our greatest hope that any reforms generated by the involvement of the Department of Justice will foster an improved relationship with all stakeholders.
In the spirit of a productive reformation, we recently held numerous focus groups in which our active members were encouraged to freely express their own thoughts and ideas for ways in which the BPD can improve its patterns and practices. We emphasized repairing the current climate of dissatisfaction that exists not only within the community but within the agency. Our members are the core of the Baltimore Police Department. We are the men and women who are tasked with the extremely important and highly dangerous job of securing the safety of our citizens. It is our membership who work daily to guarantee that Baltimore City remains a viable place to live and work.
With an eye on the problems outlined in the DOJ’s report, we brought our members together. The following are our suggested reforms to repair the damaged relationship between Police Officers and the community they serve. Those we represent have recognized that the policies and practices put in place by past administrations have led us to this point. Our union as a whole welcomes the Department of Justice and the reforms that they can bring to the Baltimore Police Department to better the agency and Baltimore.
All BPD members planning to run as part of the Baltimore Police Department’s Running Team need to register by Friday, 7 October 2016 at 1600 hours. Bring your check(s) and entry form to the FOP by 1600 hours. Details will only be given to those running the Relay, Half or Full Marathon.
September 30, 2016
This afternoon, the Baltimore Sun published a story written by journalist Kevin Rector in which he detailed a report of the response of the Baltimore City Grand Jury following their experience in the “shoot, don’t shoot” simulator at the Baltimore Police training facility. We congratulate the Grand Jury for their courage to participate in this experience and then to share their honest responses. As stated in the article, “The grand jurors noted the difficult challenges officers face on a daily basis. ‘Police officers are often faced with situations that require split-second decision making, and as we are all aware, any decision could cost a life, erupt civil unrest, damage careers and/or impel jail time,’ the jury wrote.”
On numerous occasions we have suggested that the work of a professional law enforcement officer is extremely difficult and only those who have experienced some of what we deal with, on a daily basis, will be able to properly understand how quickly we must react and what effect that response has on each situation and the officers involved. Obviously, the members of the Grand Jury have now come to understand what we have consistently stated in response to the many who have criticized our work, and we are extremely grateful for their support and encouragement. We also agree with the Jurors when they suggest that our elected officials would be well served to take the opportunity to share this simulated experience.
Brothers and Sisters,
BPD Officer Jimmy Halcomb was shot and killed by John Earl Williams on April 16, 1976 at Lombard and Carey. The event is reviewed in detail on the Baltimore Police History website at: http://baltimorecitypolicehistory.com/index.php/baltimore-police-history/39-minutes-of-terror.html. He has been in jail ever since. He is requesting that his case be re-tried due to a jury selection process error from the 1970’s. He will go before Judge Lynn Mays on December 20, 2016 in court room 228 east at 9:30am.
Jimmy’s wife, Angie, and her 3 daughters (that Jimmy never got to see grow up) are asking for your help in writing to Judge Mays. The letter should request that Judge Mays NOT modify the sentence of John Earl Williams. It should communicate whether you are a victim of the event or someone who knows a victim of the event, and how it has and still does affect them. This includes Jimmy’s five fellow officers shot that day and, of course, Angie and her daughters.
WE NEED MORE THAN 100 LETTERS TO BE SENT TO JUDGE MAYS!!
The text of the letter should be addressed to:
Judge Lynn K. Mays
Courtroom 228 East
111 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Please email or mail the letters by October 3, 2016. Also, government mail rooms aren’t always the fastest.
Traci L. Robinson
Assistant State’s Attorney
120 East Baltimore Street, 9th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202