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Baltimore County Police Dept. Honors 11 #OfficersoftheMonth in January for Outstanding Public Service

Eleven Baltimore County police officers have been awarded for outstanding service for the month of January as an Officer of the Month.

Risking their lives daily to serve and protect residents throughout the county’s seven districts and 10 precincts, commanding officers recognize officers from each precinct for their bravery and investigative efforts in solving crimes.

County police announced the #OfficeroftheMonth honors throughout – and for – January.

From Franklin Precinct 3, four officers were honored for their investigative efforts.

  • Ofc. Rich investigated two separate 4th degree burglaries, both of which she was able to link to additional burglaries, according to county police.
  • Ofc. Jennings earned the #OfficeroftheMonth award for investigating a sexual assault, starting with scant information, but ended with two arrests for 1st degree rape.
  • Ofc. Bowers earned his award for his consistently high level of enforcement and case clearance rates. His commanding officers called him “self-motivated,” and someone who “puts forth the extra effort in each case to reach a positive outcome for the victims involved.”
  • Ofc. Clingan, who earned the monthly honor for “thoroughly investigating a number of identity theft cases, which can be difficult & time consuming, obtaining the necessary probable cause to clear these cases while still answering calls for service during his shift,” the department said.

Pikesville Officer Taranyk received her award by her Precinct 4 commanding officer for the initial investigation she conducted on a missing person report that she found suspicious.  Ofc. Taranyk ultimately determined foul play was involved.

Towson’s Precinct 6 awarded Ofc. Serio as Officer of the Month for clearing 15 cases in 16 days. “He aggressively patrols his assigned post & diligently works his cases, setting an example for everyone on his shift,” said the department on Twitter.

Cockeysville Precinct 7, highlighted two officers for their outstanding service.

  • Ofc. Condon received the award for the month of December, but was announced in January. The department said Condon “excels in enforcement of traffic violations, making our community safer for drivers.” In December, his enforcement resulted in stopping an unlicensed driver, a suspended driver and four uninsured drivers.
  • Ofc. Foehrkolb earned the January award for the “formidable range of investigative skills he used to collect, analyze and organize electronic evidence in a series of commercial burglaries in the Hereford area.” The department said his efforts led to his identifying and charging a suspect from which he obtained a confession.

Ofc. Jenkins, from Precinct 8 in Parkville, earned his award for his investigation into an attempted burglary in which a woman knocked on the front door while a man attempted to break in through a rear door. Both were identified, charged and linked to an armed robbery.

From the White Marsh Precinct 9, Ofc. Lynch was honored for his “remarkable case clearances and enforcement levels.” Lynch’s efforts resulted in three felony clearances, five serious traffic offenses and over 150 traffic violation enforcement actions, according to the department.

Finally, Dundalk police officer, Ofc. Vandergriff from Precinct 12, received his honor for consistently high criminal/traffic enforcement and clearance rates, “indicative of the proactive work he does every day, including a 4th degree burglary for which he caught and charged seven juveniles,” the department noted.
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