Counties Across the State Lend Public Safety Aid to Baltimore City

Many counties throughout Maryland sent public safety personnel to provide assistance and support to Baltimore City during the unrest and riots that began on Saturday.

The Bel Air Patch states:

Maryland State Police sent 42 troopers to Baltimore early Monday afternoon, and another 40 troopers were ordered to the city at 4 p.m. Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County officials confirmed they have also sent personnel to the city.

The Prince George’s County Police Department has officers in the midst of the confrontation, its spokesman said Monday afternoon.

About 5 p.m. the department said on Twitter :”We’re now along perimeter backing up @BaltimorePolice near mall. Several of our officers hit by rocks; minor injuries. And just before 6 p.m. the department tweeted: “Our officers in Baltimore have been pulled back into a reserve status and will assist @BaltimorePolice as needed.”

Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady tweeted at 6 p.m.: “PGFD tactical trained paramedics embedded w/law enforcement unit in Baltimore. A great use of personnel able to provide immediate EMS care.”

In Montgomery County, the police department says “Approximately 40 of our officers (includes medics, supervisors, Special Events Response Team officers) are assisting @BaltimorePolice.”

Anne Arundel County Police said on Twitter: “We have resources on the ground in #Baltimore assisting @BaltimorePolice. We’ve sent dozens of officers.”

The Columbia Patch also notes that Howard County sent many officers to assist Baltimore City.

In addition to serving in the county, police were providing aid in Baltimore City after Monday’s riots.

Police Chief Gary Gardner is sending 40 to 50 officers daily to Baltimore to assist with efforts there to maintain peace in the city. There was “minor damage” to police and fire equipment from Howard due to bricks and rocks, officials said.

The department is sending officers in batches of 20 to 25 to work 12-hour shifts, and a Howard County police tactical vehicle has been deployed, police reported.

Montgomery County has sent many groups that have training in riot control. According to an article on mymcmedia.com that was updated on April 28:

Montgomery County Police report that the SERT officers sent to Baltimore on Monday have returned, uninjured. A second group of officers will be sent later today. “We hope for peace for the city of Baltimore,” wrote police in a Facebook posting today.

Montgomery County Police have sent 40 officers to help Baltimore Police with demonstrations after protests turned violent.

Police Spokesperson Rick Goodale says the officers are members of the Special Events Response Team (SERT) and they have specialized training in riot control. He said the officers have riot shields, riot helmets, special padding and gas masks.

According to Goodale, the local SERT team arrived in Baltimore on Saturday.

He said the officers take direction from Baltimore command staff and are assisting as needed.

On his Twitter account, County Council President George Leventhal showed his support by thanking the county officers for their assistance.

Read the full article on Montgomery County’s involvement here.

Charles County sheriff’s officers also lent a helping hand. Coverage from SoMdNews.com states:

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said 23 officers were sent to Baltimore on Monday, arriving around midnight.

“They took several vehicles and an armored personnel carrier,” Richardson said. “Officers provided relief for those who had been on the frontlines guarding different areas.”

Richardson said officers later guarded Mondawmin Mall, following destruction at the shopping center by looters.

“For them, it has been relatively quiet, and they’ve had a lot of people approaching asking if they needed anything,” she said. “Right now, they’re waiting on assignments for [Tuesday night] and perhaps the rest of the week.”

Frederick County also provided aid on Monday. According to the Frederick News-Post article:

About 30 Frederick County sheriff’s deputies arrived at Mondawmin Mall just after 3 a.m. Tuesday with riot shields and batons to help quell violent protests.

And from a Facebook post on Wednesday, April 29:

Per a request from the State Emergency Operation Center, the Frederick Police Department will be aiding and assisting Law Enforcement Officers in the City of Baltimore due to the current situation.

Twenty-five Frederick City Police Officers and Command Staff will be assisting with manpower and resources.

Carroll County Sheriff’s office also sent assistance Monday night as the Carroll County Times reports:

Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees, who was a Maryland State Police trooper for 25 years, said he sent an armored personnel carrier along with two deputies to act as spotters in the city late Monday night, and the contingent “will be down there as long as they need it until everything is calmed down.”

The Herald-Mail reports Washington County sent several law enforcement officers as well:

The sheriff said three of his deputies — one from the Patrol Division and two from the Washington County Detention Center — already have been deployed to Baltimore with their Maryland National Guard units.

In addition, deputies will help the Hagerstown Police Department, which also sent officers to Baltimore, according to [Washington County Sheriff Douglas] Mullendore.

Officer Heather Aleshire, spokeswoman for the Hagerstown Police Department, said 15 officers left Tuesday afternoon to assist in Baltimore.

Queen Anne’s County provided aid Monday. As reported in the Star Democrat:

[Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary] Hofmann said 11 of his deputies, including nine SWAT team members, were deployed to Baltimore City after getting the call around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Along with the deputies went an armored personnel carrier vehicle, a command post, and also two county tactical paramedics, Hofmann said. They returned home safely at 5 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

The article in the Star Democrat also notes that jurisdictions on the shore that were unable to send officers provided other means of assistance:

Though no deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office were deployed Monday night, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. John Bollinger said Tuesday morning that Talbot deputies are helping cover the shifts of state troopers who were deployed to Baltimore City.

“We’re actually doubling up on shifts and we’re going to be taking all the calls down here while the (state police) troopers are up there,” Bollinger said, adding that St. Michaels, Easton and Trappe police departments are also assisting with coverage of state police patrols.

This was also the case in Cecil County as the Cecil Whig reports local law enforcement offices covering shifts and supporting MSP troopers stationed at the Cecil County Barracks that were sent to Baltimore:

Although the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office hadn’t sent any deputies to Baltimore, the the agency still is playing an indirect, supportive role in the operation, according to Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.

“We have upped our manpower on shifts and some of our deputies are working extra hours to offset,” Holmes said, referring to any Baltimore-related absences that should arise on the MSP shifts.

Sheriff Scott Adams also extended a goodwill offer to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, which has sent some of its deputies to Baltimore, according to Holmes.

“We’re assisting Harford County. We have not responded to there at this point, but we will if the Harford County Sheriff’s Office needs us,” Holmes said.

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