TOWSON, Md. – Baltimore County leaders plan to invest in posts to improve public safety and promote stronger police-community relations
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the plans to propose new investments in public safety for fiscal year 2023, including the creation of new positions to improve school safety, community engagement and the data-driven font.
“Keeping our communities safe is among the most sacred responsibilities of local government,” Olszewski said. “These new investments will allow us to continue to modernize our police service so that our officers can fight crime and continue to build strong relationships with the communities they serve.
“The additional funding announced today will strengthen our efforts to continue to provide the highest level of service to the community and the officers who serve them,” said Chief Melissa Hyatt. “I want to thank County Executive Olszewski and all of our Baltimore County partners for their continued support.”
The proposed FY2023 budget, which Olszewski will present to County Council on April 14, will include funding for a number of critical new positions for the police department, including: Director of Welfare – this person will focus on expanding the breadth and depth of officer wellness supports, which is important to ensure they can continue to do their job to the best of their abilities; Policing Community Engagement Coordinator – This individual will serve as the direct liaison with Baltimore County communities, ensuring that all precincts make the necessary connections for effective community policing.
Additionally, the budget includes funding for the hiring of eight new data scientists – a significant investment to continue efforts to shift to more data-driven policing strategies – as well as funding for seven new forensic science positions. to improve the department’s ability to resolve cases quickly.
To support our existing School Resource Officers (SROs), the proposed budget will include funding to hire four new floating SROs, improving the ability of officers to develop relationships in schools and respond to any criminal activity that occurs.
The budget will include funds to continue to provide hiring bonuses and recruiting incentives to help attract a diverse pool of talent.
New hires would receive a $10,000 hiring bonus and current police department personnel would receive a $500 referral incentive if they refer successful candidates.
County leaders say these incentives are key to ensuring the department can recruit new talent and ensure a fully staffed police force.