Deputies in the Community
DECEMBER 21, 2016
Welcome to the Sheriff's Office! K9 Chance and K9 Diogi are the most recent additions to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. They recently passed CDS School and will start Patrol School in the spring.
Diogi is named in honor of Deputy Matt Williams and K9 Diogi from the Polk County Sheriff's Office who were killed in the line of duty in 2006.
30 Years of Service
DECEMBER 20, 2016
This morning, Sheriff Gahler thanked Carmen Toliver for her 30 years of service to Harford County as a crossing guard. Ms. Carmen was greeted by the Sheriff and Colonel Bodway at her post, which is at Joppa Farm Rd and Barksdale Rd.
DECEMBER 18, 2016
Yesterday was wrapping day! Thank you to all the volunteers and donors who made our 34th annual Christmas Drive a success! We can now start delivering gifts to underprivileged children throughout Harford County!
DECEMBER 16, 2016
We are glad you enjoyed Jinx's visit! He looks like he had a good time, too!
From FB Messenger:
"I wanted to say how much Pack 807 enjoyed having officers from your K-9 unit out to talk about all the hard work that goes into working dog training, and all the amazing things these dogs do with their equally amazing handlers. Jinx dog was simply a stunning K9. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to come out to show the boys and their families yet another reason why Harford County Sheriff's Office is setting the standard and leading the way."
Substance abuse and addiction recovery units visit
DECEMBER 15, 2016
Sheriff Jeff Gahler, Warden Michael Capasso and Mr. Erik Robey, Legislative and Community Affairs spent Thursday touring the Henrico and Chesterfield County Virginia substance abuse and addiction recovery units at the respective detention centers. The Sheriff met with Henrico and Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office personnel and program directors and participated in program sessions with inmates at each facility. Reducing recidivism and helping incarcerated heroin addicts kick addiction is the goal of both programs.
Foster Family Christmas Party
DECEMBER 4, 2016
Yesterday, Sheriff Gahler stopped by Harford Community Church for the Foster Family Christmas Party. Thank you for having us, our Deputies had a blast!
Happy Anniversary Sheriff Gahler!
DECEMBER 1, 2016
Two years ago today, Sheriff Gahler was sworn in as Harford County’s 81st Sheriff. Yesterday, Sheriff Gahler sent an agency-wide message to members of the Sheriff’s Office reflecting on the tragic heartbreak of February 10th and a few of the shared accomplishments from the past year. From Sheriff Gahler’s perspective, the most important point of the past year was the sacrifice from our Office and in return, the tremendous outpouring of love and support from our community. The men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office suffered a tragedy; however, professionally addressed their duties related to the call for service that took the lives of Senior Deputy Pat Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon on February 10, 2016. The support shown to the members of the Office and the dedication from the Office in its entirety will forever be recognized and appreciated.
Select Harford County Sheriff’s Office Accomplishments from 2016 are:
- Initiated and hosted the first “State of Law-Enforcement” address in Harford County, allowing members of the community to dialogue with law-enforcement leaders;
- Partnered with Towson University to conduct a survey on the services provided by the Sheriff’s Office to victims of crime. Overall very complimentary to the agency, the survey provided feedback that will allow the Office to adjust several areas of its response for improvement;
- Led the legislative effort to get the State-Wide Warrant Intercept Bill passed and signed into law, assisting in the removal of wanted individuals from our communities;
- Completely reworked administrative/disciplinary procedures bringing the Office’s policies into compliance with Maryland Law and ensuring a fair and equitable process that includes an early warning system, disciplinary matrix and an alternative disciplinary process;
- Became only the second County in Maryland, in partnership with the United States Department of Homeland Security, to initiate the 287G Program at the Detention Center, allowing the Sheriff’s Office the opportunity to identify offenders who are in the Country illegally and initiate removal proceedings;
- Continued efforts to return law enforcement positions to patrol our communities. Upon graduation of the current academy class, a total of eight additional positions will have been returned to patrol;
- Purchased seven handheld scanners for Animal Control Officers to utilize to quickly identify the owners of found pets and ensure they are returned to their families;
- Continued to find innovative ways to fight the heroin epidemic in Harford County, including establishing a first of its kind partnership with the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System allowing the Office to receive data on all opioid overdoses presented to Upper Chesapeake Health System facilities, ensuring our analyst access to more timely and accurate data from which reasonable and effective strategies can be developed to address the real challenges this threat poses to our community.
As we move into 2017, we are excited by the opportunities to implement additional strategies and efforts that will allow your agency to grow and enhance the services provided to the citizens of Harford County. In closing, Sheriff Gahler would like to thank all the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication to this profession. And, to all of you, your support means more to us than words can express. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
As the days and months tick by since Feb 10, the support from the community is still strong. Yesterday, two donations were made in Mark and Pat's honor. First were DEA Agents Bernie Malone and Andy Biniek who rode the Tour de Force 9/11 Memorial Ride in honor of Mark and Pat. They were able to present each family with a donation. The second donation came from Richie Goles who raised $450 by raising and selling rabbits at this year's Farm Fair. Thank you for your continued love and support of our deputies and their families.
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
A special thank you to the congregation of The Church of the Ascension in Deer Creek Parish located in Street. They opened their doors to deputies this weekend to share a meal and express their gratitude for the work the Sheriff's Office does every day to keep the community safe. We were honored to be invited and spend the afternoon with all of you.
American Legion Post Renamed
NOVEMBER 5, 2016
We were honored to take part in a ceremony renaming the American Legion Post in Edgewood. As of today, it will be named Patrick Dailey – Mark Logsdon Memorial Service Post 17. We are truly amazed every day how our community has rallied around us, and helped us honor Pat and Mark's memory. Thank you! #HarfordStrong
NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Today, Sheriff Gahler stopped by the 4th Annual Day of Giving for Ashton's Angels: The A Team. The event is at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Bel Air until 3 p.m. They are having a blood drive and are collecting pillow cases and canned foods. Ashton's Angels is a very important organization to the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Ashton is the son of one of our deputies. Any help you can give this wonderful organization is very much appreciated.
Noah Leotta Memorial Award
OCTOBER 27, 2016
Congratulations to DFC Daniel Cahill. He is the first recipient of the Noah Leotta Memorial Award. This award, named for the Montgomery Police Department Officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver, was presented to DFC Cahill at the Annual DUI Awards ceremony in Ocean City.
Student Traffic Accident Reduction
OCTOBER 20, 2016
This morning, Law Enforcement officials throughout Harford County, along with Harford County Public Schools, met students before school started to hand out STAR cards. STAR stands for Student Traffic Accident Reduction. This program is designed the help reduce traffic crashes involving Harford County teens. In 2015 alone, the Harford County Sheriff's Office responded to 100 crashes involving teen drivers.
The card reminded students to:
Park your phone! Buckle up! Slow Down!
Academy Class ELC-27
OCTOBER 19, 2016
This morning, the members of Academy Class ELC-27 underwent Command Inspection, ahead of their graduation tonight. In just a few hours these impressive men and women will join the Harford County Sheriff's Office as Correctional Deputies. Help us in welcoming them!
OCTOBER 3, 2016
This morning friends from St Francis de Sales Preschool visited. While here, they presented Sheriff Jeff Gahler and Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union President Mike Montalvo with a book of kind thoughts and a donation. Thank you for all your support!
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
It's a beautiful day for a hike! Something Harford County Sheriff's Office Explorer's Post 6600 did this week as part of their physical training exercise. They took advantage of the nice weather to take a 4 mile hike at Harford Glen. If you think you'd be interested in learning more about Law Enforcement and are in High School, you should join us. Contact Stephen Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Giving Back to the Community
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Today members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Command Staff joined team members of Klein's ShopRite in Bel Air to help "bag out" hunger. Proceeds from today's sales go to the Empty Stocking Fund. Thank you for helping us give back to our amazing Harford County community. We are pleased to report that no eggs were harmed in the bagging of these groceries!
"Heart of a Lion" Award
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
This week, Harford County Sheriff's Office Youth Services Coordinator, and retired Captain, Steve Thomas was honored by the Bel Air Lions Club with their annual Heart of a Lion Award. The Lions Club gave Steve the award in honor of his outstanding service to the Teen Court program. We are proud of Steve's continued service to the youth of Harford County. In his time with the Sheriff's Office, Steve molded many boy and girls and helped turn them into the upstanding young men and women they are today. Great job Steve!
AUGUST 5, 2016
Last night we were honored to celebrate the graduation of the men and women in EL-31. Please join us in congratulating this class on their amazing accomplishment!
AUGUST 3, 2016
This week is important for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. We are graduating a Law Enforcement academy, and beginning a Correctional academy. As we move through the week, we paused to honor one of our Drill Instructors. Sgt. Kevin Taylor, of the Community Service Division, has been a Drill Instructor for our agency for the past 16 years. Sheriff Gahler thanked him for his service by awarding him a Sheriff's Salute. Thank you Sgt. Taylor for helping grow so many of our recruits into the deputies they become!
Sheriff Gahler's Day at Harford County Farm Fair
JULY 29, 2016
Sheriff Gahler's Day at the Harford County Farm Fair! After checking out which little piggy he wanted to kiss for this year's Kiss A Pig, he spent some time with the miniature horses. He was careful to wash his hands after petting the animals, before deciding what fair food he wanted to eat (so many choices). There are many deputies to greet, animals to see, and good things to eat! Be sure to stop by and say hello to us, when you visit the Fair!
Harford County Farm Fair
JULY 29, 2016
We are proud of our very own Captain Jack Meckley, Commander of the Northern Precinct for giving of his time to support the Harford County Farm Fair, for 10 years! If you see him this weekend, be sure to say "Congratulations"!
National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference
JULY 13, 2016
We have 5 excited Law Enforcement Explorers from post 6600 and their advisors at Northern Arizona University this week for the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference. These individuals will be participating in different competitions, seminars, demonstrations and exhibits all in order to learn more and have fun! If you would like an opportunity like this get involved with our explorer program. Visithttp://harfordsheriff.org/youth/explorers/ for more information!
Bel Air Independence Day Parade
JULY 4, 2016
The rain is pouring, but it didn't dampen the cheers we heard from the crowd as the Honor Guard and Sheriff Gahler made their way down Main Street in the Bel Air Independence Day Parade.
"Champions for Children and Youth" Award
JUNE 24, 2016
Today, retired Captain Steve Thomas was honored by the Local Management Board of Harford County with a "Champions for Children and Youth" Award. The event was "a tribute to the unsung heroes in Harford County who go above and beyond to help our children and youth." Before retiring, Captain Thomas was commander of the Community Services Division, and was instrumental in continuing our yearly Christmas Drive, coordinating Badges for Baseball, and assisting with the Boys 2 MEN Basketball program. After 30 years serving the citizens of Harford County, Captain Thomas retired in November. However, he continues to work with the Harford County community as the Community Services Coordinator for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Congratulations Steve!
22nd Citizen's Police Academy Graduation
JUNE 24, 2016
Please join us in congratulating the graduates of our 22nd Citizen's Police Academy! The group graduated last night. We hope they enjoyed their time as much as we did!
Traffic Stop Education
JUNE 9, 2016
Did you know that Maryland’s drivers education curriculum does not require instruction on what a motorist is to do during a traffic stop?
Sheriff Gahler, hearing concerns from residents of Harford County, took steps this year to correct that, and ensure all new drivers are well educated so that every traffic stop is a safe one. Together, with the Harford County Department of Community Services, the Sheriff’s Office developed a series of videos that show young drivers what to expect during a traffic stop and DUI Checkpoint. Today, Sheriff Gahler met with MVA Administrator Nizer to discuss the Statewide implementation of instruction to our newest drivers on the proper techniques to follow when pulled over by a police officer, deputy sheriff or state trooper. We are pleased to report, the videos were well received and the MVA will be adding the topic and videos to the curriculum for all driving schools in Maryland beginning in 2017. Look for us to share the videos on our Facebook page, later this summer!
Special Olympics Maryland Torch Run
JUNE 7, 2016
We were honored today to take part in the Special Olympics MarylandTorch Run! Every year we participate in this important event. This year, our entire recruit class joined the fun as well!
Heroes Highway Bill Signing
MAY 19, 2016
Today, we had the privilege of being present at the Heroes Highway Bill signing. Thank you to our Delegation, the entire MD General Assembly, and Governor Hogan!
"Best in Homeland Security Education" Award
MAY 13, 2016
On Tuesday, Corporal Greg Dietz of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division was recognized by the Maryland Homeland Security Educational Alliance with a "Best in Homeland Security Education" Award. Best in Homeland Security Education awards recognize those who "have demonstrated exemplary service and contribution to the high school Homeland Security and Emergency Prepardness program of study in Maryland." Well done Corporal Dietz!
Police Unity Tour
MAY 11, 2016
This morning the Police Unity Tour stopped at the Harford County Sheriff's Office Southern Precinct for a wreath laying ceremony honoring our fallen heroes. Thank you riders for all you do in keeping the memories of all fallen heroes alive!
MAY 6, 2016
Today, we joined members of the public safety family from throughout Maryland at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens as we honored the four law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the past year. Our heroes, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, were among those honored. As one of the speakers said today, it was as if the heavens were crying today, sharing in our grief. But the rain wasn't going to stop us from remembering their sacrifice.#HarfordStrong
Harford County Task Force Recognized
APRIL 30, 2016
The Harford County Task Force was recently recognized by the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) at their annual awards breakfast held in Bowie, MD. The Task Force received the award for Outstanding Opioid Investigative Effort for their tireless and courageous work in calendar year 2015 in their fight against the heroin epidemic plaguing our communities. The Harford County Task Force received the award as a result of their proactive and innovative approach in combating heroin dealing, trafficking and abuse by aggressive enforcement targeting dealers and drug trafficking organizations on the federal and state level, as well as through forging partnerships, not only their law enforcement allies, but with the local Office of Drug Control Policy in supporting and participating in various education, outreach and prevention programs. The awards ceremony was attended by Captain Lee Dunbar, Lieutenant Tom Gamble and Major Bill Davis.#Hope4Harford
March of Dimes
APRIL 26, 2016
On Sunday, members of Harford County Sheriff's Office Explorer's Post 6600 lent a helping hand at the March of Dimes in Bel Air. They joined Klein's ShopRite of Maryland working a station, then participated in the walk!
APRIL 22, 2016
Today, Sheriff Gahler presented Deputy First Class Marco Barresi, who is assigned to the Community Policing Unit, the Agency's first “Ghost Vehicle”. This vehicle is a marked 2016 Ford Interceptor, with unique striping that is highly reflective a night, but subdued (ghosted) during the day. This is the first vehicle of its kind for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Being assigned to the Community Policing Unit this vehicle will be at neighborhood and community events, so let us know what you think.
APRIL 22, 2016
This week members of the Patterson Mill HS Husky Justice Society, advised by SRO/Sr. Deputy Robert Kovacs, we're visited by HCSO K9's Bullet and Jinx. They learned the invaluable role that K9's and their handlers play in law enforcement
Bel Air Moose Lodge Public Safety Award 2016
APRIL 9, 2016
Congratulations DFC Omar Martinez! Thank you to the Bel Air Moose Lodge for recognizing the dedication and service to the community by DFC Martinez and all First Responders.
A feel good story to warm you up on a chilly weekend
APRIL 9, 2016
Here's a feel good story to warm you up on a chilly weekend! The deputy says meeting this little boy made his day!
"I took my son Brayden to Wawa to get a treat for eating well this week(breaking his picky eating habit) and we saw a Harford County Sheriff's Office vehicle right up front with lights on. Brayden instantly got excited and wanted to give him a high five. Inside Wawa he said, "That was so cool! I can't wait to tell Daddy he gave me a high five! I think the police officer will like this (grabs Reese's)." We bought him a few treats and Brayden gave him the bag on our way out. He gave Brayden a Junior Deputy badge and a bracelet that said "I got caught doing something good". It was dark out but here's their photo together. Stay safe out there deputy! It was so nice meeting you. Thank you"
Beyond the Badge
APRIL 4, 2016
Tonight Sheriff Gahler and the Harford County Sheriff's Office honored those who went beyond the badge in 2015. Included in our awards were DFC Lisa Raymond, who was selected Correctional Deputy of the Year, and Senior Deputy Wil Adams, who was selected Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year. Congratulations to all award recipients.
House Bill 1581
APRIL 4, 2016
This morning, Sheriff Gahler, members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, and the families of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, were in Annapolis to witness Governor Hogan signing House Bill 1581. This important piece of legislation, named in honor of our fallen heroes, increases the maximum age that children of Law Enforcement Officers can collect certain benefits, if their parents are killed in the line of duty. We thank Governor Hogan for his tremendous support through this difficult time and applaud the men and women in the General Assembly for passing this bill so swiftly.
$67,000 raised during a recent fundraiser
MARCH 23, 2016
Today Sheriff Gahler and members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office accepted a donation from Panera in Abingdon for the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union Benevolent Fund. The Panera raised more than $67,000 during a recent fundraiser in honor of our fallen heroes, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon. We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support from our Harford County Community. Thank you! #HarfordStrong
Bel Air Knights of Columbus Council 4714 honor Deputy John Deasel, Jr. as their deputy of the year
MARCH 16, 2016
Last night, Bel Air Knights of Columbus Council 4714 honored Deputy John Deasel, Jr. as their deputy of the year! They also donated more than $1,000 to the Benevolent Fund in honor of our fallen heroes, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon. We'd like to thank the Knights of Columbus for honoring the Sheriff's Office and Deputy Deasel!
Read Across America!
MARCH 2, 2016
Today, Deputies with the Harford County Sheriff's Office had the honor to read to students at Old Post Road Elementary School for Read Across America. Our Deputies had a wonderful time reading to the students! Thank you to Harford County Public Schools for inviting us!
Detective Testifies in Support of Senate Bill 55 Child Witness-Facility and Therapy Dogs
JANUARY 30, 2016
This week, Detective Carey Gerres, assigned to the Child Advocacy Center, and Kilo testified in support of Senate Bill 55 Child Witness-Facility and Therapy Dogs. Here are parts of her testimony:
My name is Detective Carey Gerres of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, and I am assigned to the Harford County Child Advocacy Center where I, along with my team, investigate crimes against children, to include physical and sexual abuse. I also have another role that I hold not only in my professional life, but in my personal life as well... I am part of a pet therapy team with my dog Kilo who is here with me today.
Kilo and I became a certified pet therapy team through an organization called PAWS for People in 2013. I immediately saw the positive interaction between Kilo and the children we saw on our own time. I knew our CAC and its victims would also benefit greatly from having Kilo visit. So after much work and collaboration the pet therapy program was established in Harford County.
We all know there is hard science behind pet therapy and an animal's innate ability to connect with humans. There are countless statistics and numerous national news stories showcasing how animals, dogs in particular, are able to make a traumatizing experience like testifying in court just a little less traumatic for that child by simply just being there. But we are doing so much more that that when we are putting children and dogs together. Using a term I heard from a fellow therapy animal advocate, allowing a therapy or facility dog to accompany a child to court is making the criminal trial more "child-fair".
On one occasion we were asked to accompany a girl to court that had been sexually abused by an older family member. While her mother, attorneys, and other agents of the court argued the technicalities of the case the little girl spent time with Kilo behind the scenes. She played with him, brushed him, and took him for a walk. After several hours it was decided that she would not be testifying and she was reunited with her family. Her mother told me that she had been so worried about how her daughter was going to handle the judicial process that she almost considered not going through with charging the abuser. She told me that had she known from the beginning that her daughter was going to have the support of a therapy animal she would have been much less worried about the possible negative effects this process would have on her daughter. I consider this interaction between Kilo and the girl another success and a great example of what this legislation could do for our child victims.
In closing, I think regardless of what side of the courtroom you sit on, one thing we are all looking for in a somewhat complicated and sometimes unpredictable criminal justice system is a fair outcome. I think we owe nothing less to our abused children, it is the least we can do. The proposed legislation in front of you today would be the first step in doing just that.
Patterson Mill High School Husky Justice Society
JANUARY 21, 2016
This week, students with the Patterson Mill High School Husky Justice Society visited the Harford County Detention Center under the supervision of their School Resource Officer, DFC Robert Kovacs.
Child Advocacy Center Takes Safety Message Around the World!
JANUARY 21, 2016
Recently, Lt. Veto Mentzell from the Child Advocacy Center took a safety message half way around the world! He spoke virtually with students at the American International School of Guangzhou in China! Lt. Mentzell spent 30 minutes answering the students' questions and gave them some safety pointers. "It was a lot of fun for me" said Lt. Mentzell, "and my friend says that the scouts and their parents really enjoyed it too."
Explorer's Post 6600 Promotion and Awards Ceremony
JANUARY 20, 2016
Last night, the Harford County Sheriff's Office honored members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Explorer's Post 6600 in a promotion and awards ceremony. We are all very proud of these young men and women and their commitment to the Harford County Sheriff's Office and Explorer's Post 6600. Members of the Post also said goodbye to DFC Matt McGuirk who is leaving the Sheriff's Office this week. DFC McCGuirk was one of the founding advisers of Explorer's Post 6600 nearly 8 years ago.
Toy Drive Success
DECEMBER 24, 2015
Thank you Harford County! With your help our Annual Christmas Drive was able to assist 95 families, including 249 children! Every family received two bags of food along with toys for children. We were able to provide toys for children from newborn infant to 16-years-old! We'd also like to thank all of our volunteers! At least 100 people, including our explorers pictured here, helped us out this year!
Kindertime Toy Drive
DECEMBER 23, 2015
Last night, after a day delivering toys to the children of Harford County as part of our annual Christmas Drive, the Harford County Sheriff's Office joined our allied agencies for the WMAR Kindertime Toy Drive. Sheriff Gahler and Captain Mike Crabbs, of the Community Services Division, helped spread Christmas joy to kids in Baltimore.
Jones Junction Toy Donation
DECEMBER 18, 2015
On Thursday, Jones Junction Toyota donated a truck full of toys to the Harford County Sheriff's Office Christmas Drive! Thank you for your support of the community!
DFC Kalambhis Helps Citizen with Stolen Xmas Decorations
DECEMBER 9, 2015
When DFC Kalambihis responded to a call for a theft of Christmas decorations, he knew that he needed to do more than simply take a report. After meeting with 69 year old Patricia Ruby, and hearing how her entire collection of Christmas houses - one that she had been building for 40 years - as well as her tree, had been stolen from her storage unit, DFC Kalambihis took to social media to solve this case of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
First, DFC Kalambihis headed to the store to pick up a few items to rebuild Ms. Ruby's collection. When he delivered the first decoration, he said, "I made her a promise to help restore her collection". And that is exactly what he did! Using his personal social media contacts to appeal to the kindness of others, DFC Kalambihis was able to restore Christmas and Ms. Ruby's faith in the kindness of strangers. "I made a post asking for help, and in less than a single day we were able to completely restore her collection!".
A Special Thank You to Thompson Toyota!
DECEMBER 7, 2015
This weekend they held an event and collected toys for the Sheriff's Office Christmas Drive!
Sheriff Gahler's One Year Anniversary
DECEMBER 1, 2015
Today marked Sheriff Gahler's first anniversary as Sheriff of Harford County. He celebrated with deputies, staff and Councilmen Chad Shrodes and "Capt'n Jim" McMahan.
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Tonight we honored those deputies who have promoted recently. We also recognized several individuals who devoted at least 20 years of service to our agency. Thank you all for your dedication to the citizens of Harford County!
NOVEMBER 7, 2015
Deputies supported Ashton's Angels, Day of Giving today.
Honoring Jerome Heathcott
NOVEMBER 2, 2015
This afternoon, Sheriff Gahler honored Jerome Heathcott. Today marks Jerome's 45th anniversary working with the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Jerome first joined the Harford County Sheriff's Office in 1970 as a deputy wearing badge #27. Today he works as our Quartermaster. The Sheriff presented him with a plaque designating his office as Room 27, in honor of his badge number.
Safe Driving with Teenagers
OCTOBER 19, 2015
Harford County Public Schools students, faculty and parents at Patterson Mill High School are participating in a video contest to win $100,000 from State Farm to encourage Safe Driving with Teenagers. Monday at dismissal, SRO/DFC Robert Kovacs and members of The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company House 3 did a "2N2" checkpoint as student drivers were leaving the Patterson Mill Parking lot. School Resource Officer Kovacs encouraged all drivers to keep 2 Eyes on the Road and 2 Hands on the Wheel and to keep their phones put away.
Celebrating 21 Years of Service
OCTOBER 13, 2015
Today we celebrated the career of Captain John Bakie. Captain Bakie retired from the Harford County Sheriff's Office on September 1 after more than 21 years of service. Before coming to Harford County he spent two decades with the Baltimore County Police Department. Thank you Captain Bakie for more than 40 years of service to the citizens of Maryland!
OCTOBER 8, 2015
Today, deputies took part in a mobile command and communications vehicle practical exercise. This exercise allows us to test and maintain our readiness for interoperability with allied police and fire agencies in preparation of any potential incidents.
Celebrating 30 Years of Service!
OCTOBER 6, 2015
Tonight our Explorer Post honored Captain Stephen Thomas, commander of the Community Services Division, on his upcoming retirement. Captain Thomas has been instrumental in making our Explorer Post the successful program it is today. After 30 years with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the Captain is retiring at the end of the month. Good luck sir! We wish you all the best!
Breast Cancer Awareness
OCTOBER 2, 2015
Sheriff Gahler authorized the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff's Office to display their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by wearing a pink ribbon pin. On the project Sheriff Gahler remarked, "This disease has touched many of the men and women of this agency, as well as family, friends, and community members. I am proud to support such a worthy cause."
Drug Take-Back Day
SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
Thank you for all who dropped off unused prescriptions. We collected over 700 pounds in Bel Air today!
A Message from an EMS Paramedic
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
The following message was sent to the HCSO from Marcia, a paramedic with the Harford County EMS Foundation.
"I was working last night and was dispatched to Fallston's dwelling fire. Firefighters rescued two dogs, one of which was critical. Cpl. Aycock and myself worked to resuscitate both dogs. Providers from Bel Air VFC arrived later and helped us continue care. Cpl. Aycock went above and beyond last night to help the dogs. I think this is a good story to share. Kudos to him and the HCSO!"
We agree, Marcia...this is a GREAT story to share! Thanks to the dedication of these first responders, both dogs are alive and recovering at a local animal hospital.
A Helping Hand
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Two weeks ago, a group of hearing impaired individuals on their way to Glen Burnie became stranded in Harford County when their vehicle broke down. The group used what money they had to have their vehicle moved from the road. Deputy LeBrun with the Harford County Sheriff's Office stayed with the group and made numerous attempts to locate a company that would take them to their destination, even offering to use her own money to pay for the ride. Dispatcher Nikki Memmo with the Harford County Department of Emergency Services was able to locate a company, Triangle Limousine, Inc. of Harford County, who agreed to take the group to Glen Burnie. Their driver, Mark Chapman, then took the group to Glen Burnie for free. Today, everyone involved was honored by the Harford County Sheriff's Office with a Sheriff's Salute!
National Thank a Police Officer Day!
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
We had a fantastic time this afternoon raising money with Klein's ShopRite, supporting Partners in Caring - Hope for the Hungry, and spending time with the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood. Final score - HCSO 49 - Klein's 46, in overtime!
Perfect way to spend National Thank a Police Officer Day!
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Today Colonel Bodway, Major Davis, Captain Thomas and Tim Wills from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County joined together at Klein's ShopRite of Maryland in Bel Air to bag some groceries to help raise awareness to stop hunger and raise money for a local food bank!
Hope for Harford
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
"To see the dedicated efforts of the Hope for Harford workgroup come to fruition last night at the Town Hall meeting was nothing short of remarkable. You heard the call, and packed the room, sending a clear message that this community needs to do more to end heroin addiction. Thank you to the HOPE members, that have the courage to fight the good fight; our elected officials that aren't afraid to acknowledge the problem; and to the community for speaking out for those who have lost their voice. I continue to be awed by this community. I am honored to be your Sheriff." - Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler
First day of school
AUGUST 27, 2015
We hope all Harford County Public Schools students had a great first day of school! Sheriff Gahler truly enjoyed greeting the students and parents as they arrived at Riverside Elementary School this morning!
Sheriff Gahler and the members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office want to thank the citizens who helped make our roads safe today for the future leaders of our communities. Your assistance is a key element to the reduction of distracted and aggressive driving. During today's Back to School initiative, we conducted 364 vehicle contacts, that resulted in 76 speed citations, 5 drivers with suspended or revoked licenses, 13 cell phone use citations, 2 citations for failing to stop at a red light, and 1 failure to stop at a stop sign. Additionally, we made 2 arrests on active warrants, and 2 criminal arrests for possession of CDS.
It is important to point out that the vast majority of motorists on the roads today were courteous and protective of our children. This can not be over stated. We again thank you for your awareness and positive driving.
While the first day of school may have come and gone, we will continue conducting special traffic enforcement initiatives throughout the year. Thank you for your support and keep your eyes on the road.
Annual Kiss a Pig Event
AUGUST 14, 2015
Sheriff Gahler puckered up tonight for a great cause! Thank you Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County for inviting us to be a part of your Annual Kiss a Pig event.
Badges for Baseball
AUGUST 11, 2015
Today we honored all the students who took part in this summer's Badges for Baseball program, where children from all over the world joined our local kids as they worked on their Baseball skills. Thank you to everyone involved! We hope you had as much fun as we did!
Seven Harford County Sheriff's Office Deputies took part in the Ripken Camp held in Aberdeen. We want to give special recognition to Captain Stephen Thomas, who has run Badges for Baseball for the past six years. Captain Thomas is retiring in the fall and this was his last Badges for Baseball!
2015 Youth Academy
AUGUST 7, 2015
National Night Out
AUGUST 4, 2015
JULY 31, 2015
New Signs to Deter Theft from Vehicles Unveiled
JULY 30, 2015
July 4th Parade
JULY 4, 2015
Special Olympics Torch Run
JUNE 2, 2015
The Harford County Sheriff's Office supported and participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. This was our 31st year supporting our Special Olympians, a very worthwhile endeavor.
Harford Technical High School
MAY 14, 2015
Sheriff Gahler visited Harford Technical High School Harford County Public Schools and honored the Auto Body/ Collision Repair Class with a Sheriff's Salute. This class recently completed a project entitled, Repainting Disaster Response Vehicles. During this time, students completely repainted two HCSO Humvees. These Disaster Response Vehicles will be used in the community assisting citizens during an emergency. Most frequently, citizens will see them in times of weather related emergencies such as snow storms and hurricanes. The Sheriff complimented them on a job well done and thanked the students for sharing their talent with the HCSO, ultimately aiding in the safety of the citizens of Harford County.
MAY 8, 2015
As we concluded National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, the Harford County Sheriff's Office dedicated a new memorial at the Harford County Detention Center honoring the five deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Harford County. The memorial stands as a reminder of their service protecting the citizens of our great county.
The deputies honored on the memorial are:
- Deputy Frank Bateman,
E.O.W. June 10, 1899
- Deputy First Class William H. Beebe, Jr.
E.O.W. November 28, 2006
- Deputy First Class Teresa Testerman
E.O.W. November 29, 2010
- Corporal Charles Licato
E.O.W. September 6, 2012
- Sergeant Ian Loughran
E.O.W. September 13, 2012
Hope for Harford
APRIL 22, 2015
The first meeting of Sheriff's Gahler's Hope for Harford group met at Headquarters on April 22. The group is tasked with developing ideas to help combat the heroin epidemic facing our communities.
Read Across America
MARCH 1, 2015
On Friday morning, Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler, Colonel Steven Bodway and other members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office visited William Paca/Old Post Elementary School for Read Across America. We had a great time with the students and are thankful to have been invited to this fantastic event!
It seems like we had quite an impact of the students, as well. We received this message from the school. "The kids truly loved seeing the deputies and staff from the Sheriff's office. Many teachers said that they had students who now said they wanted to be police officers when they grow up. The readers stayed with the students for over 30 minutes reading to them as well as answering all of their questions."
We can't wait to come back and read with you again!
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Bel Air Elementary students were honored Wednesday night for their participation in the Patriot Program! Special guests included military personnel, dignitaries, business representatives like sponsor, Freedom Federal Credit Union and the Harford County Sheriff's Office. A flag was presented to BAES on behalf of the Sheriff's Office by Colonel Steven Bodway and we are partnering with Harford County Public Schools for this post.
Harford Community Church
DECEMBER 14, 2014
Sheriff Gahler, Colonel Bodway, and members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office spent last Saturday evening helping at the annual event at Harford Community Church that celebrates the holidays with families in the foster care system. Pastor Allan Gorman shared his thanks by saying, "I wanted to personally thank you for your incredible support for the Night to Remember. Your compassionate service to the Foster Children and Foster Families of Harford County is deeply appreciated. To see the amazed and sparkling looks from the children as you escorted them to their tables for the gala dinner honoring them was a sight to see... The people of the Harford Community Church family were so impressed by the comradery of the officers, their willingness to extend themselves on their own time to come escort families to their tables and stay the entire evening to encourage the children, pass out police badges and make the children feel loved and important."