Chief Kevin Davis stepping down December 1st

| November 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis will resign effective December 1, 2014.  There has been speculation if the Chief would retain his position ever since Laura Neuman lost the primary for County Executive. County Executive Elect, Steve Schuh, did not commit one way or the other on retaining the chief or fire chief Michael Cox during the election.  However, Davis released the following statement indicating the new County Executive will be proceeding in a different direction.

Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Kevin Davis

Anne Arundel County Police Chief, Kevin Davis

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible,” once proclaimed Maryland born singer/song writer Frank Zappa. The Anne Arundel County Police Department, an agency that has always enjoyed a stellar regional reputation, found itself struggling in recent years when political misdeeds contaminated its waters. When I accepted the position as Police Chief nearly a year and one-half ago, I knew the past had to quickly find its way to our rear view mirror. Positive changes with a focus on the future, then, occupied my administration’s agenda.

I am stepping down as police chief effective December 1 with great pride in the progress of our agency. The incoming administration has informed me they are heading in a different direction, and I respect the County Executive Elect’s decision to form his own leadership team. As a resident of this county, I wish the new administration and police chief nothing but the best in the years to come. They have my full support for a seamless transition.

Our mission statement, once a convoluted 200 plus word narrative that no one could recite or even describe, has been modified to reflect a statement of action: To fight and drive down all crimes while working in partnership with our community. This has served us well as we have reclaimed regional, even national, prominence that reflects who we are as one of the most important jurisdictions in the nation.

Once County Executive Laura Neuman’s Commission on Excellence and former Baltimore Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld’s task force provided the framework for change, we partnered with Johns Hopkins University to dive into internal issues that identified additional avenues for improvements.

Changes in our structure and philosophy afforded the police department a vision that produced the creation of the Chief’s Citizens Advisory Council, Chief’s Business Leaders Advisory Council, Chief’s Fit for Duty Challenge, Lifeline 100 Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency

Century Ride, Crisis Intervention Team, Operation HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention Eradication), Narcan, ultrasonic dog deterrents, Social Media Sleuths, Wanted Wednesdays, Police Applicant Mentoring Program, Metal Theft Squad, Parole & Probation VPI (Violence Prevention Initiative) call-ins, in-car camera pilot program, Take 30 for Traffic, Take 30 for Talking, additional Citizens Police Academy classes, reestablished state and federal task force partnerships, and the Patrol Officer of the Month recognition program.

My relationship with the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 70 has been productive. I met monthly with President O’Brien Atkinson, and respect his important role on our agency.

Thanks to support from County Executive Neuman, Chief Administrative Officer Karen Cook and the County Council, our authorized strength of 710 represents an all-time high for our force. The current academy class, our largest ever, includes 20% African Americans, 10% Latinos, and 25% females. The long overdue diversity needle is finally moving in a progressive direction, and will go a long way towards eventually reflecting the diversity of our community. This administration has moved the pay scale in a long overdue positive direction, over 200 new police cars are on the way, a new facility has been erected at our dilapidated police academy, and the long-dormant police cadet program is now funded.

We have dramatically enhanced transparency that earned us a Top 10 national social media ranking, reduced crime, reduced fatal crashes, partnered with the bicycle community, achieved a 95% homicide closure rate, and realized dramatic strides in community policing.

The future of the Anne Arundel County Police Department is bright. The men and women of this great organization are dedicated, professional, and determined to protect our community. After all, anything is possible with community support; without it, nothing is possible.

Kevin Davis

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