Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy J. Altomare today announced that the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Director of Media Relations Lieutenant T.J. Smith will be taking a one-year leave of absence to serve the Baltimore Police Department in the same capacity pending final authorization from officials in Baltimore.
“We are appreciative of Lieutenant Smith’s contributions to Anne Arundel County and we are confident that he will represent Baltimore well,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh.
Lt. Smith has served the citizens of Anne Arundel County for 16 years as a sworn police officer, directing the Media Relations Office for the last three years. During his time with the agency, he has worked tirelessly to develop positive community relationships, and he dedicated himself to developing trust between the Police Department and the community.
Aside from his community policing efforts, he has developed a reputation for his creative uses of social media and for his transparency with the media and the public. These traits will serve the Baltimore Police Department and the citizens of Baltimore well during his year-long service.
“When we fight crime and handle crises, we (the police) don’t see boundaries, we see an opportunity to serve the community,” said Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Timothy Altomare. “Although it is hard to lose him, I am proud of the job Lieutenant Smith has done here in Anne Arundel County and I know that he will take those experiences to our partners in Baltimore.”
Lieutenant Smith’s start date will be announced by the Baltimore Police Department.