May 20, 2024
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Want to become involved with the Anne Arundel County Police? Here are some ways!

The Anne Arundel County Police snet an email highlighting different ways the public can become involved with the police in the area.

There are many different ways Anne Arundel County community members can get involved and have their voices heard with regard to public safety in their communities. The Anne Arundel County Police Department also offers various ways for our community members to volunteer and become an integral part of maintaining public safety in the county.

Want to get involved? Here are a few places to get started!

Police Community Relations Council (PCRC)

Each district has a PCRC. Prior to COVID19, the PCRCs would meet at their respective district stations once a month. Each police district has its own PCRC, which holds monthly meetings at the district station with the following objectives:

  1. To acquaint individual citizens with their responsibility in the maintenance and preservation of law and order through the implementation of various programs.
  2. To acquaint the general public with the professionalization and operation of police activities.
  3. To secure public cooperation with the police department through better understanding and communications.
  4. To promote increased cooperation between the police and other community agencies.
  5. To serve as a base for neighborhood maintenance and improvement.
  6. To assist in crime prevention.
  7. To serve as liaison between the police department and the neighborhood.
  8. To consult with district police department personnel on problems of law enforcement within the district and render suggestions for improving police service.
  9. To assist police in the education of all citizens in how to reduce opportunities for crime to occur.
  10. To reduce juvenile crime.
  11. To refer to the police department all questions involving clarification of department policy.
  12. To promote utilization of existing facilities and agencies in the district.

Please contact your respective district Executive Officers to learn how to get involved.

Northern District
Lieutenant Jon Mahaffee
939 Hammonds Lane
Baltimore, Maryland

Eastern District
Lieutenant Fred Crosse
204 Pasadena Road
Pasadena, Maryland

Western District
Lieutenant Matt Snyder
8273 Telegraph Road
Odenton, Maryland

Southern District
Lieutenant Jason Wells
39 Stepneys Lane
Edgewater, Maryland

Guardian Shield

The AACoPD Guardian Shield program endeavors to bring our private and public sectors together. Working as partners, we strengthen our community against terrorism and domestic threats, through effective communications and training.

Police Volunteer Opportunities

One of the most important aspects of the AACOPD volunteer program is the diversity of responsibilities that volunteers undertake on a daily basis. Volunteers create and maintain a delicate balance in the Department by providing essential services in both sworn and civilian-related duties. In this way, volunteers serve as a bridge between officers and civilians as they represent their communities in all aspects of Department-related functions.

Reserve Officer Program:

The Reserve Officer is a uniformed assistant to the Anne Arundel County Police in areas such as traffic control, administrative duties, dignitary details and community relations functions. The Reserve Officer is not compensated monetarily, is not authorized to carry weapons, and has no vested arrest authority from this program. Uniforms and police transportation will be furnished for official duties. Training in police procedures is conducted in both formal classroom and on-the-job training sessions.

VIPS Program:

The VIPS (Volunteers In Police Service) Program is designed to involve civilian volunteers in non-enforcement roles within the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Members of the VIPS Program share their time and talents performing such tasks as clerical assistance, computer programming, crime analysis, data processing, graphic arts, photography and other tasks as the need arises. Volunteers in Animal Control help with the animals and assist the public who visit the facility. VIPS personnel do not wear uniforms nor are they compensated monetarily. Applicants must be age 18 or older, have a Maryland Driver’s License with a good driving record, and be capable of performing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer service per month.

Chaplain Corps:

The Police Chaplain Program provides a ministry presence to the department. The Chaplains provide pastoral care to members of the department and their families. At times they also serve members of the general public. Chaplains provide service on both a proactive and reactive basis:

Proactive Responses

  • Riding along with both Officers and Detectives while they work
  • Visitations to police personnel at the stations, hospitals, etc
  • Providing training in related law enforcement topics

Reactive Responses

  • Crisis Response – Emergency call-outs on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis
  • Crisis Intervention – Mediation or intervention for suicide attempts or threats
  • Death Notifications – Going with an officer to notify next of kin
  • Special Services – Funerals, memorial services, special department functions, officer graduations, etc

For more information, including how to apply click here–

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