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Acceptable Use Policy Communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, HCSO expects all of its users to be respectful of others. If you notice any violation of this Acceptable Use Policy or other unacceptable behavior by any user, please report it to [email protected]. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office’s page is designed for the sole purpose of outreach for the agency and affiliated partners. Posts to this page by our agency will be limited to items related to Harford County Sheriff’s Office activities and the business of our affiliated partners. Please note as a law enforcement agency, there are some types of content that we cannot allow on our site. Listed below is many prohibited items, please note these are merely examples. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, but instead helpful in understanding our expectations and guidelines. While we understand that everyone has different opinions, the HCSO will make the sole determination as to whether posted content is acceptable for our site. Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains Content that: is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive; violates any party’s right of publicity or right of privacy; is threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; promotes or encourages violence; is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way; infringes or violates another party's intellectual property rights (such as music, videos, photos or other materials for which you do not have written authority from the owner of such materials to post on the service); is illegal or promotes any illegal activities; promotes illegal or unauthorized copying of another person's copyrighted work or links to them or providing information to circumvent security measures; contains “masked” profanity (e.g., [email protected]&#); contains references to information that is considered evidentiary and could hinder an investigation; contains any advertising, promotional materials, "junk contains any advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation. Simply put: “Keep it clean”, “Don’t try to trick people”, and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” We do our best to monitor what is posted on the site, and will review content from periodically its sole discretion to determine compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy. The HCSO will make all determinations as to what content is appropriate at its sole discretion. We may include, edit or remove any content at any time without notice. Please note that this site is not monitored 24 hours a day. If you have an emergency please call 911. Urgent matters should be directed to the precincts. Opinions expressed by visitors to the page do not reflect the opinions of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
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This morning Corporal Todd was working school bus enforcement, making sure drivers stopped for the bright red flashing l...
02/26/2020

This morning Corporal Todd was working school bus enforcement, making sure drivers stopped for the bright red flashing lights on the big bright yellow school buses (really, you can’t miss it!).

At just two bus stops he ticketed four drivers who completely ignored the flashing red lights.

We can’t stress this enough, it’s for our students safety.

And don’t think you’ll get away with a warning. Since the start of the school year, Corporal Todd has stopped 70 cars for this violation, and has written 70 citations.

It's #WantedWednesday, do you recognize these two?  #HarfordWanted
02/26/2020

It's #WantedWednesday, do you recognize these two? #HarfordWanted

In 2013, someone murdered Quinton Stokes.  We are still trying to locate his killer, and a reward for information has be...
02/26/2020

In 2013, someone murdered Quinton Stokes. We are still trying to locate his killer, and a reward for information has been increased to $5,000.

If you have information that could lead to the arrest of his killer, call Metro Crime Stoppers Of Maryland at 1-866-7LOCKUP!

Rain is back in the forecast as the cold returns, and Sgt. Lane has a reminder for you if you are one who likes to leave...
02/25/2020

Rain is back in the forecast as the cold returns, and Sgt. Lane has a reminder for you if you are one who likes to leave your car running to warm up...

"Welcome to #TrafficTipTuesday! The forecast is for rainy weather today and tomorrow, don’t forget to turn your lights on while driving!

Today I’m going to talk about leaving your vehicle unattended while running, again. Just last week, we had a motor vehicle theft in one of our communities. The vehicle owner started the vehicle to let it warm up and went back into his residence. A minute or two later, he heard the vehicle taking off. It happens that quick.

You see it all the time; vehicles parked in front of local convenience stores running, keys in the ignition and doors unlocked. Criminals are opportunistic and these are perfect opportunities for them. Sometimes the vehicle is taken just to get from point A to point B, but often times the stolen vehicle is used to commit other crimes.

The law pertaining to unattended vehicles can be found in Maryland Vehicle Law Transportation Article 21-1101 Unattended motor vehicle. Sub-section a states “Duty of driver upon leaving unattended vehicle.—Except as provided in subsection ( c) (pertains to animals left in vehicle) of this section, a person may not leave it unattended until the engine is stopped, the ignition locked, the key removed, and the brake effectively set”.

Most of the newer cars now have key fobs allowing for automatic starting and push button start/stop. Section 2 of 21-1101 pertains to this technology and states “Subsection (a) of this section does NOT apply to a person who: (i) Is in charge of a motor vehicle that has had the engine started using a remote keyless ignition system and has been operating unattended for UP TO 5 consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion; or (ii) Allows a motor vehicle that is locked and is on private property NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC to operate unattended for up to 5 consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion”. The penalty for violations of 21-1101 is a $70 fine and 1 point.

Stay safe; slow down, wear your seat belt, put down the phone and drive sober! Have a great day! "

Sheriff Gahler is trying out a new badge, what do you think?The results are in!  Be sure to check out this edition of Ha...
02/25/2020

Sheriff Gahler is trying out a new badge, what do you think?

The results are in! Be sure to check out this edition of Harford Magazine where you voted for Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler,
Sr. Deputy M. Anthony DeMarino, and Deputy Robert Witt as Harford's Best! Congratulations to all this year's winners!

ACTIVE ASSAILANT TRAININGNext week we are offering the first of four dates in 2020 of our Active Assailant training.  We...
02/24/2020

ACTIVE ASSAILANT TRAINING

Next week we are offering the first of four dates in 2020 of our Active Assailant training.

We still have spots available, so register today!

02/22/2020

Visitation at the Harford County Detention Center has been canceled today, February, 22.

Welcome to Animal Control, here hold this snake!  Officer Ciarra Heine is one of our new Animal Control Officers who is ...
02/20/2020

Welcome to Animal Control, here hold this snake!

Officer Ciarra Heine is one of our new Animal Control Officers who is undergoing field training. Today, she was with Officer Marika Krejci, when they got the call for the owner surrender of this ball python.

That's one way to "break in the newbie!"

Here is Governor Larry Hogan posing with therapy and facility dogs from Maryland Children’s Advocacy Centers. Earlier th...
02/20/2020

Here is Governor Larry Hogan posing with therapy and facility dogs from Maryland Children’s Advocacy Centers. Earlier this week Governor Hogan issued a citation to the Maryland Children’s Alliance (MCA), the dogs, and their handlers in recognition of HB311/SB101 which establishes a program to provide therapy dogs to child witnesses in any circuit court proceeding.

Detective Carey Gerres with the Harford County Sheriff's Office and assigned to the Harford County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is holding a framed picture of her Yellow Labrador, Kilo. Kilo was the first ever therapy dog for the Sheriff’s Office and worked with Detective Gerres at the CAC to help children and their families. Detective Gerres and Kilo worked closely with Senator Bryan Simonaire while drafting pilot legislation for the Court Dog and Child Witness Program and were the reason Harford County was chosen as one of two pilot jurisdictions, along with Anne Arundel County.

Sadly, Kilo passed away last October before the final bills could be realized but his legacy lives on.

Next to Detective Gerres is Dione White with the Harford County Department of Social Services – Child Protective Services and her Shih Tzu, Dizzy. Ms. White is assigned to the Child Advocacy Center where Dizzy also works as a therapy dog. Both Kilo and Dizzy were trained through PAWS for People (Pet-Assisted Volunteer Visitation Services).

The Harford County Child Advocacy Center is a multidisciplinary task force who collaborates for the prevention, intervention, investigation, prosecution, and healing of child maltreatment. Their team consists of members from the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, Harford County Department of Social Services, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, the Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace Police Departments, a local pediatrician, and Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. For more information about the CAC, please visit their website at harfordcac.org.

Photo courtesy: Patrick Siebert

That's a HUGE box of candy!!  A special thank you to Travis, Turner and Mia who stopped by the Northern Precinct on Mond...
02/19/2020

That's a HUGE box of candy!! A special thank you to Travis, Turner and Mia who stopped by the Northern Precinct on Monday to thank our Deputies for all they do!

We can sure get behind that kind of thank you!

Psst....hey Damon, Toni....we have a warrant out for your arrest....Help us out, turn yourself in.  We won't mind you sa...
02/19/2020

Psst....hey Damon, Toni....we have a warrant out for your arrest....

Help us out, turn yourself in. We won't mind you saving us the trouble of having to find you, we promise!

But we do have to apologize in advance, Shamrock Shakes may be back, but they're not on the menu at the Detention Center!

#WantedWednesday #HarfordWanted

02/18/2020
Amyclae Community Thefts from Vehicle

We say it all the time, but let this video tell it. Lock your car and take your valuables with you! Watch as someone looks into a car with a flashlight, doesn't see anything worth taking, and moves on!

This happened in the overnight hours of February 7 into February 8 in the Amyclae Community. We recieved multiple calls of individuals going through cars, or items stolen from cars.

If you recognize them, or have information about the incidents, call our Northern Precinct at 410-692-7880.

We were honored to have little Aubrey join us for a visit this week at Headquarters and the Memorial Blood Drive. She is...
02/15/2020

We were honored to have little Aubrey join us for a visit this week at Headquarters and the Memorial Blood Drive. She is the granddaughter of our fallen hero Mark Logsdon, and during her visit she made the comment that when she grows up she’d like to be a police woman!

One year ago this week, a young boy tragically lost his father to senseless violence. His father, was Timothy Youngquist...
02/14/2020

One year ago this week, a young boy tragically lost his father to senseless violence. His father, was Timothy Youngquist.

Murdered on February 10, 2019, Tim Youngquist was killed while delivering food in the 700 block of Monticello Court in Edgewood.

Help us bring his killers to justice, and you could earn a $10,000 reward. If you have information, call Metro Crime Stoppers Of Maryland at 1-866-7LOCKUP

Our thoughts and prayers are with the two officers, one from Baltimore Police the other from Baltimore County Police, wh...
02/13/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the two officers, one from Baltimore Police the other from Baltimore County Police, who were shot in the line of duty yesterday.

16-year-old murder suspect apprehended! Anthony Martin, Jr., was apprehended without incident on February 12, in a resid...
02/13/2020

16-year-old murder suspect apprehended!

Anthony Martin, Jr., was apprehended without incident on February 12, in a residential area of Baltimore City, by members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Apprehension Unit, with assistance from allied agencies. Martin has been charged, as an adult, in connection with the November 1, 2019, homicide of Joshua Crouse in Edgewood.

Martin is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center awaiting a first appearance before a district court commissioner.

2/13/2020 UPDATEThank you for your shares, Anthony Martin, Jr. was taken into custody without incident.-----------------...
02/12/2020

2/13/2020 UPDATE
Thank you for your shares, Anthony Martin, Jr. was taken into custody without incident.
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2/12/2020 UPDATE:
Thank you for your shares, Jacob Cosner has satisfied his current support obligation and his warrant has been recalled.
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ORIGINAL POST:
It's time to bring back an old, young, face to #WantedWednesday. We arrested his father this weekend, now it's time to find 16-year-old murder suspect Anthony Lamar Martin, Jr. Junior, turn yourself in. Help us organize that family reunion at the Detention Center!

If you know where he, or any of these other #HarfordWanted subjects are, give us a call!

Today, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, stood with Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Cecil County Sheriff Sc...
02/11/2020

Today, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, stood with Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams, law enforcement leaders, Angel Families, and representatives from the MD Senate and House of Delegates to oppose to HB 388 and HB 677.

Sheriff Gahler remarked, "Sadly, Maryland’s Legislature has introduced several bills that will make Maryland a sanctuary state. Going back as far as 2008, I committed to bringing 287(g) to Harford County and, in 2016, President Obama’s Administration approved the program. This program allows local detention center officers, working under ICE supervision, to identify and process for removal those individuals who are in the Country illegally and booked for another crime.

Once an individual is identified, ICE determines the course of action related to any immigration action. Those individuals identified as having the highest priority are those individuals who present a threat to public safety.

As your Sheriff, responsible for keeping our Harford County safe, the 287(g) Program provides me one more tool to accomplish this mission. During my first term as Sheriff, I was pleased to announce that crime had fallen each year and at the end of last year to another all-time low for our County. I credit our crime reduction success to our complete public safety approach to crime fighting and our priorities which are inclusive of the 287(g) Program.

Returning these offenders back into our community to further victimize our citizens is certainly not an effective strategy to reduce crime and keep law abiding citizens safe. Becoming a sanctuary state is not the way to focus on public safety."

An important Traffic Safety message from Sgt. Lane on this dreary Tuesday morning.  #TrafficTipTuesday"Welcome to Traffi...
02/11/2020

An important Traffic Safety message from Sgt. Lane on this dreary Tuesday morning. #TrafficTipTuesday
"Welcome to Traffic Tip Tuesday! The weather is supposed to be rainy this week, don’t forget to use your lights! I was looking at the National Safety Council (NSC) website and it had some interesting information on it. Some of the information I have talked about before, but it is worth repeating. Over 90% of all motor vehicle crashes are caused by HUMAN ERROR. The NSC lists the most common errors as; missing road hazards or detecting them too slowly, choosing incorrect defensive driving actions, and driving in a distracted or altered state. We all know about the dangers of driving distracted. Thousands die each year in motor vehicle crashes due to cell phone distracted driving. Hands-free devices and dashboard infotainment systems are not the answer, research shows these technologies lead to cognitive distraction and inattention blindness (NSC). Driving in an altered state includes impaired driving and driving fatigued. Driving fatigued, you are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash. When you are operating a motor vehicle, your undivided attention is needed. Remember, it takes all of us to improve safety on our roadways. Stay safe; slow down, wear your seat belt, put down the phone and drive sober!"

You have until 4pm to join us and donate blood in honor of Pat and Mark #thinblueline #harfordstrong #gonebutneverforgot...
02/10/2020

You have until 4pm to join us and donate blood in honor of Pat and Mark #thinblueline #harfordstrong #gonebutneverforgotten @ Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company

Four years ago, our community mourned when two heroes were murdered in the line of duty. The memory of Senior Deputy Pat...
02/10/2020

Four years ago, our community mourned when two heroes were murdered in the line of duty. The memory of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon lives on every day as our deputies continue to honor them by protecting and serving the great people of Harford County.

“In Valor there is Hope”
- Tacitus

#HarfordStrong

Congratulations to the most recent graduates of the Harford County Pledge Program. Last week, these students completed a...
02/07/2020

Congratulations to the most recent graduates of the Harford County Pledge Program. Last week, these students completed a course and took the following pledge:

"I pledge to live a drug free life, help my friends and family, to be drug free, set a good example, respect my mind and body and show my friends that a drug free life is a better life."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the two officers with the Anne Arundel County Police Department who were shot in the l...
02/06/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the two officers with the Anne Arundel County Police Department who were shot in the line of duty last night.

2/11/2020 UPDATEThank you for your shares, Danielle Guerin's warrant has been served.---------------------------ORIGINAL...
02/05/2020

2/11/2020 UPDATE
Thank you for your shares, Danielle Guerin's warrant has been served.
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ORIGINAL POST
Naz, Naz, Naz, you're back on #WantedWednesday again...

Please help us find you, we really don't want to keep sharing your picture, we'd rather get our hands on a new booking photo of you.

If you know where Naz or Danielle are, give us a call.

#HarfordWanted

02/04/2020
Blood Drive

Four years ago, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon were murdered in the line of duty.

On Monday, the anniversary of their deaths, we will honor them with a blood drive for the American Red Cross. Details below.

We dealt with some fog last week, and it raised some questions, do you need headlights when it's foggy?Sgt. Lane has an ...
02/04/2020

We dealt with some fog last week, and it raised some questions, do you need headlights when it's foggy?

Sgt. Lane has an answer in this week's #TrafficTipTuesday:
"Welcome to Traffic Tip Tuesday! I have received several questions in regards to use of headlights when it’s rainy or foggy out. Maryland Vehicle law Transportation Article 22-201.1 When lighted lamps are required states “Every vehicle on a highway in this State, at any time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead, shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as respectively required in this subtitle for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles, and further that stoplights, turn signals and other signaling devices shall be lighted as prescribed for the use of these devices.” Transportation Article 22-201.2 (a)Use of headlights when windshield wipers are operated states “When required.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this subtitle, if a driver of a vehicle on a highway operates the vehicle’s windshield wipers for a continuous period of time because of impaired visibility resulting from unfavorable atmospheric conditions, the driver shall light the vehicle’s headlamps.” The fine for 22-201.1 is $60 no points. The fine for 22-201.2 (a) is $50 no points and is a secondary violation (law enforcement cannot stop you for this violation alone).

That’s a lot of words to say that you are required to use your headlamps when you are using your windshield wipers or you can’t make out things at a distance of 1000 feet. Notice too, when you are required to use your headlights, daytime running lights do not suffice; your rear lights must be on also. Use some common sense, if you are having trouble seeing vehicles without lights on, they are having trouble seeing you. I hope everyone has a great day! Stay safe; slow down, wear your seat belt, put down the phone and drive sober!"

Important safety quiz! Answer Key!  How did you do?False: We can dispatch a deputy via Facebook.True:  You need to call ...
02/03/2020

Important safety quiz! Answer Key! How did you do?

False: We can dispatch a deputy via Facebook.
True: You need to call 911 to have a deputy respond.

True: HCSO social media feeds are monitored by only two people.
Yep, only two of us! Cristie Hopkins, Director of Media and Public Relations and Kyle Andersen, Public Information Officer. (See picture! That's us!)

False: This page is monitored 24 hours a day.
True: We will get you an answer within 48 hours. But, this page isn't continually monitored. (See above- only two of us!)

Why is this important? This weekend, someone used Facebook Messenger to report an emergency that needed immediate attention. Luckily, we saw it and were able to provide a response. But, the reality is, it could have remained unread for hours.

If you need help - Call 911.

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Acceptable Use Policy Communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, HCSO expects all of its users to be respectful of others. If you notice any violation of this Acceptable Use Policy or other unacceptable behavior by any user, please report it to [email protected] The Harford County Sheriff’s Office’s page is designed for the sole purpose of outreach for the agency and affiliated partners. Posts to this page by our agency will be limited to items related to Harford County Sheriff’s Office activities and the business of our affiliated partners. Please note as a law enforcement agency, there are some types of content that we cannot allow on our site. Listed below is many prohibited items, please note these are merely examples. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, but instead helpful in understanding our expectations and guidelines. While we understand that everyone has different opinions, the HCSO will make the sole determination as to whether posted content is acceptable for our site. Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains Content that: is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive; violates any party’s right of publicity or right of privacy; is threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; promotes or encourages violence; is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way; infringes or violates another party's intellectual property rights (such as music, videos, photos or other materials for which you do not have written authority from the owner of such materials to post on the service); is illegal or promotes any illegal activities; promotes illegal or unauthorized copying of another person's copyrighted work or links to them or providing information to circumvent security measures; contains “masked” profanity (e.g., [email protected]&#); contains references to information that is considered evidentiary and could hinder an investigation; contains any advertising, promotional materials, "junk contains any advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation. Simply put: “Keep it clean”, “Don’t try to trick people”, and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” We do our best to monitor what is posted on the site, and will review content from periodically its sole discretion to determine compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy. The HCSO will make all determinations as to what content is appropriate at its sole discretion. We may include, edit or remove any content at any time without notice. Please note that this site is not monitored 24 hours a day. If you have an emergency please call 911. Urgent matters should be directed to the precincts. Opinions expressed by visitors to the page do not reflect the opinions of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

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