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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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05/26/2020
Bike Safety

A little different #TrafficTipTuesday for you this week. We're giving Sgt. Lane a break and brining you a message from Senior Deputy Rich Dean.

With the weather finally warm, many of you will be enjoying the chance to get outside (while maintaining social distancing). Senior Deputy Dean has some important safety tips to keep you safe while riding your bike!

05/26/2020

Thank you to the residents in the Richwood Road area of Bel Air for your patience and cooperation. We were called to the area at approximately 11:15 pm, on Monday night, for an assault with a firearm, with possible hostages inside the residence.

It was determined that this was a FALSE report.

The apartment was empty and all residents were safe. We apologize for any disruption, but sincerely thank you for your time and patience as we moved cautiously to ensure the safety of all.

"We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and...
05/25/2020

"We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue."
-James A. Garfield

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Charles William Bell, who was last se...
05/24/2020

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Charles William Bell, who was last seen on Sunday May 17, 2020 at approximately 4:30pm leaving Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore County Maryland.
Mr. Bell has brown hair, blue eyes, is 5’10” tall, weighs approximately 225 pounds, and has a scar on his left shin.

Anyone who has information about Mr. Bells’ whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or the Northern Precinct at 410-692-7880.

Meet Sata!  Sata is the newest K-9 member of the HCSO family, and he's extra special! Sata is the first Electronic Stora...
05/21/2020

Meet Sata! Sata is the newest K-9 member of the HCSO family, and he's extra special!

Sata is the first Electronic Storage Detection (ESD) canine in the State of Maryland!

What does that mean? That means Sata is specifically trained to search out electronic media storage devices, such as cell phones, hard drives and flash drives!

Assigned to the Child Advocacy Center with Detective Carey Gerres, Sata (sounds like Data) will be instrumental in helping put child predators behind bars!

Additionally, Sata is cross trained as a therapy and comfort dog. He will support, and provide comfort to, child victims who visit the CAC and their families. Sata succeeds Kilo, the Child Advocacy Center's first therapy dog who passed away in October, who was also assigned to Detective Gerres.

“K9 Sata will allow the Harford County Sheriff’s Office to expand our investigative capabilities to address the growing number of cases involving digital media,” said Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler. “Access to this cutting edge opportunity greatly enhances our abilities to protect the most vulnerable among us – our children.”

Sata was trained by Jordan Detection K-9, the company that trained K-9 Bear who helped find key evidence that led to the conviction of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. The costs of purchasing and training him were generously provided by Neighborhood Electronic Detection K-9 Inc, a non-profit formed specifically to fund and provide fully-trained ESD K9s to law enforcement in order to remove child predators from our streets.

Additional funding was also provided by the Harford County Task Force, and the Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services.

05/20/2020
Physical Fitness Standards for Hiring

Did you know we're hiring!?

Here is some information, if you're interested in becoming a Law Enforcement Recruit, about our physical fitness test.

We're also hiring for Law Enforcement Records Technician.

For more information, visit our website. The link is in the comments.

It's with heavy hearts we announce the passing of retired K9 Brandy.  Brandy served as the K9 partner of Senior Deputy C...
05/19/2020

It's with heavy hearts we announce the passing of retired K9 Brandy. Brandy served as the K9 partner of Senior Deputy Charlie Holthaus from 2008 until her retirement in 2018. Brandy was trained in narcotics detection and article search, and helped bring many drug dealers to justice.

After retirement, Brandy enjoyed her life as a member of the Holthaus family playing with the other animals in the home and spending time with her people.

Our thoughts are with Sr. Dep. Holthaus, his family, and his active K9 partners J-Lee and Carley.

Memorial Day is Monday, and with the State partially reopen, Sgt. Lane has an important message for you! #TrafficTipTues...
05/19/2020

Memorial Day is Monday, and with the State partially reopen, Sgt. Lane has an important message for you! #TrafficTipTuesday

"Welcome to Traffic Tip Tuesday! I’m going to take a break from talking about speed today, although I shouldn’t.

The Memorial Day Holiday is just a few days away and I want to remind everyone to please drive safely. We have moved to a partial open status and I have seen an increase in traffic on the roads. Although the bars remain closed, business is booming for liquor stores. Believe it or not, people are still drinking and driving, you would not believe the number of DUI arrests we have made between 1 pm and 11 pm during this pandemic.

For those of you that will be out enjoying the holiday weekend, be responsible and make arrangements if you are partaking of the alcoholic beverages.

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

You know him as Deputy “Mitch”, the SRO at Joppatowne High School, but we know him as hard-working, dedicated, passionat...
05/17/2020

You know him as Deputy “Mitch”, the SRO at Joppatowne High School, but we know him as hard-working, dedicated, passionate Senior Deputy Khalid Mitchell. And this week we got to honor him after he was selected Police Officer of the Year by the Bel Air Knights of Columbus.

Congratulations Mitch, we’re proud of you!

UPDATE:Ms. McGuire has been located safe and unharmed.  Thank you for you shares!--------------------MISSING PERSONThe H...
05/15/2020

UPDATE:
Ms. McGuire has been located safe and unharmed. Thank you for you shares!
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MISSING PERSON

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate Dolly McGuire, 79. She was last seen at approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon in the 1300 block of Locust Avenue, Bel Air.

She is 4'11" and weights 115 pounds. Dolly has short grey hair and walks with a limp. She was last seen wearing a long sleeve blue shirt with flower print, and navy blue pants.

Her family is concerned for her wellbeing.

If you see her, please call 911, or the Northern Precinct at 410-692-7880.

We will never forget.
05/15/2020

We will never forget.

05/13/2020
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Join us as we virtually honor all those Law Enforcement Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil, May 13, 2020

05/13/2020
Child Abuse Awareness

During the COVID-19 pandemic, children may not have regular contact with individuals who are trained to see signs of child abuse. If you suspect a child is a victim of child abuse, report it!

For more information, go to dhs.maryland.gov/knowthesigns.

Join us tomorrow night as we virtually gather to honor all those who have died in the line of duty while protecting the ...
05/12/2020

Join us tomorrow night as we virtually gather to honor all those who have died in the line of duty while protecting the citizens of our great Nation!

Thanks to generosity of Verizon, National Police Week presenting sponsor and our broadcast partner, the Annual Candlelight Vigil will be accessible to more than 1 million people on May 13. Get everything you need at: https://bit.ly/2V2zreG #UnitedByLight

Seriously, Sgt. Lane…AGAIN?  People still driving 100 mph? "Welcome to Traffic Tip Tuesday! I hate to beat the subject i...
05/12/2020

Seriously, Sgt. Lane…AGAIN? People still driving 100 mph?

"Welcome to Traffic Tip Tuesday! I hate to beat the subject into the ground, but I’m going to discuss speed again. I’ve read all the comments on my prior posts and several of them state that we need to get out and conduct enforcement, we are. I personally have been making it a point to work speed enforcement over the past couple of weeks. Most of my stops have been people doing 30 or more over the posted speed limit. On Monday, I worked with the Traffic Task Force, and stopped three vehicles doing 30 or more over the posted speed limit- 100, 91 and 86. And I wasn’t working on I 95, I was on Rt. 40.

When someone drives at these speeds, they don’t understand the risk involved. Any number of things can happen- someone can pull out or unexpectedly change lanes, something ahead may cause vehicles to suddenly brake, animals, pedestrians, tire blow out, the list goes on and on. Traveling at higher speeds dramatically increases the severity of crashes. Over the last couple of weeks I have read numerous articles from different regions of the country, all of them say the same thing. The number of crashes are down due to a lower volume of traffic, but the fatality rates have increased because people are driving at significantly higher speeds. If you don’t care much about yourself, think about your loved ones and friends. I don’t want to have to knock on your door and tell your loved ones that you’re not coming home, I’ve had to do it too many times and it doesn’t get any easier.

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

P.S. I’ll be out just about every day handing out autographs on the bottom of citations!"

In 1999 someone killed 13-year-old Sarah Jane Forrester.  She was found in Woodlawn, but Baltimore County Police Departm...
05/12/2020

In 1999 someone killed 13-year-old Sarah Jane Forrester. She was found in Woodlawn, but Baltimore County Police Department say she was last seen in Edgewater Village.

If you have any information about this cold case, contact Baltimore County Police. Let's help them bring justice for Sarah.

Sarah Jane Forrester was just 13 yrs old in 1999 when her body was found in a wooded area near Belmont Park Apts in #WoodlawnPrecinct. Call 410-307-2020 with information and help #BCoPD find justice for this little girl. Read details of her case here: https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/canyouhelpsolvethemurderofateenagegirl

05/11/2020
We're hiring

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Looking for a rewarding career with plenty of room for advancement? Interested in a career that will allow you to try multiple jobs while working for retirement?! Then check us out!

We're currently hiring for a Law Enforcement Records Technician, and Law Enforcement Recruit. Check out the comments for the link to our website to apply!

05/10/2020
Harford County Sheriff's Office

ICYMI....Take a moment to remember those who sacrificed it all to protect our community. We will never forget.

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, a time to acknowledge and thank the men and women who work in correctional facilities across this Country. Next week will begin National Police Week, a time to recognize and honor America’s law enforcement community. Although these weeks are dedicated to correctional deputies/officers and law enforcement deputies/officers, past and present, they are centered on those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Our fallen heroes and their families are certainly at the center of our thoughts during this time and for this reason, in 2017, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office held our first annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony. To honor those we have lost in service to their community, we have dedicated the first Tuesday following Maryland’s Annual Fallen Heroes Day as our day to remember those members of the Sheriff’s Office who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year, conditions caused by the pandemic will prevent us from joining with our survivors in remembrance. Although we cannot be together, the virus will not keep us from marking this time of reflection.

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” — Cardinal Gaspard Mermillo...
05/10/2020

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” — Cardinal Gaspard Mermillod

Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there! And thank you. We are who we are, because of you!

More thanks to share today!  Cornerstone Restoration donated 100 vehicle cleaning and decontamination kits for our patro...
05/09/2020

More thanks to share today! Cornerstone Restoration donated 100 vehicle cleaning and decontamination kits for our patrol cars. We can’t say it enough, we are part of the best community!

Thank you Coca-Cola for your generous donation of 300 cases of flavored seltzer water!  We are proud to be part of such ...
05/09/2020

Thank you Coca-Cola for your generous donation of 300 cases of flavored seltzer water! We are proud to be part of such an amazing community!

An important moment for victims of sexual violence and intimate partner abuse in Harford County.Representatives from She...
05/06/2020

An important moment for victims of sexual violence and intimate partner abuse in Harford County.

Representatives from Sheriff’s Office, Office of the State’s Attorney and SARC (The Sexual Assault Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc. SARC (Harford County) Sign Memorandum of Understanding.

Although much of the state is now working from home, the important work at the Family Justice Center continues to focus on offering services so community members can stay safe. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler, State’s Attorney for Harford County Albert J. Peisinger, Jr. and Luisa Caiazzo, CEO, of The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc. (SARC), solidified a comprehensive and multifaceted response to sexual violence and intimate partner abuse in Harford County by signing a Memorandum of Understanding for the operation of the Family Justice Center, located at 23 North Main Street in downtown Bel Air.

The Family Justice Center was opened in 2006 following a long-recognized importance of cooperation among agencies in confronting the problem of intimate partner and sexual violence in Harford County. In order to further enhance communication and coordination of efforts, the Family Justice Center brought police officers, prosecutors and victim advocates together in one single location. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence can access a wide range of supportive resources, such as victim advocacy, legal assistance, crisis support, safety planning, support from law enforcement and access to shelter and other community resources. Understanding that a collaborative approach is the most effective method to combat this type of crime and support survivors of violence, this Memorandum of Understanding formalizes each organization’s continued commitment to work together to find solutions to keep Harford County citizens safe and provide access to critical lifesaving services.

Harford County is distinguished as one of only 40 or so centers of this type in the United States and other countries. “The family justice center model is an effective and seamless delivery system of critical services,” said Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler, “the assistance that is provided from each of the involved agencies supports victims and ultimately saves lives.”

Although all agencies have had strong working relationships and have collaborated at the Family Justice Center for over a decade, a review of services and systems was conducted and the partners renewed their commitment to hold perpetrators accountable and provide critical support to victims of intimate partner violence. “Intimate partner violence and the tragedy caused to families is an outrage,” said State’s Attorney Albert J. Peisinger, Jr, “working with our partners, we have all increased the resources at the Family Justice Center, strengthening the ability to provide critical services and justice for vulnerable victims.”

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking. In addition to strong investigative and prosecutorial elements, the Family Justice Center includes a robust advocacy component. SARC provides legal advocates in addition to crisis consultants who work to coordinate support to high lethality domestic violence cases. SARC has been providing free services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking in Harford County since 1978. Services include a 24 Hour-Helpline (410-836-8430), counseling for adults and children, legal advocacy and representation, a confidentially located safe house and hospital accompaniment.

“We are committed to working together to prevent incidents of intimate partner violence and helping victims access resources to heal, said Luisa Caiazzo, CEO of SARC, “the center is a single point of contact for victims.”

WOW…Did Sgt Lane say 120 mph?  Please slow down, Harford!  And read this week’s #TrafficTipTuesday with Sgt. Mike LaneWe...
05/05/2020

WOW…Did Sgt Lane say 120 mph?

Please slow down, Harford! And read this week’s #TrafficTipTuesday with Sgt. Mike Lane

Welcome to Traffic Tip Tuesday! Last week I told you that the HCSO would be increasing traffic enforcement and we did not let you down. Most of the stops I made last week were people doing 80 mph or more and I wasn’t working on I-95! A deputy stopped one vehicle for doing 120 mph and nine vehicles were stopped for doing 30 or more over the posted speed limit last week. The callousness and nonchalant attitude is mind blowing. It’s not like I’m hiding behind bushes or something, I’m sitting on the side of the road and people blow by with blatant disregard.

As I’m writing this, Cpl. Todd just called and advised that he had just stopped a car doing 110 mph in a 45 mph zone. The car was racing another vehicle but he could not get both stopped. This car was being driven by a young female, and was occupied by two male passengers AND HER 3 YEAR OLD CHILD!

Each of these violations would be subject to a $530 fine and 5 points.

I’m dumbfounded and honestly, I just don’t know what else to say. Stay safe; slow down, wear your seat belt, put down the phone and drive sober. Have a good day.

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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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