Travers praises law enforcement
CAMBRIDGE — At the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 19, Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers praised local law enforcement agencies for their cooperation during a recent alleged incidence of threats being made against the Cambridge Police Department.
“I would just like to commend all sides of the law enforcement because you read about these things sometimes in the nation’s news,” said Travers. “I’m just so pleased that our law enforcement– from the city, to the sheriff, to the state police, to the state’s attorney, to the marshals–everybody worked together to do what needed to be done and eliminated people getting hurt.”
Former Cambridge police officer Matthew Russell Collins, 47, of Cambridge, was arrested Tuesday, July 12 and charged with making a threat of mass violence and seconddegree assault.
According to the sheriff’s department, a deputy received a text message from Collins that implied his intention to attack the Cambridge Police Depar tment headquarters and kill a member of the administrative staff.
“We didn’t have that problem,” Travers said. “We are very blessed, and I thank them for their teamwork because that’s the way it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be all agencies working together, pulling together, for one common goal, and the goal was to not have an incident like that.”
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the case by the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office, Cambridge Police Department, Maryland State Police and the United States Marshal’s Office.
Collins was suspended from his position at the Cambridge Police Department in April 2011 and dismissed by resignation under unfavorable circumstances in March 2012, according to charging documents.