Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment hope to “CY­CLE” to suc­cess

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The Mary­land De­part­ment of Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices (DJS) is al­ways look­ing for in­no­va­tive ways to pro­vide cour­tordered youth in the ju­ve­nile jus­tice sys­tem op­por­tu­ni­ties for suc­cess­ful out­comes while ul­ti­mately cre­at­ing safer com­mu­ni­ties.

In an ef­fort to achieve these ob­jec­tives, the De­part­ment is an­nounc­ing an ini­tia­tive along with the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment (BCoPD), start­ing Septem­ber 12. The pro­gram will be known as “CY­CLE” (Com­mu­nity Youth Con­nect­ing with Law En­force­ment). DJS of­fi­cials will co­or­di­nate com­mu­nity cur­few checks of Bal­ti­more County youth who are un­der in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion by the De­part­ment with the as­sis­tance of BCoPD of­fi­cers up to twice a month. These visits will sup­ple­ment the youth’s ex­ist­ing con­tact from their DJS Case Man­ager. Per­son­nel from both de­part­ments will visit the youth in the evening to en­sure that they are com­pli­ant with his or her terms of su­per­vi­sion.

“The De­part­ment is very ex­cited to part­ner with Bal­ti­more County Po­lice on the ‘CY­CLE’ ini­tia­tive,” said DJS Sec­re­tary Sam Abed. “Our hope is that our kids will see an­other side of law en­force­ment that will help pre­vent them from mak­ing poor de­ci­sions. This pro­gram will not only foster a work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween DJS and BCoPD, but will cre­ate re­la­tion­ships and fa­mil­iar­ity be­tween po­lice of­fi­cers and Bal­ti­more County youth, as well as the com­mu­nity. The ul­ti­mate goal of this pro­gram is to main­tain pub­lic safety through­out the County, as well as make a pos­i­tive im­pact on each youth.

“It is vi­tal that the Po­lice De­part­ment works with our fed­eral, state and lo­cal part­ners in­clud­ing the De­part­ment of Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices to en­sure that Bal­ti­more County con­tin­ues to be a safe place to live and raise a fam­ily,” said Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Chief Ter­rence B. Sheri­dan.

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