STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WILLIAM T. MARTIN REGARDING THE PASSING OF K-9 OFFICER BENY
“It’s with great sadness we learn of the loss of K-9 Officer Beny. Officer Beny was a valuable member of our law enforcement community and a loyal servant to the citizens of Havre de Grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Havre de Grace Police Department and Officer Beny’s partner Cpl. Daniels. k-9 Beny was responsible for many arrests and for helping to place many criminals behind bars. Because k-9 Beny was active duty at the time of his passing, I have ordered the City flags to half staff in honor of his service as well as the City lights to be changed to blue.
Thank you for your service Beny. And thank you Cpl. Brian Daniels.”
The public school system is arguably one of our nation’s greatest institutions, a change agent and backdrop for social equality. Tasked with shaping the brilliant minds of our future, schools stand as prominent centerpieces in our community providing the foundation for opportunity and a sense of pride. Throughout history, they have risen to the occasion overcoming many of society’s greatest problems. They have shown us hope, courage, and inspiration. Sadly, they have also shown us some of our greatest vulnerabilities. As a leader, educator, and parent, I have seen firsthand school safety often starts at home. It begins as a kitchen table conversation that when necessary is taken to school administrators and law enforcement. It’s a regular conversation that addresses complex and difficult topics such as threats, bullying, and behavior health. As parents, we always listen, we always comfort. Admittedly, we don’t always have the answers.
As Mayor of the City of Havre de Grace it’s my responsibility to set priorities and oversee the creation and implementation of policies that serve the good of the community. Public safety more specifically school safety has and remains my administration’s top priority. Safety is the cornerstone of our community. I can tell you with certainty we have the greatest and brightest Schools Resource Officers (SRO’s) serving in each of our four schools. These officers are familiar faces in our community. Each officer receives training through the National Association of School Resource Officers to address and respond to the challenges facing our student population. This specialized training includes Single Officer Response to active shooter situations and Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training.
In addition to fulfilling their role as law enforcer they use what is known as the Triad Model which also includes educating students, and acting as informal counselors. This balance emphasizes positive community relations, working with school administrators to ensure campus security, and teaching students about our legal system. This approach also includes extra-curricular activities organized by SRO’s such as a summer safety camp program, The Bike Club, and The Safety Club.
I must admit, as a father, I still worry. Like all parents, I worry about the unknown haunted by recent scenes from tragedies like the one we saw at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
While unknowns will always exist I take reassurance in the dedication and professionalism of our police department and school administrators and their ability to work together to take preventative measures to provide school safety.
I ask all parents to talk with your children about what’s happening at school. Let them know it’s okay to tell you about problems they are having or situations that make them feel uncomfortable. Let them know it’s okay to speak up and report any concerns they may have to a teacher, administrator or police officer.
Please introduce yourself to the School Resource Officer assigned to your child’s school. Please feel free to ask them any questions or report any concerns you or your child may have about school or community safety.
The City of Havre de Grace is the home of countless individuals that on a variety of levels serve to protect us each and every day, both at home and abroad. We refer to these individuals as ‘Home Town Heroes.’ Today, Friday, November 30, 2017- we as a City honor one of Havre de Grace’s Finest who has decided to retire after a 37 year career as a Havre de Grace Police Officer.
It is great admiration and honor that the City of Havre de Grace Salutes the career of Mr Dennis Rittershofer for his dedication and commitment to our City.
For those citizens that lived here during the mid 1980’s, we can recall the mayhem and the overnight siege of the city, and the events of Sept. 18, 1986, when Frank Edward Green, of Far Rockaway in Queens, shot and killed Officer Pyles, a Toll facilities Officer, along with the shooting of two Havre de Grace Officers and a Harford County Deputy.
Upon responding to the call Officer Rittershofer received a serious and debilitating gunshot wound to the head. After a number of surgeries and rehabilitation, Officer Rittershofer returned to the force and completed his career in the Havre de Grace Police Department’s Administrative Services Division.
Today, as is customary for its retiring Police Officers, the Havre de Grace Police Department will fly it’s Flag with Officer Rittershofer’s name embroidered on it , signifying the end of a career in Law Enforcement as one ‘Our Finest ‘ and ‘A Job Well- Done , to one of our Home Town Heroes’!
Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you from the City of Havre de Grace and its citizens who you unselfishly protected.
IN HONOR OF THE LIFE OF CPL. STEPHEN J. BALLARD OF THE DELAWARE STATE POLICE, THE CITY UP LIGHTS WILL BE LIT BLUE APRIL 27, 2017.
This evening April 27, 2017 the City of Havre de Grace will light the up lights blue to honor the life of Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard of the Delaware State Police. Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard shall be remembered as a hero who gave his life protecting his fellow citizens.
MAYOR ORDERS UP LIGHTS BLUE TO HONOR FALLEN SHERIFF DEPUTIES
By order of Mayor William T. Martin, the City up lights will be lit blue Friday, February 10, 2017 to honor the life’s and distinguished careers of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
February 10, 2017 marks the one-year date of the fatal shooting of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon while in the line of duty.
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Havre de Grace donating concert proceeds August 11 concert will benefit Harford Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Fund
Havre de Grace, MD (August 1, 2016) – HAVRE DE GRACE – The City of Havre de Grace has been successfully promoting and hosting a series of new concerts at the waterfront Hutchins Park at the foot of Congress Avenue all summer long. But the concert Thursday, August 11, featuring KISS tribute band Cold Gin, promises to be even more special to concert goers.
The Mayor and City Council, working with local law enforcement, are dedicating 100 percent of proceeds from the concert to the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Fund. The fund is a non-profit charitable organization that the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union formed in 2006 for the sole purpose of collecting donations and providing the infrastructure to give money from the fund to Police, Firefighters and EMS personnel in our area in their time of need.
“Havre de Grace has always been extremely supportive and appreciative of our first responders,” explained Mayor William T. “Bill” Martin. “These concerts have become a unique and fun way for our community to come together and just enjoy themselves. We felt because of that sense of community spirit and camaraderie created by the concerts, that dedicating proceeds to support law enforcement, fire and EMS responders was the right thing to do.”
Havre de Grace Police Chief Teresa Walter noted the fund was established in 2006 and is a non-profit charitable fund. “The sole purpose of the fund is to assist all Harford County first responders – police, firefighters and EMS and their families if, unfortunately, something happens to them in the line of duty,” Chief Walter explained. “This donation is phenomenal, greatly needed and truly appreciated.”
Tickets for the Cold Gin concert are $20 and available by clicking the link at www.explorehavredegrace.com. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m., on Thursday, August 11, at Hutchins Park. The KISS tribute band has recently performed in Gettysburg, PA, and Ocean City, MD, as well as Hollywood Casino, before returning to Havre de Grace for this concert under the tent in Hutchins Park at the foot of Congress Avenue.