Western District

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Street Address:

1034 N. Mount Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21217

Mailing Address:

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Phone:

410-396-2477

E-mail:

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1826 - Western District History - The Western District was first located at Green St between Baltimore St, and Belvidere St. Used from 1826 until 1876 when they moved to their new location, Pine Street, (still stands to day and is used by the Maryland University Police) Baltimore Police used it from 1876 until 1958/9 when they built their new station house at 1034 N Mount St, which is the current site on the Western District.  
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Sunpaper photographer Lloyd Pearson  Date September 26, 1973

The Officers with the Shotguns are P/O Larry Lorenzo and P/O Ken Patrick - The Sun reports - Members of the Police Department's new shotgun squad, and a canine officer leave the vacant House of the Good Shepherd on Franklin Street after an unsuccessful search for trespasser who fired a shot at Patrolman Scott Garrity. The unit is expected to cut down on the increased number of gun assaults on police officers throughout the city. This unit was also put together to help prevent bank robberies by doing bank checks while armed with Shotguns and wearing bullet proof vests. Normally they would run around in plain clothes on day shift for 30 days (Squad-A) while the other Squad, "B" would be in uniform taking calls on the 4x12 in that "expanded area"  known as "Sector 6" Central.  Every month they'd switch.. Each district had their own squad/unit made up of District Operations Officers.  One day, the powers above, felt that they had to do something about the bank holdups that were occurring downtown and came up with the idea of having the Daytime Operations guys: "Squad-A" stay in uniform and carry shotguns while parading around doing random "Bank Checks".  We were tagged as "The Shotgun Squad".. who's basic job was to put a 'show of force' on the street to serve as a deterent to would-be bank robbersSquad A (dayshift Ops) got to do that for most of the spring and summer as I recall; leaving Squad B  to do their uniform thing on 4x12 taking calls.  Some say the "The Shotgun Squad" was thought to be an effective "PR" too in certain respects...

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The Western District borders five districts (Southern, Central, Northwestern, Northern, Southwestern) and is comprised of several historic neighborhoods, such as Sandtown/Winchester, Poppleton, Penn-North and Druid Hill. The Western District was also once home to Edgar Allen Poe and is where the Poe Homes are now located.

Neighborhoods

Bridgeview - Greenlawn, Coppin Heights, Easterwood, Evergreen Lawn, Franklin Square, Harlem Park, Lexington, Midtown - Edmondson, Mondawmin, Mosher, Panway - Braddish Avenue, Parkview - Woodbrook, Penn North, Penrose/Fayette Street Outreach, Poppleton, Rosemont Homeowners, Sandtown - Winchester

The Western District borders five districts (Southern, Central, Northwestern, Northern, Southwestern) and is comprised of several historic neighborhoods, such as Sandtown/Winchester, Poppleton, Penn-North and Druid Hill. The Western District was also once home to Edgar Allen Poe and is where the Poe Homes are now located

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Western District 1891

Sergeant Clowe
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Western District Officer Tim Devine 4-23-1992

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Officer Joseph William Kopinke a Baltimore City Police Patrolman and a Railroad detective. He was born in 1887,
the only son of German immigrants.
Officer Kopinke was assigned to the Western District around 1917.

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Police Officer Mark Stinchcomb badge #213,  Western District,1910-1922,

Grandfather of retired officer David D'Addario, Northwest District and Major Gary D'Addario 

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Officer WILLIAM B.VINUP

E.O.D.1910 BADGE# 922
RETIRED AS A SERGEANT 1930 ASSIGNED N.E.D.
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Roll Call Eastern District 8-19-1976

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Patrolman Raymond K. Miles Sr.

Appointed: April 19, 1926

Served Western District for 6 years

1926-1932

 

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Patrolman Raymond K. Miles Sr.

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Pay 10.00 fine for driving with 1928 TagsRay Miles case

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 WESTERN DISTRICT "A" Division

Captain Cooney Commander
September 1930

 Captain Cooney, Lieutenant Forrest, Sergeant Calder, Sergeant Ackerman, Sergeant McClusky, Sergeant Brandt, Sergeant Moore, Officer Zeiler, Officer Decker, Officer Klaas, Officer Mitchell, Officer Krause, Officer Roderick, Officer Hoban, Officer Rossler, Officer Poska, Officer Letterer, Officer Himler, Officer Miles, Officer Lawless, Officer Taylor, Officer Edwards, Officer Kurek, Officer Saunders, Officer Strass, Officer Crogan, Officer Stubberfield, Officer Oster, Officer Welsh, Officer Furricci, Officer Hart, Officer Chaulk
Patrolman Raymond Miles Sr. is pictured in the 3rd. standing row the fourth officer from the left.

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WESTERN DISTRICT "B" Division

 Captain Cooney Commander

September 1930

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Western District 1945
Located on Pine St. Officer John H Strack
(He is the Officer on the extreme left top row)
His beat for 41 years was walking around Lexington Market. He received many commendations during his tour of duty and had to shoot 2 robbers who held up the old "May" Company on Eutaw St, by the way both of these guys attended his funeral and comment how Mr. John squared them away (things have changed over the years).

Officer John Strack’s favorite saying "treat all people the way you want to be treated and you shall get along fine on the streets".

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Baltimore City Police Officer, assigned Badge # 489, circa 1920-1940's and assigned to the City’s Western District.
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Officer Jim Mitchell 1956 with his 1948 Buick

He joined the department in 1956 and was assigned to the old NWD on Pennsylvania Ave then moved into the new WD station house in 1959.

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Officer Jim Mitchell 1957

He served 26 yrs in Western District in patrol and then tunkey. Transfered to Hdqts worked for Deputy Commissiner Ed Tilghman.

He retired in 1986

Baltimore City Police Department undergoes a major overhaul of district boundaries.

August 31, 1959  

 

Baltimore City Police Department undergoes a major overhaul of district boundaries.

August 31, 1959

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Jim Mitchell, Griffin Dobyns & un-named desk sergeant

Western District 
1975 

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Officer Raymond E. Wilson

above in 1969 while assigned to Western District and
below he is holding his daughter Kathy

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 Officers Burns (1970's) and Hackley were cadets together in the late 1960's.

John, formerly Western District, later on Northern District, was shot and critically wounded while guarding a prisoner at Mercy Hospital.

 

This prisoner had been shot and wounded, after he had shot and killed Baltimore Police Officer Martin J. Greiner... LOD 12/10/1974 

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OCTOBER 31, 1974
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Joe Hlafka was shot several times and one round struck him in the face
but he survived and went back to work. He transferred to the Traffic Division
and was in the Foot Traffic unit for several years.

Joe is better known as "Night Stick Joe".
He made thousands of our famous Baltimore ESPANTOONS for our officers
and officers from around the world! He made them out of evey kind of wood imaginable.

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The old Pine Street Station which had been the old Western District
was left in tact by a decision on 02/21/1976.
Officer Raymond Miles worked there 1926-1932

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Officer Lou Trimper

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Officer Daniel Boone

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Officer Lou Trimper

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Sergeant Jerry Lober

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Sgt. Jerry Lober & Officer William Harting

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Lieutenant Glenn Egbert
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Officer William Harting

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Western District Operations Unit 1977
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Western District Wall of Honor
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Western District "Night Court"

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Western District Operations Unit 1977
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Officer Lou Trimper & Officer Bill Harting
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Western District softball team
Lieutenant Leroy Dedmond hits one out of the park
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Lieutenant Leroy Dedmon, Tom Pavis, Carl Johnson, Bob Brown, Dave Hahn
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Commissioner Bishop Robinson presents a Certificate of Retirement to Officer Jim Mitchell, who served with honor in the Baltimore City Police Department 1956-1986. Jim's wife Doris standing with him.
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Officer Eric Snair 1991 

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Sergeant Ames and Officer Mayfield Western District 2004
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Officer Haley and Officer Johnson Western District 2004
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Officer Korman Western District 2004
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Western District Sector 1 Midnight ShiftJuly 02, 2005

 

(Left to right) Arkel Hubbard, Travis Bonner, Christopher Vallejo, Sgt Schuyler Denham, Shawn B Johnson, Thomas Portz, William MacDonald, Eric Thomas
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