Unit Citation

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Any bureau, division, district, section, subdivision, unit or squad of members of the department is eligible for this award. The Unit Citation is awarded by the District Commander/Commanding Officer (or designee) to commend extraordinary law enforcement performance, attention to duty, contribution to this agency or to the general welfare of the citizens of the City of Baltimore. The criteria for the awarding of this recognition is the same as that for the “Commendation” when a group effort is recognized.

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Any bureau, division, district, section, subdivision, unit or squad of members of the department is eligible for this award. 

The Unit Citation is awarded by the District Commander/Commanding Officer (or designee) to commend extraordinary law enforcement performance, attention to duty, contribution to this agency or to the general welfare of the citizens of the City of Baltimore. 

The criteria for the awarding of this recognition is the same as that for the “Commendation” when a group effort is recognized.

The mutual and full participation of all unit members in the cited activity must be explained in detail in order to be considered for this unit distinction.

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First Unit Citation

A new meritorious service award, conceived and authorized by Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia, was issued for the first time by the Commissioner during ceremonies following graduation exercises last week.

The Narcotics Task Force of the Criminal Investigation Division's Vice Section, was singled out to receive the Department's first "Unit Citation". The Unit Citation is intended to commend extraordinary law enforcement performance, attention to duty, or contributions to this agency or to the general welfare of the citizens of Baltimore. Any bureau, division, district, section, subdivision, unit or squad of members of the Department is eligible for the Unit Citation. The criteria for this award is the same as the "Regular Commendation" when a group effort is recognized.


The Narcotics Task Force was singled out for its remarkable performance during the past several months. Moments after taking his Oath of Office on September 1, 1981, Commissioner Battaglia pledged to intensify the Department's effort to combat illegal narcotics activity. As a result, The Narcotic Task

Force was created on Sept. 14, 1981. Officers from the Criminal Investigation Division, the nine Police

Districts and the Tactical Section, came together in a coordinated effort to impact upon illicit drug trafficking in Baltimore.

The Task Force baa attacked the narcotics problem on three levels. First, the Task Force has increased efforts to seek out and arrest street level dealers. Secondly, detectives have successfully conducted investigations to reach into the centers of the organization DB which

bring narcotics into the area. Just one of these investigations recently resulted in the elimination of the largest heroin organization in the history of the city. Finally, the Task Force has reached into the community to offer information and assistance to parents who believe that narcotics have invaded their households. During the past 10 months the Narcotics Task Force has accounted for more than 1900 drug related arrests resulting in more than 4100 narcotics charges. In addition they have seized more than 450 firearms and nearly 200 other deadly weapons that could have been turned on law abiding citizens.

Aggressive enforcement, combined with treatment and prevention programs, has had a positive impact on the drug problem. Commissioner Battaglia has credited the work of the Task Force with helping in the reduction of serious crimes in 1982. The work of the Task Force baa also received considerable media attention reflecting positively on the Department Lieutenant Joseph P. Newman, Officer-in-Charge of the Criminal investigation Division Vice Section received the Unit Citation from Commissioner Battaglia. In addition, each member of the Task Force will receive a ribbon

from the Police Commissioner to commemorate the event.

The members of the Narcotics Task Force are:

Lieutenant Joseph P. Newman

Sergeant Michael J. Andrew

Sergeant Hezekiah Bunch

Sergeant Gary T. Childs

Sergeant Ralph G. Clements

Sergeant Ja:tnd H. Comega

Sergeant Gary E. Martin

Sergeant Robert Rabold

Sergeant Joseph Schanken

Sergeant Robert Schmelz

Sergeant Robert P. Sharp

Agent Robert D. DeAngelis

Agent Johnny W. Fisher

Agent Robert K. Jud

Agent Edward C. Koluch

Agent Albert M. Marcus, Sr.

Agent Roman C. Stelmach

Officer Gerald Armiger

Officer Carolyn S. Butler

Officer Anthony G. Cannavale

Officer Lloyd G. Caster

Officer Michael G. Crutchfield

Officer Christine M. Davis

Officer Harry E. Del.air, Jr.

Officer John D. Evans

Officer Gary J. Fischer

Officer Fred R. Fitch

Officer Mark F. German

Officer Joseph T. Goldberg

Officer David H. Hollingsworth

Officer Arlene K. Jenkins

Officer William Lansey, Jr.

Officer Donald F. Licata

Officer Darryl Massey

Officer Brian May

Officer Rodell W. Meachem

Officer Paul S. Miller

Officer Tony C. Restivo

Officer Walter R. Roberts

Officer Russell N. Shea, Jr.

Officer Charles E. Smith

Officer Robert Smith, Jr.

Officer Daniel G. Steen

Officer Marvin E. Syndor

Officer Ronald J. Townsend

Officer Mark L. Tomlin

Officer Melvin L. Utz

Officer Marcellus Ward

Officer David E. Webb

 

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