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Date: Sep 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 28, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772          

COPS TAKE TO THE ROOFTOPS IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARYLAND

BALTIMORE  During the weekend of Sept. 29 - 30, MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officers will take to the rooftops of the Aberdeen and Reisterstown Dunkin Donuts and collect donations for Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) during the national Cops on Rooftops fundraising campaign.

MDTA Police will be represented by good-natured officers Maj. Danielle Bradshaw-Lee and Capt. Joseph Alton, who have volunteered to spend 30 hours on the roofs of Dunkin Donuts locations at 993 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen and 48 Main Street in Reisterstown.

Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it is only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin Donuts for this light-hearted event, said Maj. Bradshaw-Lee.  This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time.  What could be better than that?

Last year, the event was held at seven locations and raised $30,000 Special Olympics Maryland.  The event was founded in 2009 by Illinois law-enforcement officers, who took to the rooftops of 94 Dunkin Donuts locations and raised more than $182,000.

SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Marylands children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities.  SOMD currently serves 10,000 athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families.  For more information about SOMD visit www.somd.org or call 410-242-1515.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 5, 2012

Contacts:  MDTA Police, Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772

                 SOMD, Jason Schriml, 410-242-1515

Fourth Annual Fort McHenry Tunnel Run

5K Event Benefits Special Olympics Maryland;
Register or Sponsor a Runner at tunnelrun.org

BALTIMORE, MD  The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will host the fourth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 16.  The race begins at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the right northbound tunnel tube.  All northbound vehicular traffic will be directed through the other northbound tube until the conclusion of the event at approximately 12 noon. 

The MDTA Police have put in place the following safety measures for the event:

  • Backpacks, fanny packs and bags/diaper bags are NOT permitted unless they are made of see-through material.  Participants should use clear plastic bags to carry items. 
  • Pets and wheeled transportation are prohibited.  However, wheelchairs, assistance dogs, strollers and small wagons used to carry children are permitted.
  • MDTA Police and Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) personnel will be stationed throughout the tunnel to assist participants as needed.

Awards will be presented to the top three males and females overall, Top Law Enforcement and to the top three males and females overall in the following age groups: 15 & under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Team awards will be presented to the top three teams overall (based on time). All event participants are invited to join in a post-race celebration sponsored by SOMD. The entry fee is $25 now and $30 on race day. 

As long-time supporters of SOMD, the MDTA Police participate in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and previously hosted the ICC 5K Run/Walk and 10-mile Family Bike Ride in Gaithersburg and the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to benefit SOMD.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Sgt. Kirk E. Perez at 410-537-7724.  Members of the media should check in at the media tent adjacent to the stage.

For directions and parking for the Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk or to register or sponsor a runner, visit www.tunnelrun.org.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772

MDTA POLICE ENTERS FOURTH WAVE OF SMOOTH OPERATOR PROGRAM
Strict Traffic Enforcement continues into the Labor Day Weekend

BALTIMORE, MD  From Sept. 2 - 8, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the fourth wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program. 

The Smooth Operator Program is a joint effort between law-enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving.  The campaign influences motorists to make decisions that help ensure a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.  For more information please visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com. 

MDTA Police continue to keep drivers aware of the dangers involved with aggressive driving, said MDTA Police Senior Commander Maj. Michael Kundrat We are dedicated to keeping our roadways safe.

The MDTA Police also support the Choose Safety for Life campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways.  This campaign encourages drivers to make safe decisions when driving on Maryland highways.

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the Authoritys highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and at the Port of Baltimore.

NOTE: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority as MDTA Police.  Thank you.