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MDTA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE

IN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS

ACROSS MARYLAND

#nationalnightout

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Tomorrow night, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will join our law-enforcement partners from across Maryland during the 34th Annual National Night Out.

 

"National Night Out is an opportunity for law enforcement to continue to build on its positive relationships with community residents, businesses and civic groups," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

 

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together in a positive environment, which often includes block parties, cookouts, festivals, parades and other events. Law- enforcement agencies will provide safety demonstrations, seminars, youth activities, interaction with officers and exhibits.

 

Local community members will have the opportunity to interact with the men and women of the MDTA Police during events in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Charles, Harford and Prince George's counties. In addition, police equipment will be on display and personnel will be available to provide information about the agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 18, 2016

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK

JUST ONE MONTH AWAY

Register Today at tunnelrun.org & Support Special Olympics

BALTIMORE, MD - In just one month, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers the unique opportunity to run or walk beneath Baltimore's Harbor at the eighth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The event, which benefits Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD), will begin at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the northbound right tunnel tube.

"The MDTA Police is proud of its long-standing partnership with SOMD," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "There's no better opportunity to support the dedicated and inspiring SOMD athletes than by enjoying a Sunday morning run or walk through a tunnel that is recognized far and wide for its engineering achievements."

To register as an individual, to form or join a team or to support a registered runner/walker, visit tunnelrun.org. Awards will be presented in various categories, including numerous age groups for men and women. Participants are invited to a post-race celebration sponsored by SOMD. The entry fee is $35 through Sept. 15 and $40 thereafter.

All northbound Interstate 95 traffic will be directed through the tunnel's northbound left tube until the conclusion of the event at approximately 12 noon. Minimal traffic impact is expected.

As avid supporters of SOMD, the MDTA Police participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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 MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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Contacts: MTA Media Relations
                 
Sandy Arnette: 410-767-8367
                 
Paul Shepard: 410-767-3935

 

MDTA Police Media Relations
                 
First Sgt. Jonathan Green: 410-977-5772

 

MDOT Media Relations
                
Erin Henson, Teri Moss: 410-865-1025

 

Maryland Department of Transportation Congratulates
Police Academy Graduates

 

New Police Officers to Protect Port, Airport, Transit, Tunnels, Bridges
and Tolled Highways

 

BALTIMORE, MD (JUNE 9, 2016) - The Maryland Department of Transportation and Secretary Pete K. Rahn congratulate this year's police academy recruit officers as they graduate tonight after finishing seven months of rigorous training and certification. Joint training was conducted by certified Maryland Department of Transportation' s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) police academy training instructors. Police officers will protect Maryland's citizens and visitors, serving at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and transit facilities, and at the state's tolled tunnels, bridges and highways.

During the graduation ceremony at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, police recruits were addressed, took the Oath of Office and received their badges designating them as police officers. Awards were presented to class members for exceptional performance during the training program.

The academy class of 19 MTA police recruits and four MDTA police recruits illustrates the strong working relationship between both agencies.

"As one MDOT, we're keeping Maryland's citizens and visitors safe and secure as they use vital transportation assets throughout the state from the port and the airport to transit and our tunnels and bridges," said Deputy Transportation Secretary R. Earl Lewis, Jr. "I know with each call and every person our officers help, their training, professionalism and integrity will be front and center."

"We are pleased this new class of MTA police officers will help build on our record of being the safest transit system in America with the lowest number of serious crimes for any major transit system in 2014 and 2015," said MTA Administrator/CEO Paul Comfort. "The state's police academy transit policing program highlights our commitment to achieving our goal of offering safe, efficient and reliable transit with world-class customer service."

"Partnering is critical to law enforcement," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "The MDTA and MTA police forces serve side-by-side to protect Marylanders as they use our transportation system. I'm proud of our new officers and of our academy staff who worked diligently these last seven months to instill the core values and character these officers will rely on throughout their law enforcement careers."

Dignitaries who attended today's ceremony are Deputy Secretary Lewis, Deputy Secretary James

F. Ports, MTA Administrator/CEO Comfort, MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee, MDTA Police Col. Jones and MTA Police Col. John Gavrilis.

The MTA Police are among the top 12 transit police agencies in the nation with more than 200 sworn and civilian professionals. The MTA recently captured both the prestigious Gold Award for Safety and the Gold Award for Security from the American Public Transportation Association - awards given to agencies with the best overall bus safety or bus security programs.

The MDTA Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh largest law enforcement agency in Maryland with more than 600 sworn and civilian professionals. MDTA Police are responsible for law enforcement at the MDTA's highways, tunnels and bridges, the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. The force is one of

15 law enforcement agencies nationwide that is certified through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) under its Tri-Arc Award of Excellence.

About the MTA

Maryland Department of Transportation's Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MTA operates Local and Commuter buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system, and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland's 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. The MTA's mission is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtaamaryland.

About the MDTA

Since 1971, the Maryland Department of Transportation's Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has been responsible for constructing, managing, operating and improving the State's toll facilities, as well as financing new revenue producing transportation projects. The MDTA's eight toll facilities - two turnpikes, two tunnels and four bridges - help keep traffic moving in Maryland. All of the MDTA's projects and services are funded through tolls paid by the customers who use MDTA facilities. For more than four decades, the MDTA has provided Maryland's citizens and visitors safe and convenient transportation facilities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE INTERCEPT MORE THAN 8,000 PACKS
OF UNTAXED CIGARETTES ON I-95 IN BALTIMORE

State Comptroller Determined More Than $16,000

In Lost Tax Revenue

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have arrested a New Jersey man who had more than 8,000 packs of untaxed cigarettes with a retail value exceeding $51,000 in his car.

On Wednesday, an MDTA Police officer stopped Ronaldo R. Gracia, 42, of Newark, N.J., on northbound I-95 in Baltimore County. Gracia, who was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon, had his vehicle's rear license plate obscured. After a brief roadside interview, the officers located the cigarettes throughout the vehicle's interior and took Gracia into custody without incident.

"I am really grateful for the continuing victories our State's transportation law-enforcement professionals are having in this ongoing battle against cigarette smugglers. We have a truly efficient cross-government partnership with these men and women that is giving smugglers fits," Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said.

The MDTA Police contacted the Comptroller of Maryland - Field Enforcement Division regarding the seizure, and an agent charged Gracia with transporting cigarettes within Maryland without the tobacco tax being paid and unlawfully possessing more than 30 cartons of unstamped cigarettes. The total tax loss for the state of Maryland is $16,040. In addition, the MDTA Police charged Gracia with failure to maintain a legible registration plate free from foreign material.

The investigation revealed Gracia was traveling from Virginia to New Jersey. After processing, Gracia appeared before a District Court Commissioner where a $75,000 bail was set.

In late February, the MDTA Police also recovered more than 20,000 packs of untaxed cigarettes with a retail value exceeding $133,000 following a traffic stop on
I-95 in Baltimore County.

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 MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI 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.

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Nov. 18, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE PROVIDES REMINDERS FOR THE
UPCOMING HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON

BALTIMORE, MD  With the holidays approaching rapidly, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Communications Unit reminds motorists using the States toll facilities to drive safely and remain vigilant during their travels.

Motorists requiring emergency assistance should dial 911. Non-emergency assistance is available by dialing #77. When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide the following:

  • The location of the emergency
  • A call-back telephone number
  • Details of the incident/accident/disabled vehicle/or other circumstances

The dispatcher will ask a series of questions to help ensure that the caller receives the proper emergency response. Motorists are reminded to please be patient with the dispatcher and answer all questions to the best of your ability. The more information provided, the more prepared officers and personnel will be when they arrive on the scene to provide assistance.

"Police dispatchers traditionally have been the life-line for police officers throughout the law enforcement community," said MDTA Police Chief, Colonel Michael Kundrat. "We appreciate our dispatchers and all that they do for our police officers and the public we serve."

Thank you for your cooperation and best wishes for a safe holiday season.

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 MDTAs 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. Thank you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR SIXTH ANNUAL
FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK

2013 Event Raised More Than $40,000

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host the sixth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 21, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the northbound right tunnel tube.

"There is still time to register for this years Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk," said event coordinator MDTA Police Captain Joseph Alton, Jr. "We are excited about this opportunity to raise financial support and awareness of the many vital programs provided by Special Olympics Maryland."

To register or to support a registered runner/walker, visit tunnelrun.org. Awards will be presented in various categories, including the top three overall teams. All event participants are invited to a post-race celebration sponsored by SOMD. The entry fee is $30 during pre-registration and $35 on race day.

All northbound Interstate 95 traffic will be directed through the tunnels northbound left tube until the conclusion of the event at approximately 12 noon. Minimal traffic impact is expected.

As long-time supporters of SOMD, the MDTA Police participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Media planning to cover the event should contact MDTA Police Public Information Officer 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green at 410-537-7724.

For Immediate Release:

May 2, 2014

Contact:  1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police held its Annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony today to honor seven officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Off. George Neil Ramsburg, Off. Robert Franklin Pyles Sr., Off. Thomas (Jackie) Roland Crouch, Off. Duke G. Aaron III, Off. Grant Francis Turner, Cpl. Robert Thomas Krauss and Cpl. Courtney Gerald Brooks were honored during the event held at the MDTA Police Headquarters Memorial Garden in Baltimore.

"Today, we are proud to gather to honor and remember our brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice serving the State of Maryland," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael Kundrat. "Our survivors need to know that their loved ones will never be forgotten."

Several survivors joined Col. Kundrat and the MDTA Police Honor Guard at todays ceremony. Former MDTA Police Chief and MSP Superintendant Marcus Brown was also in attendance. Current and retired MDTA Police officers also gathered to honor their fellow officers prior to the start of National Police Week.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MEDIA ADVISORY
MDTA POLICE TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

WHAT: Tomorrow, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will honor their Fallen Officers and their surviving family members at the MDTA Police Memorial Garden.

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014
              10 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: MDTA Police Headquarters
                 4330 Broening Highway
                 Baltimore, MD 21222

Directions:
 

From northbound and southbound I-95 (Exit 56). At the traffic signal at the end of the ramp, turn left onto Keith Avenue. Follow Keith Avenue, which merges into Broening Highway. Proceed past Seagirt Marine Terminal and Turners Station. As Broening Highway begins to merge with I-695, make a left at the sign for MDTA Police Headquarters. Proceed into the parking lot.

From I-695 east: (over the Francis Scott Key Bridge): Take the first exit past the toll plaza (Exit 44). At the bottom of the ramp, turn right into the parking lot.

From I-695 west: Make an immediate right after the Key Bridge toll plaza into the parking lot. Continue through the power gate and turn right onto Authority Drive. At the end of Authority Drive, make a right at Broening Highway. As Broening Highway begins to merge with I-695, make a left at the sign for MDTA Police Headquarters. Proceed into the parking lot.

Members of the media who plan to cover the event should contact 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, MDTA Police Public Information Officer, at 410-537-7724.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 31, 2013

 
Contact:  1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

        

MDTA POLICE ACTIVELY

SEARCHING FOR AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS

 

BALTIMORE, MD From Aug. 4 through Aug. 17, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the third wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program. 

The MDTA Police strive to reduce the amount of aggressive and distracted drivers on the highways, and this is a great way to promote the education and enforcement of these daily issues, said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael Kundrat. The easiest way to reduce aggressive driving is to allow more travel time to get to your destination.

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.  

Smooth Operator began in 1997 and focuses on the four Es: Enforcement, Education, Evaluation and Engineering.  Law-enforcement agencies throughout the region have increased patrols and public awareness, researched previous campaigns and helped develop long-term roadway solutions.  For more information, please visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com.

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.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2013

 

Contact:  1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

          

MDTA POLICE IDENTIFY VICTIM IN FATAL HIT AND RUN CRASH

Alcohol may have been a factor in crash

BALTIMORE, MD Yesterday at about 11:20 a.m. a truck driver was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision on I-95 northbound in the area on mile marker 54.1 in the Locust Point area of Baltimore.

Yesterdays fatal hit-and-run crash once again brings to light the importance of motorists taking personal responsibility for their actions while driving motor vehicles. said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat. We cant stress enough the importance of motorists being careful as they travel Marylands highways.

Jeffrey R. Anderson, 57, of Chicopee, Massachusetts was struck and killed during the crash by a northbound vehicle on I-95.

After striking Mr. Anderson, the vehicle continued to strike Mr. Andersons tractor/trailer and a tire service vehicle that had just finished repairing a flat tire on the tractor trailer. The tractor/trailer was on the right shoulder of I-95 when the collision occurred.

A suspect vehicle was stopped several miles from the crash scene with significant front end damage consistent with a pedestrian collision. The vehicle was a 2004 Pontiac with Maryland Registration operated by Peggy Kathleen Turner, 45, of Baltimore, MD.

The MDTA Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is conducting the investigation into the collision. Members of the unit have spoken to multiple witnesses to the collision. Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The investigation is on-going and charges are pending against Ms. Turner.

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.

 

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