Frederick’s Unappreciated, Valuable Asset
Recently on Frederick’s Forum on WFMD-930AM, Frederick City Police Chief Kim Dine remarked to me off air that since arriving here in 2002, he has worked with three different mayors: Jennifer Daugherty, Jeff Holtzinger, and Randy McClement.
Chief Dine may have outlasted the first two thus far, and it is our hope he will stay in Frederick City for years to come.
One thing that impresses about Chief Dine is how accessible he is. He walks the beat with his fellow officers; he is available to the media; and he is known to many for his ability to lead investigations through to the end. Chief Dine, in the short time he has been here, has indeed done much for the community. He truly exemplifies his department’s Mission Statement: … to provide professional police services in partnership with our community.
Yet, what are Chief Dine’s accomplishments? As expected, they are many. In the past nine years, the department, under his leadership, has done the following:
· Built partnerships throughout Frederick City through strong community policing efforts;
· Improved customer service and technology;
· Reduced crime;
· Implemented effective crime fighting and community policing strategies; and
· Successfully acquired grants to maximize resources.
The department has also increased the various patrols in Frederick City, including Segway, bicycle, and foot patrols. It is well known that corporals and sergeants oversee each Neighborhood Advisory Council areas.
When it comes specifically to crime, the Frederick Police Department can trumpet the following success: In seven of the past nine years, reported Part 1 Crimes have been reduced.
What, you may ask, are “Part 1 Crimes?” Well, they are defined as those major crimes police agencies report to the Federal Bureau of Investigations under the Uniform Crime Reporting system. These include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
As if this weren’t enough, as the city’s population continues to grow, the Police Department has continued with other successes by implementing the following programs:
· Red Light Photo Enforcement Program;
· Photo Enforced Speed Camera Program in school zones;
· Collaborative Supervision & Focused Enforcement (CSAFE) Grant, expanding the focus in Frederick City;
· Gang Resistance Education and Training;
· Camera Program in all city parking decks;
· Electronic License Plate Readers, so that police officers can check license plates while on patrol;
· “Warrants on the Web,” an online database of those with open warrants; and
· Project EXILE, which shifted the prosecution of illegal gun possession offenses to federal court, rather than in state court.
As Frederick City’s population has increased to over 65,000, the crime rate has decreased to 341/10,000. Here’s a look at the numbers:
Year Population # of Crimes per 10,000 Persons
2002 54,538 497
2003 55,821 422
2004 57,019 410
2005 58,885 351
2006 59,843 378
2007 61,508 367
2008 61,537 377
2009 62,505 368
2010 63,473 341
One of the areas which has impressed the most people has to do with technology. Many especially like that the department has created www.policereport.us, which gives residents, specifically those involved parties, the ability to obtain accident reports through this web site. This improves customer service and makes better use of personnel.
The department has also obtained new digital video and audio equipment. The audio equipment has been used to enhance the department’s radio and communications center telephones. The digital video equipment has been used for the interior of the police headquarters camera system.
The Frederick City Police Department has done much for its citizens, thanks to the leadership of Chief Dine, and the honorable officers who work in the department. Frederick City residents can take pride in its police department.