TOWSON, Md. (AP) — An early-retirement incentive could cause major attrition at the top ranks of the Baltimore County Police Department.

Roughly one-quarter of the department’s top leaders are expected to leave, and the chief of staff to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz tells The Baltimore Sun that some of the officers plan to retire on Tuesday.

The buyouts are available to officers with the rank of captain or higher. There are about 40 members of the department’s executive corps, but spokeswoman Elise Armacost says the number of officers expected to retire is regularly fluctuating.

The incentive was approved by the County Council after being proposed last month by Kamenetz.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Ray Ray1 says:

    The picture shown is Baltimore City Police officers and not Baltimore County Police lofficers

  2. moleman says:

    Let’s make the force all black & give em Escalades with 43″ spinning lighted rims & Faux fur coats.Instead of a badge , give em a thick gold chain with a picture of Chris Brown the thug or Snoop Dog on it.

  3. HERE WE GO AGAIN says:

    Police are eligable to retire at 20 years at 50% of there salary. 25 years at 75% and 30 years 80% almost the same with fire. Lets say your a captain with 30 years making $125,000.00 a year .That’s $100,000 a year just in retirement pay
    How many of you reading this will get a pension much less a $100,000 one.

    Look across the Country and you will see municpalities going broke and declaring BANKRUPCY beacause of these crazy pensions promised to Police and Fire personel.
    Don’t get me wrong the jobs that are done each department are appreciated but these pensions and BUYOUTS have got to get under control with the rest of the normal population.

    The solution. If you have 30 years in you get a nice thank you letter and shown the door. because lets face it after 30 years your just polishing a seat waiting for a TAX PAYER BUYOUT TO MAKE YOU LEAVE.

    We need young officers on the streets not old ones in the office.

  4. jr says:

    I am always impressed with how professional the Baltimore County Police Dept is. Crisp, clean uniforms, clean well maintained fleet ect. When you go from the city to the county all day like I do you can easily see the difference between the city police dept and the county. City police uniforms are anything but crisp and clean looking. Disheveled comes to mind and the fleet looks like rejects from Crazy Ray’s. Baltimore County please keep the police force standards, at least, as they are now

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