Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll
"EVER ON THE WATCH"
CITATION OF VALOR
Sworn members who have sustained gunshot wounds, stab wounds, or serious injuries under aggravated and hostile circumstances which could result in death, or permanent disability while acting in their official capacity are eligible for this award. Authority for the issuance of the Citation of Valor lies solely with the Police Commissioner. Detective Driscoll was awarded this award by Commissioner Batts after suffering 12 years of disability from a 2001 Line of Duty Injury that caused the total loss of use to his left leg, partial loss to his right leg, and for weakness in his left arm/hand. A year later after doctors determined Ken was getting worse from other injuries and reduced him from Monoplegic to Paraplegic he was awarded a second, "Citation of Valor" as these injuries came as a result of injuries received in 1993 while helping an officer on an on-view signal 13 in which the officer was being overtaken by a suspect high on drugs, Ken came up from behind and was able to end that threat. Ken wasn't injured in that case until the suspect's family attacked Ken and the prisoner on the way to the wagon. The injuries received in 1993 were so serious at the time that they nearly ended Ken's career with the Baltimore Police Department. Ken took the estimated workers compensation settlement and used it to retrain himself in the area of interview/interrogation. He went through LSI (Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation) Where Ken studied and learned SCAN Scientific Content Analysis (sometimes known as Statement Analysis) so well Avinoam Sapir once called him a Guru on the subject. That training cost us $1400 at the time and revived his career, earning him four more, “Officer of the Year Awards”, and several other awards, as well as having many (including Deputy Commissioner Debbie Owens) saying, “He was one of the best interrogators on the force at the time”. That added ten years to Ken’s career, a job he has always loved. Now, he is unable to walk at all and suffers constant, chronic pain on his left side arm/leg/foot as well as pain in his right lower leg. Right shoulder, etc. Ken went from being labeled Monoplegic, to Paraplegic because his injuries are deteriorating so badly in his body. Below is a photo painting of Detective Driscoll (a self-portrait)
What follows are several events from Ken's career with the Baltimore Police Department, and why he fell in love with police work in a city that didn't care; but an agency full of men and women that not only took an interest, but never gave up. When you read the history of this department, you'll quickly understand why these men and women are so proud to have been part of the Baltimore Police Department's history.
Retired Detective Kenny Driscoll
The Retired Benevolence Association 2016 Officer of the Year Presentation
by Mike May
The Plaque Reads as Follows
The Baltimore Retired Police Benevolent Association,
with immense pride and undying gratitude, present
this award, on behalf of all it's members, to
Detective (Retired) Kenneth James Driscoll
For A Lifetime of Dedication to the Baltimore Police Department,
Its Active and Retired Members and to the Law Enforcement Profession.
Your Loyalty, Compassion, and Steadfast Indomitability Inspire Us.
You Honor All of Us by Remaining Around Us.
Your Efforts Strengthen and Inspire Us. Your Spirit Elevates Us
The Grateful Members of the BRPBA
June 15, 2016
The Following is the Speech Written and Read by Mike May
The Baltimore Retired Police Benevolence Association
"Semper Paratus; Semper Fidelis - Always Prepared; Always Faithful.
The December 2015 BPD news article about Ken concluded by saying he tries to live up to that motto. He doesn't merely try; he does.
After an extraordinary career, ended all too soon by excruciating and debilitating injuries, Ken, along with his wife, Patty, to this day, keeps the faith by maintaining a chronicle of the routine heroism and sacrifice that are part of the lives of all police. He keeps the faith by financially and emotionally supporting those police who have fallen on hard times. He keeps the faith by helping police, injured years before, receive well-deserved recognition for their valor. He keeps the faith through his service to all of us--and through the example, he sets by the way he lives his life.
Our identification card says "Served with honor." Ken surely embodies not only that but more as well. He serves with honor too. For that we recognize him.
A superb investigator and interrogator, he spent his own money to learn the SCAN technique, analyzing speech patterns, manners of expression and inconsistencies
Not immediately apparent to ferret out the truth while building a rapport with criminal suspects. He taught it to fellow police. He improved all of them.
During his lifetime and a sterling career, he received no less than 7 officer of the year awards, in addition to 3 Unit Citations, over 100 letters of commendation, 3 Bronze Stars, 2 Commendation Ribbons, a Police Commissioner's Special Service Ribbon, 3 Safe Driving awards (a significant achievement to someone who tried to set a demolition record) and 2 Citations of Valor. He also amassed 2 Gold Records from the Recording Industry for success in counterfeiting investigations, a Special Certificate from the Secret Service, Awards from the Motion Picture Industry, a Mayor's Citation, the Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit.
And I've probably forgotten some.
Most important, he earned and continues to earn, the undying respect and gratitude, along with Patty, for what he now does. When his career ended at the beginning of the millennium, his injuries, agonizingly painful, left him with severe physical limitations, without the ability to walk or to use his left arm. At the end of the day, his body failed. His Spirit and Loyalty to all of us did not. It got stronger.
When Bill Hackley immigrated to Heaven, Ken took over the Baltimore Police History website. It's become a labor of love. At a time when police endure the most vitriolic and demeaning of attacks, when police face criminal indictments and prison for merely doing their jobs -- Jobs they took a sacred oath to do, Ken Driscoll, sometimes a voice calling out in the wilderness, undaunted and unafraid, every day brings public attention to the courage and compassion that are the hallmark of the law enforcement profession, every day.
Unsatisfied with all that, he went to Facebook. He began "This day in police history." he reverently remembers our dead, those who made the ultimate sacrifice because he memorializes them, and us, for what they were and we are, not, as some would denigrate us, badge wearing hooligans, but as what we really are, heroes, although all of us, especially Ken, would eschew that description.
Ken, along with Patty, is among our most heroic. Despite a broken back and partial paralysis, confined to his wheelchair, he inaugurated the retroactive Citation of Valor program. Not satisfied with that, the website, Facebook and the Museum, he also helps seriously injured law enforcement officers deserving of the benefits file for and obtain PSOB benefits.
The IACP Police Officers' Oath says, "On My Honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions." Ken Driscoll, throughout his life and continuing career, lives and embodies that oath.
Tonight (15 June 2016) we honor an individual who, merely by being among us, honors all of us. Please rise for a true hero of the Baltimore Police, Detective Kenny Driscoll."
Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll
Ret. Detective Ken Driscoll, joined the department in June of 1987. After the Academy he was assigned to the Central District, where he quickly learned to police Sector 3 (Whitelock and Brookfield – 136 car) He worked in Sector 3 from 1987 until 1994, while in patrol he was trained in real world police work by veteran officers like Joe Stevens, Kenny Byers, Jon Pease, Eddie Coker, Freddy Fitch, Bobby Ackiss, Terry Caudell, and several others. Between then and 1994, Det. Driscoll would partner up with several other good police, like Delmar "Sonny" Dickson, Chuck Megibow, George Trainer, John Calpin, Jonny Brandt, and Gary Lapchak, all would become lifelong friends.
In 1994 after learning that new SCAN (Scientific Content Analysis) technique, while still in patrol he used it to clear a couple of serious cases; The first was an A&R, Armed in which the suspect was shot. The 2nd, a Carjacking, in which the suspect was arrested in the victim’s car outside of a nightclub in Central District’s Sector 4. Using S.C.A.N. Ken was able to get to the bottom of both cases, and show that the shooting was a drug deal in the Eastern District, not an ATM Robbery in the Central. The Carjacking was a car rental in exchange for drugs when the car wasn't brought back fast enough, and the car owner came down from his high enough to realize he just loaned his car to a stranger. The car owner called in a false report of a Carjacking. Central’s Major at the time was Major Leonard Hamm, he was so impressed with the results of Driscoll’s interview skills, and this new Statement Analysis Technique that he transferred Kenny into Central's Major Crime Unit.
At the time the S.C.A.N. technique was so new, the department refused to pay the more than $1400 Ken had paid for his training. When briefly explained, it just didn't sound possible that using just the subjects "words" could help close a case; pronouns, verb tense, and other parts of speech; in Baltimore, they felt with lower education of many of the suspects, it would be useless; if it had any real use at all. The concerns about undereducated and those with poor grammar were quickly put to rest. This is a technique in which Ken was trained to compare the words in a statement, to other words in the same statement. So basically he was looking for changes in language in the suspect's own language. It has been used with illiterate suspects, and doctors with equal results.
Over the next 11 years Ken would go on to show it was a valuable tool, and like the polygraph, it was based on changes in the subject's language, working to establish, and then compare the subjects norm. Education doesn't matter when you compare the statement against itself. Ken used to hand the subject a pad of paper and say, “Write down what happened, spelling and grammar don't count; just tell us what happened from start to finish.” He was the first in the department to be fully trained, and actively using the process. In 1996 Det. Driscoll received his third of six “Officer of the Year Awards”, this award came as a result of the success he was having closing cases with this new technique (now in its fourth year of use by Ken in patrol and the MCU.) By 2003 When Ken retired, he had been using it to assist other units throughout the department, as well as the State's Attorney's office, and several other jurisdictions, if they had statements but were stumped, some of those agencies, were the Md. State Police, the FBI and surrounding local Police Departments, Baltimore County, AA county etc. Just before leaving the department Kenny wrote a training course, and trained two Homicide In-Service Classes, then left for surgery and never came back, in his absence Det. Danny Grubb completed teaching his course to the remaining Homicide classes.
While in Central District’s Major Crime Unit, a DDU (District Detective Unit) Ken worked with Sgt. Randy Dull, Officer Danny Mitchell, Jim Schuler, Janice Peters, Ed Chaney, Dennis Gunther, John Emminizer, Pam Storto, Jim Eigner, Kerry Council, and tons of other good police. They were also in constant contact with CID Detectives, like Detective Paul Oros, Henri Burris, Lt. JoAnn Voelker, Victor Gearhart, Major Richard Faltheit and tons of others. Lt Larry Leison recognized Driscoll's talents and how strong a tool it was in Statement Analysis that Ken had brought back to the BPD. Sgt.Dull also enjoyed the new SCAN Technique, having a lot of faith in Ken, often going to bat for him when some of the old school brass didn't get it or refused to buy into it. Sgt.Dull used Ken's stats to shut them up. Ken was trained by Avinoam Sapir, who eventually would call Ken a, “Guru” on the subject after Ken uncovered several linguistic traits that held serious meaning (became great clues) They handled statements like crime scenes, preventing anyone from contaminating their crime scene was interesting, pointing out where the subject was told what to say, was downright scary to some.
This unit from Central went from a District MCU to a DDU/MCU in late 1999 early 2000, and all of the members of the unit at the time received the new title of Detective.
EOD 17 June 1987 - RFD 29 May 2003
Since making this sign Ken has received two more awards, including
his 2nd Citation of Valor and his 7th Officer of the Year
1991 - Ken's 1st Officer of the Year
1992 - Ken's 2nd Officer of the Year
1994 - Ken's 3rd Officer of the Year
1996 - Ken's 4th Officer of the Year
1996 - Ken's 5th Officer of the Year
1998 - Ken's 6th Officer of the Year
2016 - Ken's 7th Officer of the Year
( with Daughter Jamie and Grandson Zachariah )
1996 Ken's 1st Gold Record from the RIAA
The Recording Industry Association of America
1999 Ken's 2nd Gold Record from the RIAA
The Recording Industry Association of America
Old Home Office with Awards, Memorabilia, and BPD Police Collectables
looking under the 1996 Gold Record you'll see the Central District Mug Shot Placard
Balti. Co. - Certificate of Commendation
Unit Citation 1995
FTO Training - COC
Mayor Citation 1995
1987 MPTC Diploma
Secret Service - COA
2nd of four LSI Certficates of Completion for SCAN training
RIAA - COA
MPAA - COA
Purple Heart - Police Officer Hall of Fame
Day 1 on the job - 17 June 1987
5 years on the job - 1992
10 years on the job - 1997
12 years on (lost some weight and had to get a new card) 1999
2001 - 14 Years on the job
Should be a law against getting this ugly in less than 15 years
1998 Gold Records from the RIAA
2000 Gold Record from the RIAA
The Pretty Good Person Award
He came to the district to receive his, "Pretty Good Person Award," After being wanted for burglary and having trouble catching up to him, he was reached by phone and told he won an award, he asked what for and was told his neighbors "put him in" and he won. He asked if it came with money, we said sure, what is an award without a cash prize and certificate. Then he was told he had to get right down there, the Mayor was waiting, and he was not waiting long. So he rushed down, wouldn't you know it, he missed the Mayor, but could still get his award and a cash prize. His pick was taken twice, on this shot, Jimmy Eigner changed "1. 2.. 3... Say Cheese" to "1. 2.. 3... You're under arrest!" you can see the look on his face as he realized he was caught. Then he asked if he can still get the cash award... so we gave him a couple cents and took him to lock-up.
This guy was told he looked like a wanted person and then shown the poster upside down, he stood on his head to prove it wasn't him on the poster. The things people will do to clear themselves. I would have righted the poster to show it wasn't me.
A Little Patrol Fun "Pushups or Handcuffs"
My partner and I built a rapport with most of the people we came into contact with, before long some of the things we had said as a joke became what people would request, in this case, a program we made up for loitering, "Push-ups or Handcuffs" they would do 10 push-ups and get off our corner. This and our "Calendar Program" where we gave a calendar if they were clean after a search, It was a simple Photoshopped Calendar with our picture on it and the month. So one night we stop some guys and they were clean, we go to cut 'em loose, and one takes a few steps turns around and asked, "Where are our Calendars?" this was particularly funny because we remembered the people we had stopped, and we had never stopped these two, so word was getting out that we gave calendars out.. (They were nice, they had a place to fill in court dates or work schedules!) We ended the program after a year because John didn't like a Santa hat I put on his head in Photoshop, he liked even less the white out job I did while removing the Santa hat, it made him appear bald. They were good times, it was midnight in Central. We worked Pennsy and Gold 137 car the first night it was 137 car, that post was like fishing in a barrel.
LT Col Melissa R. Hyatt - Ret Det Kenny Driscoll - Commissioner Anthony Batts
2nd of 3 Bronze Stars
Commissioner Woods, James, Kenny II and Kenny Sr
X-Rays taken in about 2014
show the screws rods and crossbar
in the pic you can see tiny dots those between
the screws, those are the cages (4) between
L4 and S1
- In the News -
Stolen Items Recovered in 'Cyber Sting'
Internet: Baltimore Police Officer enters Winning bid after theft victim finds his belongings for sale at an Online auction house.
December 01, 1999| By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann, SUN STAFF
Morris Sochaccewski had given up ever seeing the prayer shawl and other religious items stolen from his car in October. He had even talked to his insurance agent about filing a claim.
But two weeks ago, a friend from New York called and suggested that he check on the Internet. Sochaccewski found his belongings up for sale on eBay -- the online auction house that lets people worldwide bid on almost anything.
The 49-year-old lawyer recognized his property immediately. To entice potential bidders, the seller had posted a picture showing blue velvet pouches emblazoned with Sochaccewski's name in gold Hebrew lettering.
Sochaccewski called Baltimore City police, and Officer Ken Driscoll logged onto a computer and started to bid. He jumped in at $158, and stayed with the bidding until he had topped 36 others with a $395 offer.
His bid locked in, Driscoll simply had to wait for the seller to e-mail him to arrange the exchange. She did, and he arrived at her home in Pikesville yesterday with a search warrant.
Police found some of the items Sochaccewski had reported stolen: his tallit prayer shawl, worth about $100; and his tefillin, another religious item, valued at $800. "I didn't think I was going to get them back," Sochaccewski said.
It turned out Sochaccewski's belongings had been close to home. He lives on Shelburne Road in Northwest Baltimore.The woman who auctioned his property lives eight blocks away on Lightfoot Drive in Baltimore County.
Police did not arrest the woman because they want her help in finding the person who sold her the items, taken Oct. 26 from Sochaccewski's Chevrolet station wagon on Conway Street near the downtown Sheraton Hotel.
The woman, who police did not identify, told Driscoll that she bought the religious items for $10 at a flea market on North Point Boulevard in eastern Baltimore County. She also told detectives that she might recognize the man who sold them.
Driscoll said the woman had set the opening bid at $20.
"Beautiful Hebrew Prayer Set in 2 blue velvet pouches," says the description of Sochaccewski's personal effects, categorized as Item 201722947. "The first is a fine wool tallis in excellent condition All of these high-quality items have been stored in a plastic zippered case, which has preserved their cleanliness."
Kevin Pursglove, a spokesman for eBay in San Jose, Calif., said 400,000 new items are offered for sale on the site every day and only a tiny fraction are believed to be stolen or fraudulent.
"Perhaps the dumbest place to try to fence stolen materials is on eBay," Pursglove said. "You've got millions of eyeballs turned into the site every day, and most of your transactions can be traced."
In March, eBay abruptly halted bidding that had reached $5.7 million for a human kidney, saying the seller had violated company rules, and possible federal law, by offering body parts for sale.
Pursglove said it is a rare stroke of luck to stumble upon a recognizable item among the site's 3.4 million offerings. The company employs several former prosecutors who monitor the site and will "fully cooperate" with local police.
Pursglove said Baltimore police could have contacted the company, whose representative would have conducted a "cyber sting" to find the person selling Sochaccewski's property. But Driscoll took matters into his own hands.
To avoid tipping off the seller with a police e-mail address, Driscoll signed onto eBay from his home computer and bid with his own money.
Driscoll started the bidding Nov. 22 and finished the next day -- entering the winning bid at 9: 40 a.m.
"It was fun," said Driscoll, who knows his way around the computer. Once a sale agreement is made, the seller must contact the buyer and discuss how the exchange will be made. The woman e-mailed Driscoll that day and gave him her home address.
Yesterday morning, Driscoll and other officers from the Central District Major Crimes Unit moved in and seized Sochaccewski's belongings. Now they are trying to find the thief who threw a rock through his car window.
As for Sochaccewski, he doesn't have Internet access at home. After his friend called from New York, he had to go to a neighbor's house to get online. Driscoll called the successful endeavor fate: "They belonged to him, and they made their way back to him."
Bootleg Music Crackdowns Earn Awards for Authorities
The Baltimore Police Department and the city state's attorney's office were honored yesterday by the record industry for investigations that have resulted in the of more than $1 million in bootleg albums and tapes since 1996.
Sgt. David R. Dull and Officer Kenneth Driscoll of the Central District Major Crime Unit and Assistant State's Attorney Patricia Deros each received a Golden Record award for their work. Police routinely have raided downtown shops and confiscated pirated recordings.
"The illegal duplication of audio devices results in economic losses for the city of Baltimore," said Frank D. Waters, director of investigations for the Recording Industry Association.
We'll post more pics and award info as time permits, Kenny does most of the work on this site and as such, it is hard for me to find the info on all of his awards, or to add them, or have them added to the site. I do have several books full of info on Ken's career including the entire file on his 2nd shooting the one that took place on North Ave in 1992, just 3 days before our youngest daughter was born. So I will be adding info as time permits. I share Ken's Interest and pride, for the work that he and his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department have done.
War Story, Retired, One Leg, One Arrest
Like most Baltimore Police, Ken takes pride in having been able to have served with the Baltimore Police Department. He saw a ton of LODD's and LODI's during his career. But even injured a City Officer will still do all they can to help those that need their help. Around this time last year, Ken's mom called, she was upset and crying; Ken asked what was wrong and she described a breaking and entering (Home Invasion) at her home, the suspect was carrying an empty duffle bag, and an extension cord. When Ken's mom asked who it was and what he wanted he made up a story about being there to help Lola move, Ken's mom told him no one by that name lived there, all the while the suspect was walking around the house looking at things, Ken's mom finally introduced Ken's dad, and still the guy continued his shopping spree, it wasn't until Ken's mom told Ken's dad to get the gun, that the suspect realized he wasn't going to get away with robbing these two old folks and pretended to be drunk, acting as he was in the wrong home. Ken asked his mom where the guy was during the phone call and she told him he went out the front door, Ken quickly told her he would call back, and he hung up the phone, grabbed his crutches and keys and went out the front door and got into our H3 Hummer. Ken's dad was in the front yard, (I should mention they live next door to us) Ken asked his dad which way the guy went and what he was wearing, Ken's dad pointed up the street and gave a brief description, then asked: "What are you going to do?" Ken said, "I'm going to go find him!" and his dad, knowing Ken can't walk, said, "and then what!" Ken said, "I'm going to lock him up!" and off Ken went. He drove up the street, a 1/4 mile and came back, (we live on a peninsula, so there is only one way in, and one way out) As Ken looking for him, unbeknownst to Ken, he was trying to break into the rear of a house three or four doors up. A neighbor saw him and asked what he was doing, he went into a drunk act and pretended to be lost; he was quickly sent packing. Which put him back out on the street, and in Ken's view. Ken called him to our truck and the suspect said, "I'm not breaking into houses, why would I do that, it's broad daylight!" Ken said, "I didn’t' say a thing about going in anyone's house, come here!', as the guy got closer he saw, Ken's jacket has a Retired Baltimore Police Patch, the suspect said, "You're city police?" Ken said, "Retired, but you know what they say, once a city police officer, always a city police officer!" The suspect then said, "City Police will F you up!" Ken said, "I'll make a deal, you don't make me get out of the truck and I won't F you up!"
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