Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll
"EVER ON THE WATCH"
Retired Detective Kenny Driscoll
Timeline of Career and Achievements
1987 - 17 Jun 1987 Joined the Baltimore Police Department
1987 - 11 Dec 1987 Graduated the Academy
1989 - Commendation Ribbon - 1st
1990 - Bronze Star - 1st
1991 - Officer of the Year - 1st
1991 - Became an FTO (Field Training Officer)
1992 - LSI - Scan Course First Time
1992 - 3 May 1992- Line of Duty Shooting **
1992 - Bronze Star - 2nd
1992 - Citation of Valor - 1st
1992 - Commendation Ribbon - 2nd
1992 - Five-year safe driving
1993 - Bronze Star - 3rd
1994 - LSI - Scan Course Second Time
1995 - Mayor's Citation
1995 - Unit Citation (Critical Incident Team) 1st
1995 - Motion Picture Association - Certificate of Achievement
1995 - Officer of the Year Award - 2nd
1996 - Officer of the Year Award - 3rd
1996 - Unit Citation (Central MCU-DDU) 2nd
1996 - Officer of the Year Award - 4th
1996 - Gold Record - RIAA - 1st
1997 - Ten-year safe driving
1998 - Officer of the Year Award - 5th
1998 - Gold Record - RIAA- 2nd
1998 - Officer of the Year Award - 6th
1999 - Secret Service - Certificate of Achievement
2000 - Unit Citation (Central MCU-DDU) 3rd
2000 - Commissioners Special Commendation
2001 - Injured - fractured vertebra caused paralysis
2001 - Citation of Valor - 2nd
2002 - Fifteen Year Safe Driving
2003 - Purple Heart / Legend of Merit - Police Officers Hall of Fame
2003 - Lifetime Member of the Police Officer's Hall of Fame
2003 - Retired Line of Duty - Due to Injury / Paralysis
2003 - More Than One Hundred Letters of Commendation
2007 - Awarded PSOB Benefits for 2001 Injuries
2012 - Rebuilt the Baltimore Police History Site
2014 - Elected President of Baltimore Police Historical Society
2015 - Wrote contract and holds lease to the Lobby of the Headquarters (Gallery/Museum)
2016 - Officer of the Year - 7th
2017 - Assisted in the opening of the Baltimore Police Museum
2018 - Detective Badge Number 550 Retired
2018 - Governor's Citation
2018 - Distinguished Service Award - Police Officer's Hall of Fame
The Following is the Speech Written and Read by Mike May
The Baltimore Retired Police Benevolence Association
"Semper Paratus; Semper Fidelis - Ever - Ready / Ever - Faithful.
Ever on the Watch
Service with Hope of Honor as Reward
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."
On this day, 6 May 2018, Detective Badge number 550, which was once issued to Retired Detective Kenneth Driscoll
has by an announcement of Baltimore Police Commissioner, Darryl DeSousa now and forever been RETIRED!
Click any of the pics from this presentation to watch video
Commissioner, Darryl DeSousa reading prepared speech
The following speech was written by Mike May and used in Ken's 2016 Officer of the Year Award, but with some modification. It was enlarged so when printed it took as many as 5.5 to 6 pages, the Commissioner skimmed over it pulling parts he had highlighted and read. Someone handed the speech to one of our kids and I had it added to the site for you to read it in its entirety, as well as just the parts the Commissioner read. Ken spoke with Mike May at the event, and Mike told him he re-wrote it for the commissioner.
The honor of having his badge retired was for a large framework of actions Ken has taken, they include his seven Officer of the Year Awards, bringing Statement Analysis to the agency in 1993, having been injured to a point where he became the first Baltimore Police Officer to have received PSOB benefits for a line of duty injury, (that alone shows the severity of his injuries). To continue, the honor was for his raising funds to help officers in need, helping other officers file for and receive PSOB funds, two citations of valor, and other recognitions officers have long deserved, like helping more than a dozen officers get their citations of valor retroactively. Ken also works to make sure the fallen and injured are remembered, he works to research and share department history through Facebook posts, Twitter and the History site here at www.BaltimoreCityPoliceHistory.com Ken also had a role in having the museum reopened, and holds a lease on the lobby area that houses the museum. He has always said he could not have done the museum alone but gave all he could to have it re-opened. Ken also put more than $40,000 of our personal collection on loan with the rest of our collection valued over $100,000.00 here and ready to be swapped in and out at the department's will. It was for all that along with Ken dedication to the department and the men and women that have served, currently, serve and will someday serve. Neither Ken or I smoke, drink or have any costly habits. So we put everything we can afford into research and building a better website and collection of memorabilia to put on loan to the museum so we can better tell the story of the Baltimore police.
The Following is the Speech Used for this Honor
After an outstanding career was ended all too soon by an excruciating and debilitating injury, Ken, along with his wife, Patty, to this day, keeps the faith by maintaining a record of the routine heroism and sacrifice that are part of the lives of all Baltimore police. He keeps the faith by financially and emotionally supporting those police who have fallen on hard times. He also keeps the faith of our injured by helping police, who have been injured years before, receives 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 he has become an inspiration to many.
As retired police, Ken and others careers are often described as having "Served with honor." Ken surely embodies that but more, as he continues to serve with honor. For that, we are recognizing him.
A superb investigator and interrogator, Ken spent his own money to learn the SCAN technique, analyzing speech patterns, manners of expression and inconsistencies. When he brought this technique to the agency on his first night back to full duty from a shoulder surgery that had him either off duty, or on light duty for nearly 3 months. Ken was asked to interview a suspect of a carjacking that was found behind the wheel of the stolen car; matching the description of the suspect down to his clothing, and shoes. Ken had him write a statement that when analyzed Ken felt a need to talk to the reporting person. He called the victim of the robbery in and had him write a statement; within minutes of reading that statement, he had confronted the writer and gained a full confession which freed the man previously arrested for the carjacking. When the Major from Central District learned of Ken’s clearing a suspect arrested for carjacking, Ken was transferred from patrol to the Major Crimes Unit so he could continue his introduction of this new technique to the department. Ken remained in the Major Crime Unit for the last ten years of his career successfully clearing many suspects and convicting others.
Not immediately apparent to ferret out the truth while building a rapport with criminal suspects. Ken taught this technique to his fellow police. Improving them all.
During his lifetime and sterling career, he received no less than 7 Officer of the Year awards, in addition to 3 Unit Citations, 3 Bronze Stars, 2 Commendation Ribbons, a Police Commissioner's Special Service Ribbon, 15 years of Safe Driving awards (an achievement that brings a smile to his wife Patricia's face, as she has been with him since she was 15 and he was 16 and just learning to drive) Ken also has 2 Citations of Valor an over 100 letters of commendation. His awards from outside the department include 2 Gold Records from the Recording Industry for success in counterfeit/pirate music investigations, a Special Certificate from the Secret Service, Awards from the Motion Picture Industry, a Mayor's Citation, a Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit from the Police Officer’s Hall of Fame of which he was inducted as a lifetime member. I am sure we have forgotten some other awards here and there.
But what is most important to both Ken, Patty and his family is the undying respect and gratitude he has earned and continues to earn for what he does now. When his career ended at the beginning of this century his injuries, agonizingly painful, left him with severe physical limitations, without the ability to walk or to use his left arm and by the end of this year, they suspect he will lose the use of his right leg also. Still at the end of the day, while his body might fail; His Spirit and Loyalty to all of us did not. It has gotten stronger.
When Bill Hackley left us to go to the police department in the sky, He left his most prized Baltimore Police History website in the hands of Ken. It has become a labor of love. At a time when police endure some of the most hurtful and demeaning of attacks, for jobs they took a sacred oath to do, Kenny Driscoll, becomes a voice calling out in the wilderness, undaunted and unafraid, every day brings public attention to the courage and compassion that are the hallmarks of the law enforcement profession.
Unsatisfied with all that, he went to Facebook. Where he began "This day in police history." A place where he respectfully remembers our fallen, those who made the ultimate sacrifice because he memorializes them, and retired police, for what they were and are; not, as some would denigrate them, as badge wearing hooligans, but as what they really are, heroes, although all of them, especially Ken, would avoid that description. It is a place much like the history website that we all rely on and visit every day.
Ken, along with Patty, are among our most heroic. Despite a broken back and paralysis, confined to his wheelchair, he and Patty inaugurated the retroactive Citation of Valor program. Not satisfied with that, the website, Facebook, Twitter 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's 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 we honor an individual who has become an inspiration to so many because just as he did when he was active in the Baltimore Police department he puts everyone ahead of himself. For that, we are retiring his badge Detective Badge number 550 so that no one will ever wear it again.
Congratulations Detective Kenny Driscoll.
Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll
Ret. Detective Ken Driscoll joined the department in June of 1987. He was assigned Badge number 3232 - 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 on 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 who I am sure he'll never forget, but for me I only remember those he spoke of most often. Between then and 1994, Det. Driscoll would partner up with several other good police that made an impression on him and the way he would police his sector and post, like Delmar "Sonny" Dickson, Chuck Megibow, George Trainer, John Calpin, Jonny Brandt, and Gary Lapchak, they all would become lifelong friends.
In 1994 after learning the new SCAN (Scientific Content Analysis) technique, while still in patrol he used it to clear a couple of serious cases; One of the firsts was an armed A&R in which the subject was shot. The same night there was a carjacking, in which the suspect was arrested in the victim’s car outside of a nightclub in Central District’s Sector 4 within 45 minutes of the reported robbery. 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 money to be used 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 made up the story of having been carjacked. With this, 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 Ken into Central's Major Crime Unit. A lot of credit is to be given to then Major Leonard Hamm (later Commissioner Hamm) for this, as at the time Statement Analysis was new and as such it was not something everyone welcomed. Then Major Hamm, went out on a limb because he trusted Ken, he knew Ken since the Academy where Major Hamm was Ken’s Sergeant and at the time Sergeant Hamm helped convert Ken from a welder to a police officer. He knew Ken wasn't out to sell, “junk science” to the department. Without Majors like Leonard Hamm, and Steve McMahon (both of which retired at ranks much higher than Major) willing to trust officers like Ken to introduce some out of the box techniques, we may have never seen some of the tools that were looked on as strange back then but are commonly used today. Ken will tell anyone that asks, he didn't do any of the things he was able to do without help, supervisors trusting in him, and side partners willing go out and do these things that at the time were so off the wall.
As far as statement analysis goes, at the time the S.C.A.N. technique was so new, the police department refused to pay for the course. (more than $1400) Ken paid for his training out of pocket. He started off buying all the books, video, and audio cassettes they had. Then a year later when they were training in Virginia he paid to attend the live seminar.
When briefly explained, it just didn't sound possible that using just a subject’s words could help close a case. Pronouns, verb tense, and other parts of speech; in Baltimore it was argued that due to the lower education of many of the suspects we would come not contact with, it would be useless; if it had any real use at all. The concerns about the undereducated and those with poor grammar were quickly put to rest. Ken understood the technique would have him comparing 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 yielding equal results.
Over the next 11 to 12 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 norm. Polygraph, using heart rate, breathing, blood pressure etc. Statement Analysis using the subject’s language. In both cases after working to establish a norm, that norm is then used compare with the rest of his/her statement. Education doesn't matter when you compare a 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 of the technique, he was consistently closing cases with the S.C.A.N. technique (now in its fourth year of use by Ken in both patrol and the Major Crime Unit) By 2003 when Ken retired, he had been using it to assist other units, detectives, and officers 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, where the Maryland State Police, the FBI, Secret Service 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 Ken’s in-service 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, Bud Comegna, 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 to the BPD that he was trying to recruit Ken to CID. Sgt.Dull also enjoyed the new S.C.A.N. 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, knowing of Lt. Leison's recruit attempts, he tried to keep Ken away from the Lieutenant. The funny part was Ken wouldn't have gone, he respected those that saw something in him early, and wasn't about to leave those that gave him his start. Sgt. Dull used Ken's stats to shut the doubters up. Ken respected that and those he worked with and for that, he wasn’t about to leave Centrals MCU/DDU.
Ken was trained by Avinoam Sapir, who after Ken uncovered several linguistic traits that held serious meaning (became great clues) and helped solve cases called Ken a “Guru” on the subject. Sgt Dull, said, the student was becoming the teacher. Ken studied the technique all the time, while at work on a slow day, while at home, on vacation, every chance he got to study, or practice he did. He used to say a statement has to be handled like a crime scene, preventing anyone from contaminating their statement/crime scene was interesting, he and others trained could point out where the subject was told what to say or was using words he/she picked up from an investigator. Those that use the technique can also tell if it was the first time they gave the statement, or if it had been given to the police before. Often it was scary how accurate they could be, at first, I only saw ken doing it, but then over the years I saw him train others and they shared statement to practice all coming up with the same observations. I enjoyed seeing ken work cases off the news and give other agencies his finding, some taking them and using them, others not so graciously sending him away, but later learning how accurate the technique was.
His 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 titles of Detective. Ken went from Police Officer badge number 3232 to Detective badge number 550 – They didn’t officially hold the title detective for the first 8 years they worked together, but they held some of the best closure ratings in the city as did their plain clothes investigations. The reason behind it was a rotation policy, detectives were rotated to patrol after 3 years. District Majors realized their detectives were learning and getting better, after 3 years they were either very good at what they did, or they were not, but to bounce them from investigations should have been based on ability, not longevity. Investigators came and went, but the best of best was held on to, bot rotated back to patrol. Don’t get me wrong, patrol is not beneath an investigator, Ken loved it and would have done either with pride. But like anything, some people are better at one thing than another, some guys loved patrol and hated investigations letting officers do what they do best was the best way to run an agency, but we had a commissioner come in that felt rotation was the best policy. It cost us some of the best detectives in the country as these men and women left the agency to work for departments with better sense.
This is an X-ray of Ken's lumbar spine
It shows 6 screws - 3 rods
the tiny dots are from the
4 cages 2 on each level
- In the News -
Stolen Items Recovered in 'Cyber Sting'
Internet: Baltimore Police Officer enters Winning bid after a 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 email 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 of them are believed to have been 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 possibly 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
Mars take down
Weis Knockdown and
Walmart talking them down
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. Even injured a City Officer will still do all they can to help those that need their help. Around November 2014, 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 the intruder that 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, refusing to leave. Ken's mom tried to reason, but he wasn't listening, he just kept talking when she tried to talk, mentioned Lola and was looking around at their things the way one might in a thrift or antique store, it wasn't until Ken's mom told Ken's dad to "just get the gun, Russ, just get your gun out!" at that the suspect realized he wasn't going to get away with robbing these two old folks and resorted to pretending to be drunk, acting as if he was in the wrong home by accident. 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, he hung up the phone, grabbed his crutches, the keys to our truck and out the front door he went. While getting 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, his dad pointed up the street and gave a brief description. Ken's father asked Ken: "What are you going to do?" Ken said, "I'm going to go find him!" and his dad, knowing Ken can't walk, said, "then what!" Ken said, "I'm going to lock him up!" and off he 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 into Ken's view. Ken pulled our truck up in the middle of Dundalk Ave, Ken facing West, the suspect having just crossed over from the North to the South side of the street and heading East. Ken called out to him, "Excuse me, can I talk to you for a minute!" as he called him over to our truck. With this, 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 into anyone's house, can you come over here!" as the guy got closer he saw Ken's jacket, Ken has a Retired Baltimore Police Patch on the sleeve, 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 Fuck you up!" Ken said, "I'll make a deal, you don't make me get out of the truck and I won't Fuck you up!" The suspect stood by, Ken realized he didn't have a cellphone, so he said, while we wait, give me your ID and we can run it NCIC. The suspect started looking through his wallet Ken saw a Maryland Id card and then it was covered by a different card, Ken asked him to check again and as he was running through and as he got closer, Ken reached out and snatched the ID card before the guy could cover it again. Now if the guy decided to run it wouldn't matter Ken had his ID. But before long a neighbor drove by, Ken flagged her down and sent her down to tell me to call the police. Ken told her to tell them he had the suspect at his truck. It would take about 20 minutes for police to show up, and that was when the suspect learned Ken was paralyzed. The suspect started feigning drunk and the police wanted to let him go. Ken told them he wants him arrested, it was his mom and dad's house that was broken into, his mom and dad that was threatened. He told them the suspect was a burglar and the officer said his rap sheet doesn't reflect that, Ken said did you run him through the city, the officer said no, he didn't have access, Ken said well he is a city criminal and will be a career criminal with a burglary background. Sure enough, he was a known burglar. 30 days later he was taken to court and received a 90-day sentence on a guilty conviction.
First Gold Record
Prior to this by a year or more, while waiting outside of Mars Supermarket on Holabird Ave. Ken saw two guys walking eastbound across the parking lot As they reached the cart area they separated, one went in and two minutes later the second went in. within 5 minutes one was exiting the store with a security guard on his tail. Ken wanted to get out and warn security of the second suspect. but before he could get his crutches, the suspect and security were fighting. Ken jumped out and used our truck for balance as he hopped on one leg around to help the security guard, he said, "I am retired Baltimore police and I am going to help!" He then grabbed the two and tripped everyone to the ground while cuffing the suspect, Ken told security to watch his back, this guy was not alone, he described the second suspect and by now a second security came out and was sent back in for the other suspect. They helped Ken up and reached in the truck t get him his crutches. Ken said he would go to court if need be but to be honest he could only testify to the resisting, but not to the theft. The security guard said he would leave it up to the state's attorney. We never heard another word about it.
This was interesting as every officer in the room received an "Officer of the Year" trophy like this and two of the officers in the group were called forward and received a larger version with a check. Ken asked the coordinator do they still keep these, or were they trash now? He was told, every officer in the room was the "Officer of the Year" for their particular agency, district, unit etc. and the two called forward were "Outstanding Officer of the Year" This was something that every officer in the room could hold their head up taking pride in having been selected as the Sun papers Officer of the Year for their district, unit, etc. She told us that they receive hundreds of applications, and narrow those down to those that were invited to the dinner.
Retired Detective Badge #550
Ken's badge while he was working CD/MCU/DDU
Central District - Major Crime Unit - District Detective Unit
This is the Badge Ken was carrying when he was paralyzed.
This was in the quartermaster's unit since 20 May 2003
I offered to polish it for Ken, but he said, "it is what it is," and to polish it could ruin it
So we'll leave it alone, Ken has two other #550 Detective badges, the Mini Badge and a Duplicate Issue Badge
As well, I bought him the 4th issue badges with his numbers #3232 Officer and #550 Detective.
Ken was doing some investigations in the city that bled over into the county so he gave the info to a friend that was a county officer. His friend was handing the info in as if he found it on his own until he was called into his Captain's Office and asked questions he couldn't answer. Then he came clean and told them he had gotten the info from Ken, Ken was called to the precinct where he met with the Captain and shared all his info, later some detectives came to the house and with ken's info made several arrests. A year later in 1989, Ken received this award
This one has his actual 1997 bicentennial badge in it
Years of Service
EOD 17 June 1987 - RFD 29 May 2003
Officer #3232 and Detective #550
3 Bronze Stars - 3 Unit Citations - 2 Commendation Ribbons
2 Citations of Valor - 100+ Letters of Commendation - 7 Officer of the Year Awards
a Purple Heart & Legion of Merit - a Distinguished Service Award - a Mayor & Governor's Citation
2 Gold Records RIAA - Certificates from Motion Picture Association and Recording Industry
Secret Service - Police Hall of Fame - 15yr Safe Driving Award - Retired Detective Badge #550
Broken Foot - Sprain Right Wrist - Broken Right Wrist - Sprain Left Wrist - 2nd Brake to Right Wrist
Broken/Separated Right Shoulder/Clavicle - Broken Finger - Fractured Vertebra Caused Paralysis
Hairline Fracture to his Skull - Puncture Wound to the right side of Stomach area and Stabbed in the Left Arm
He Gott'em with the Door
Recently at the same store Ken helped arrest a shoplifter that was resisting arrest and fighting the Baltimore County Officer that was working secondary now a Weis Grocery Store Ken and our son-in-law (Josh) were waiting out front for our daughter, as our daughter was going in, Ken noticed a young man in his late 20's squeeze out through the indoor, and at the same time another young man exiting through the exit in a hurry, within seconds the two clashed. The one that came out after him quickly identified himself as police, a struggle ensued at which time the shoplifter pulled away and ran westbound up the parking lot away from the store; but then for some reason he turned around and ran back up the parking lot in an easterly direction as he was about to pass in front of Ken and our son-in-law (Josh) a second security officer came out of the store identifying herself the suspect turned to run between the cars now heading in a southbound direction away from the store and up the aisle on our son-in-law's side of the truck, but with a row of cars in front of them there was still time for God to answer Ken's prayers and he did the suspect turned between the car in front of them to run east again, and then as he passed that one car he made Ken's day by turning to is right now heading south again, and about to pass ken's door. Ken said he had a million things running through his head, to put the window down and reach out would potentially damage the car/truck if he were to struggle against the paint, if he were to open the door too soon the guy could buckle the door panel, so he had to wait until the guy was further alongside the truck, so Ken would get him with the back edge of the door, just under the handle and toward the back edge of the door. So Ken waited until he felt it was right, and then quickly opened the door slamming the suspect into his right side knocking him off balance and into the car parked next to them. This also made him drop the items he had stolen and kept him stumbling to regain balance long enough to allow the police officers chasing him time to catch up. He was cuffed and marched back into the store where he was processed before being taken to booking.
Retired Detective Ken Driscoll's
Years ago, but after his injury while in Ocean City we were in a Wall Mart, Ken heard arguing and from a store's power chair made his way to the arguing, two men were in a heated argument, Ken rolled right between them, and told them to both calm down and listen, he pointed out one had been drinking and when the guy started yelling at Ken, Ken said, hold on and just listen I am not calling judgement, I am just trying to say, this is not the place, the police are on their way and when they get here they won't care about your story, they will just take you in. Now both guys listened, Ken said, if I were you, and this is just friendly advice, but if I were you I would separate in different directions and take this up sometime later. You when you have not been drinking. and you when you have had more time to think out your argument. Now let's separate before the police get here and someone ends up in jail. The two guys left Len noticed three guys standing by, all wearing khaki pants and black golf shirts. One came to Ken and asked where he was police, Ken told him Baltimore Police and they acted like they had met a rock star. Baltimore police are highly respected in the police community. BTW Ken was using words to calm the two guys, words that subconsciously partner the men up with him and don't make it seem like he either took sides or it is him against them. words like "WE - Let's - and They" he wanted to make it seem like a partners ship so he used We and US we'll let's which is, "let us" and "they" the police. so now the suspects are seeing Ken as one of them and the police as the They that is not Ken or either of the suspects. He also limited their time to think because "They are on their way" The guys in khakis were security and let Ken run the show because it was working the main security guard said he didn't want to interfere with what was obviously working because it would have just started things over. They thanked Ken for solving a problem. the point is with the right words and the right attitude even heated angry drunks can be calmed down. It is also to say that Baltimore Police are Baltimore Police for the rest of their lives. They never stop caring, and their training doesn't go away.
When Ken was in Major Crimes they had a few warrants they wanted to serve, borrowing from the old baseball ticket, raffle winner ruse to trick wanted persons into coming to the police, they sent letters out saying during their last arrest money and or property was not picked up, if not picked up at certain date and time the money/property would be forfeited to the police. Some people even knowing they had no money at the time of their arrest couldn't resist a chance to get something, even if they know it was not theirs. So out of 30 letters, 15 wanted persons came in to get their property/monies and were arrested. After that, they just sent letters saying the person was wanted and with that they had about the same response of 50/50 turning themselves in or continuing to run. One actually sent a letter back saying, "F@*# You catch me if you can!" When he was later caught, he told the officers that sent the letter that he didn't write that response, his sister did. These types of schemes were common in these type units. One I remember ken talking about they had a suspects phone number but didn't have his address and it wasn't in the criss/cross, so Ken called the number and told the person on the other end of the line he was with BG&E and they had a guy on the pole out front of person's house that isn't answering his radio, and that his wife was going into labor, if they would go out front and tell him to call the office, and he does, they would give them half off on their BG&E Bill, the person was excited putting the phone down and going out front, a short time later they came back and said no one is on the police, Ken said are you sure did you see his truck they said they did not, Ken said, this is 602 W Lanvale? the caller said no this 2238 Callow Ave. Ken said well that explains why he is not out front, OK well thank you anyway, and don't worry, we'll make sure you get your discount, is their an apartment number or is it a whole house. They told him it was a whole house and with that they knew where to get their suspect. The tricks they used were sometimes things you would think you would only see in movies, like wearing delivery man uniforms and delivering packages, then arresting the suspect that signed for the package. Dress-ups was a norm for these guys, thinking fast to almost con a suspect into a confession. Speaking Cons, Ken once had a Flim-Flam artist act out his game to pull someone in on a pigeon drop, after doing so he told ken's sergeant, Ken was good, and the department was lucky he was on their side, because if he was in the game, he would be one of the best, as he just con a con into allowing him to be filmed acting out the game. Something he said he had no idea he would ever do, but Ken made him feel like it was all his choice and that is the main rule in a con, having the stooge think they are n control. I will have to con Ken into telling me more of his stories.
Tech 9 - 22
As a rookie police officer, Ken worked Central District’s Sector 3 in 136 car which was Reservoir Hill at the time (this would have been back in the late 1980’s when Whitelock and Brookfield was still hopping, with drug dealing, gunfights, murder, burglary, theft and you name it, crime was part of daily life. So, one night on a midnight shift Ken got a call for a purse-snatching and on the way to the call he saw a suspect carrying a purse and matching the description given by KGA, Ken stopped the suspect and asked that someone ride past and pick the victim up and drive her past his location where he had the suspect and two or three volunteers standing around his car. As she was driven by she identified the suspect Ken had stopped as the person that had knocked her down and taken her purse. She also described her purse, which not only matched the purse he was carrying, and that was recovered, but her identification was still inside. He was taken to men’s detection which at the time was still in Central District. While filling out the charging papers, all were handwritten, and it took a little bit of time, he had to use the bathroom, this caused Ken to have to take off his gun and put it in the drawer next to the Desk Sergeant. The guy had been drinking and had to relieve himself a few times each time Ken had to secure his gun next to the Desk Sergeant. He also had drugs in his pocket, Ken didn’t bother to charge him with the drugs, but he still had to submit them and by the time he was wrapping things up it was nearing 2:00 am and Ken was on his way through the garage toward men’s detention and to take the reports down to his Sergeant.
Officer Dave Robertson stopped a car in the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. No one called to back him up, Ken was walking past his car at the time, so he hopped in, and took off out of the headquarters building, and up the Jones Falls. Prior to 9-11 you could turn right out of headquarters and go to Fayette St where it is fenced off now and has been since 2001. Ken made his way up I-83 and across North Ave. before long he was pulling up on Dave. You would have to know Dave to understand why someone would drive like a nut cutting across one-way streets, hopping curbs etc. Dave fell into more doo-doo than the guy that empties outhouses at a state fair, well that, and Ken had a weird feeling just from the tone in Dave’s voice. Police tend to hear changes in the voice of their squad members and know when something isn’t right just by the tone in their voice. So, Ken pulled past the car and backed up on its front bumper got out and walked passed the car to meet Dave at the back, driver side bumper of the suspect vehicle. On the way by Ken recognized the driver, his last name was Smith, it has been nearly 30 years so neither Ken or I remember his first name, but I know Ken arrested him for drug dealing in the past he had a told me how when he was clean he was a sarcastic and just the type you wished you knock on his butt, but Ken respected the job and his family too much to throw it all away over his ego. So, Ken would just wait until the next time. Statistically with this suspect, if he was clean today he would be dirty tomorrow. Whenever Smith was dirty he was dirty, he lost his whit... one-time Ken asked his name he told him let’s say, William Smith; Ken asked him to spell it, he spelled his first name fine, but when he got to his last name, he said S – M– I – and froze, he got to the “TH” and stopped it was no use he couldn’t sound out the “TH” sound. That time he had a nice little knot of dope and gave Ken a reason to knock him on his bottom. It seemed when he was dirty he lost his train of thought and grew a set of whatever it was that makes someone think it is a promising idea to fight a police officer that weighed about 225 pounds compared to his 155.
BTW Ken never gave a suspect more than was needed to get them into cuffs. So now Ken ws standing with Dave at the rear bumper, Dave tells Ken he thought the driver was drinking because he was driving without headlights, Ken asked if Dave searched the car, gave Smith a roadside sobriety test or if he even knew who Smith was? Dave didn’t... and he lost interest, so he told Ken he was about to cut them loose and Ken could take over the case if he wanted. Ken called the driver to the back of the car and asked if he could search his car, Smith gets frantic, started to open the hatchback on the car while saying, “I don’t know what you’re looking for, other than the baby I locked in here earlier, but you can…” and before he could say, “search the car!” Ken closed the hatchback and had Dave hold onto Smith. Ken clarified again, it was OK to look in the car, and Smith agreed that he could. But again, he was talking in a nervous way that from experience Ken knew he was dirty somehow and it seemed he was trying to send a message to the passengers in that car. Ken opened the back passenger side door and pulled the guy from the back seat out as he did he ran his hand around the guy's waistband and came up with an 8 shot .22 caliber revolver. Ken quickly cuffed him and leaned him in the street, with his knees in the gutter, his feet were crossed and up on the sidewalk, his head leaning on the car and of course his hands were cuffed behind his back. Ken had Dave watch of the two prisoners while Ken opened the front passenger door and immediately saw a Tech-9 in plain view sitting on the floor between the suspect's knees. Simultaneously, Ken pulled the passenger and the Tech-9 out of the car. But unlike the guy in the back seat when Ken went to cuff this guy he started to put up a little struggle, he wouldn’t say it was a full-fledged fight, but for a split second it was headed that way and because Ken’s hands were filled with the suspect in one and the suspect’s gun in the other, Ken had little choice other than to put the muzzle of the Tech-9 to the suspect temple while ordering him to, “stop resisting”. The suspect said, “OK… OK… I am not going to fight!” were, “it has a hair trigger! Be careful!” Seconds later with everyone secure and a wagon on its way, he called for EVU to come clear the weapon. I mean, after all, Ken said it felt as if the slide was stuck and the passenger just told him it had a hair trigger. The last thing Ken wanted to do after making a pretty good arrest was to let a round off down Pennsylvania Ave at 2:30 - 3 o’clock in the morning.
With the description of a Tech-9 going out over the air, along with a wagon call for three arrests, the curiosity of their squad was awaken and everyone came to have a look see at what these two got themselves into. The first guy on the scene was Officer Kelvin Vincent; Kelvin said, “Good case Driscoll, two guns, three arrests, a victim reporting he had been robbed by the three a few minutes earlier… good stuff. But I have to ask you; where’s your gun?” Ken looked down on his hip as he reached for an empty holster and sure enough, he was unarmed. So, he calmly told him it was down the cell block. That quick Ken remembered, that he was on his way back into get his gun and drop off the reports from the purse-snatching arrest when Dave’s call came out, So Ken left with no gun.
Later that morning, Ken was getting a pat on the back from just about everyone in the station when the Major’s driver came out to tell Ken that the Major wanted Ken to know he felt he did an excellent job, he did really good work, first, the purse-snatch, then an armed robbery… Great job, and then he added: “Next time take your freaken gun…” The Major said he has been to enough police funerals of officers doing outstanding work with all their equipment, “Don’t give the bad guys an advantage”, otherwise good work.
John Calpin - Kenny Driscoll
Shortly After a Departmental Shooting 600 E. North Ave.
** Line of Duty Shooting saved partner and what they thought was a hostage/human shield. On the 3rd of May 1992 while I was pregnant with our youngest daughter, Ken was working a midnight shift, in fact, he was on a permanent midnight shift. He and his partner were working crowd control at Odell's nightclub on North Ave when a call came out for an armed subject walking eastbound on North Ave near the Board of Education. Ken and John jumped in John's car and headed east, within a few minutes they had arrived at the school board building and they didn't see anyone matching the description given by KGA. On Ken direction, John continued east on North Ave, even though they were crossing into Eastern District from Central. Maybe a block or two later they saw a suspect matching the description given by the caller to, and then dispatched from KGA to the officers working the Odell's detail. The suspect was said to have been wearing a matching blue sweatsuit (shirt and pants) with white tennis shoes and in the company of a female wearing a long brown leather coat. When Ken and John saw them they noticed that while they matched the description 100% they had joined up with a second male. The second male was wearing a black sweatsuit (shirt and pants) and matching shoes. The three were walking eastbound with the third subject on the outside furthermost from the street. The subject reported to have been armed with a 9mm handgun was between the female and the newly joined member of the group. Behind Ken and John's car was a second car being driven by an officer I only know as Brian. Ken called out over the radio that they had a suspect matching the description given by KGA and that they were going to attempt a stop, the car behind Ken and John stopped at the corner essentially blocking any escape path should he have tried to run westbound. Ken and John pulled about 25 ft passed the suspect to block off any attempts to run east. Out of their cars, the officers confronted the suspects at gunpoint, Ken giving the verbal commands to stop where they were, at this point the suspected armed subject began turning around in a counter-clockwise direction while grabbing the guy that had joined him with one hand and drawing the 9mm semi-auto weapon from under his shirt with the other. Once he turned to a point where he had his hostage / human shield between himself and Ken's partner he stopped turning and began raising his gun around the subject he was hiding behind as if he was trying to raise the gun on John. The female that was with him had run away southbound toward the street and out of the line of fire. It was now the suspect behind his human shield and in his hand was his handgun which he was raising up on Ken's partner. This all happened rather quickly maybe within seconds of being confronted, so Ken had very little time to think, he said everything was going in slow motion, an effect he knows comes from adrenaline, and his thinking faster than everything is happening. He said he knew he had to take a shot, he also knew he was further out than he was comfortable shooting, (That was later measured out at 30-ft) But, Ken also knew his partner was a wide-open target with nowhere to go and couldn't have a possible shot even to defend himself as the suspect was holding a subject between himself and John. So Ken took a deep breath and carefully aimed while he slowly squeezed off a single round. Even though he was trained to double tap, he knew a single round was all he could safely get off. That round traveled the 30-ft passing the human shield and striking the suspect in his left side chest, right at the nipple-line, where it traveled through his body nearly exiting near his lower right hip. That single shot ended the threat on Ken's partner, Ken and John both closed in on the suspect while the third officer (Brian) grabbed the fleeing human shield and took him to the ground for is safety and to make sure they had everyone involved for Homicide to do a thorough investigation. As Ken closed in on the suspect, he first secured the suspect's weapon, then secured the suspect in handcuffs and then rendered first-aid for what Ken was calling a sucking chest wound Ken said it was a simple matter of covering the wound with a piece of plastic he found lying in the street. While checking to see where the round came out, he found it did not exit, but could be seen just under the skin on his right side above the hip. Not long after the suspect regained a more normal breathing pattern, a sergeant arrived on scene took over the first-aid and had Ken escorted to the back seat of his car until the crowd was brought under control. Ken, John, and Brian were all taken to Homicide in separate vehicles to begin the investigation. The female with the armed subject was identified as his mother, the second male subject, the one used as the human shield ended up being the suspect's brother. Of course, the officers didn't know that at the time and thought they were protecting an innocent subject while protecting a fellow officer. Thanks to the quick actions of the officers in rendering first aid, the suspect survived the shooting and was able to go to trial, where he took a plea bargain of 3 years for a handgun violation, and three counts of assault on police for raising a gun on the officers. Three days later our youngest daughter was born.
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