Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll
"EVER ON THE WATCH"
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.
- 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 fractions 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 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.
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 tot he 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.
More recently at the same store, 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 tie 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.
Years before this, while in Ocean City we were in a Wall Mart, Ken heard arguing and from a store 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.
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