Baltimore City Police History
Preservation Membership Program
Don't pass up an opportunity to participate in a unique and exciting effort to preserve our police history. If we fail to fulfill the obligation we have to future generations of Baltimore Police, their families, and their families, through the preservation of our history, it will be gone forever, and they will never know how it was.
Individual and corporate memberships are available.
Membership benefits include:
- Becoming a member in the preservation of this important part of our Baltimore City Police History is an important part of helping us grow, gain information building the site and preserving our history.
- Members will receive Members’ only mailings.
- Discounts on museum gifts, and collectibles
- First opportunity to purchase limited-edition collectibles as they become available, and prior to general public release to include not only new merchandise, (t-shirts, patches, decals, etc.) but genuine Baltimore Police Memorabilia/Items. We have a large collection and are always on the lookout for items to buy and trade. NOTE: Donated items will always stay in our possession, but items we buy, or trade for, can always be used to sell or trade. Again donated Items will never be sold or traded, and will always be ready for display, so family members can come see. That said, items that we have purchased, or traded for over the years, that are duplicates, can be used to obtain items we may not have, or that we need, to help show our history, and members of this group will receive first right to refusal.
- Members will also be placed on our email list so they will receive out "This day in Baltimore Police History", and "Today in Baltimore Police History". These emails are sent out to members on the anniversary dates of our Fallen Officers, and other important dates in BPD History so that they are never forgotten.
On Dates of Fallen Officer, a message like this will go out...
On this day 2002 we lost our brother Detective Thomas G. Newman, On 21 April 2001, Tommy drove his Chevy S-10 pickup onto an Amoco gas station in South Baltimore. While there, he encountered four men who began to taunt him. Newman identified himself as a police officer, believing that would diffuse the situation. The men walked away, but not before one of them boldly reached and touched his back to indicate he had a weapon. Tommy used his cell phone and called 911 from his vehicle, as he followed the dark red Mazda MPV the men got into. Believing at least one of the men was armed, Newman did not approach them, nor did he want to lose sight of the red Mazda. Tommy was able to alert authorities and gave the 911 operator his location in an attempt to summon sufficient police units. Before police could get to Newman’s location, the men exited their vehicle, all-running in different directions. Unbeknownst to Newman, one of the men doubled back and approached the rear of his truck. Newman was on his cellular phone with the 911 dispatcher when the man fired five shots. Newman was wounded as a result of the attack. Despite his injuries, Detective Newman remained committed to the job he loved. He helped convict at least one of the men that shot him.
As a result of that incident and Tommy's testimony on November 23, 2002, at approximately 1:50 a.m. while Tommy was leaving Joe’s Tavern on the Dundalk Ave. he was ambushed and shot by three men that planned to take his life in retaliation for his testimony in the April 2001 shooting that left him wounded. One of the suspects responsible for Newman’s murder was the half-brother of the suspect who was convicted and imprisoned for the attempted murder of Detective Newman in April of 2001.
Detective Newman was a twelve-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department and is survived by his son, daughter, mother, sisters, brother, nieces, and nephews. Detective Newman was a key part of his family unit; his strength and love are a painful loss. His death has also saddened his squad members in the Check and Fraud Unit. Sorrowfully, Tommy’s desk is as he left it. His jacket hangs on the back of his chair. Photographs of his children hang on the surrounding wall and slips of phone messages are neatly stacked one on top of the other. Anyone that knew Tommy knew how devoted he was to his family, his friends, and the Baltimore Police Department.
Tommy was a good guy, good police and will never be forgotten by us, his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department. RIP Tommy, you know how much you meant to those of us lucky enough to have gotten to work with you, and become your friend. Likewise, we have the "Today in Baltimore Police History" which is sent out on anniversary dates of important events, such as the 100th anniversary of our Motors unit when we sent this out... Today in Baltimore City Police History 1914 - The Motor Unit was organized and initiated (29 May 1914) - It began with just five Officers, Patrolman Schleigh, Bateman, Pepersack, Vocke, and Louis. - They had 5 Indian twin-cylinder motorcycles. The main duty back then was to chase down speeding horse-drawn vehicles, but that quickly changed with the growing number of automobiles in Baltimore. Motors has been in continuous operation since this day in 1914. Likewise, it has seen continuous growth, picking up new responsibilities, and new members over the years, going from 5 members in 1914 to more than double in 1916… and by the mid to late 1920s, they doubled yet again. Starting with Indians in 1914, they were forced to switch to Harley Davidson throughout the years. Two things forced that change, 1st Indian went out of business, and second Harley was the best bike going at the time, it was used by Military, and Police throughout the country. In the beginning Motors Officers, worked out of the Districts, but in the 1930's they were reassigned from patrol to the newly formed Traffic Division, and were designated as part of the “Traffic Enforcement Section”, as the "Motors Unit” or “Motorcycle Unit" (the division also handled, "Parking Control", "Foot Traffic" that directed traffic downtown, and part of the "Accident Investigation Unit". The number of officers has risen, and fallen several times over the course of our department's history due to finances, safety, and political issues. But is alive, and well today with some of the best motor men it has seen in years. Recent Commissioners support Motor Units and promise to keep them running strong. Harley Davidson is currently the only brand used and has been since 1920 when a Harley shop opened in Baltimore. The Department has been known to use Cushmans, small Hondas, and other mini bike/moped type scooters, but nothing other than Harley has been ridden by our Motors Officers. The Cushman, Hondas and lesser bikes were used by special opts, and footmen to get to their posts. You might see some dirt bikes ridden today by special opts officers throughout the city, some rooster tails in city parks coming off the rear tire of a dirt bike, whatever it takes to catch the bad guy and keep our public safe. If you are working, tell a motors guy Happy Birthday - today his unit turned 100… Today is a big day for our department, in that it has reached the 100th anniversary of a very important and successful unit that without such unit we couldn’t fight crime, and suppress evil, as well as we have for the past century. And we made the following Motor's 100th Anniversary Logo to Celebrate it... This should be available on Patches, Decals, and T-Shirts before long
With this, if there is something historical relevant to the Baltimore Police Department, a day won't go by that our members don't learn of our history, or fail to remember our Fallen Brothers and Sister.
- Other benefits as may become available
Send your membership application to:
Baltimore City Police History
8138 Dundalk Ave.
Baltimore Maryland 21222
We need to explain the reason we won't sell, or trade donated items. Technically those items don't belong to us, they belong to the museum, and will be kept on hand in said museum because those items are usually from family members of officers, those family members are trusting us to keep those items on display, so they and other family members can come to see the items... For that reason, we are making sure those items never leave the possession of the museum.
Please contact Det. Ret. Kenny Driscoll if you have any pictures of you or your family members and wish them remembered here on this tribute site to Honor the fine men and women who have served with Honor and Distinction at the Baltimore Police Department.