the Anne Arundel County Police Department
Arundel County Police Department was created by an Act of the Maryland General Assembly in 1937, and was comprised of a Chief
of Police, three sergeants, and seventeen patrolmen. Headquartered in Ferndale, with substations located in Galesville, Eastport,
and Pasadena, the officers worked 12-hour shifts, six days a week. Equipped with only four patrol cars to cover 416 square
miles, they served an estimated population of more than 64,000 people.
the half-century that followed World War II, the population of Anne Arundel County grew rapidly. As the county population
increased, so did the need for police services. Today, the Anne Arundel County has a population of more than a half-million.
Between 1990 and 2000, the population grew by more than 62,000 people. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Anne Arundel County
is ranked 114 out of 3,141 counties in the United States.
Arundel County Police Department evolved to meet the changing needs of their county and today, has more than a 1,000 sworn
and civilian members organized into two large Bureaus: Field Operations Bureau and Technical Services Bureau. In addition to the leaders of those Bureaus answering directly to the chief of police, the law enforcement
officials in charge of the Special Services Section and Management and Planning Section also answer directly to the chief
Operations Bureau of the Anne Arundel County Police Department includes the Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division
and Special Operations Division. The Patrol Division is organized along geographic
lines with four districts (east, west, north and south). The Special Operations
Division includes the K9 unit, aviation resources and Traffic Safety.
Service Bureau of the Anne Arundel Police Department contains all the support services normally seen in a large police agency
such as personnel, training, community relations, etc.
Bryan Heger and his book Me and the Boys was awarded
the 2007 Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication by the Internatioinal Union of Police Associations.
was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was raised on a small, family owned farm south of Baltimore City called Hanover. After
graduating from Arundel Senior High School, he went to work for the Anne Arundel County Police Department where, after twenty-six
years, the last thirteen as a sergeant, he received a medical retirement. He and his boys now live in Pasadena, Maryland.
Both of the boys attend local schools, and the author works as a full-time dad. He
is the author of Me and the Boys: A Man's Guide
to Single Parenthood.
to the description of Me and the Boys: A Man's
Guide to Single Parenthood, “Imagine yourself a twenty-six veteran police officer with a file full of commendations.
Fully half your career was as a sergeant responsible for a number of young officers under your command. You put in your time
on the street. You paid your dues. You’re still young and good at your job, a nice home, two great young boys and a
pile up. Back surgery sidelines you – permanently. The department can’t use you anymore and you’re out on
medical retirement while in your prime. The wife leaves you, the boys, the state. This is not the script for some tear streaked
television show full of angst. It’s the story of Sergeant. Bryan Heger who went from street cop to Mr. Mom with determination,
compassion for his kids, and fortunately a sense of humor.
the Boys, is the story of a man who makes the best of a bad situation and does it without bitterness. He embraces his boys,
begins restructuring their lives, and he wrote this book. With self deprecating humor, he describes all the little things,
what to shop for to feed and clothe two active youngsters, how long to leave the spaghetti in the water, learning that bed
sheets do wear out and come from a store, not the linen closet are only part of the learning curve he describes.
of a diatribe against an estranged spouse, instead of complaining about the burdens of single parenthood, Bryan goes from
the streets to the kitchen in a humorous but a highly practical guide for the single parent, male or female. Single parents
will identify closely with the book, learn from it, and certainly chuckle through much of it. For them it’s a “must
read”, but it’s not just for them. Anyone with a sense of humor and a dash of compassion will find it an enjoyable
and compelling read.”