About the Baltimore Police Department
preservation of the peace, protection of property and the arrest of offenders has been the goal of Baltimore residents since
August 8, 1729, when the Legislature created Baltimore Towne.
first attempt to organize a force to guard Baltimore occurred in 1784. Constables were appointed and given police powers to
keep the peace. The State Legislature on March 16, 1853, passed a bill, "to provide
for the better security for the people and property in the City of Baltimore." This statute provides that police officers
should be armed and that a badge and commission be furnished each member.
the Baltimore Police Department’s jurisdiction encompasses an area of 86.0 square miles: 78.3 sq. miles of land and
7.7 sq. miles on waterways. The present Headquarters Building of the Police Department was opened in 1972.
Lindsay was a police officer and detective for the Baltimore Police Department (Maryland) for over twenty years. He has a BS in criminal justice and an MS in clinical psychology.
He is a licensed psychological associate in the State of Maryland and has worked extensively in suicide investigations
and hostage negotiations, and he has lead training courses for law enforcement personnel.
Lindsay is the co-author of Suicide by Cop:
Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You. According to the
book description, “The phenomenon of suicide by cop has increased in frequency in recent years, creating great concern
in the law enforcement community. In suicide by cop, an individual behaves so as to provoke police officers into attempting
to disarm him, sometimes killing him in the process. For example, an individual may hold a gun and advance toward police officers,
refusing to stop or drop the weapon. It has proven difficult but important to distinguish these acts from those in which there
is no justification for police officers’ killing an individual, and from those in which a person is killed during a
confrontation with police, but had no suicidal motivation. Criminal penalties for the police officers involved and civil lawsuits
by the relatives of the deceased person depend critically on these distinctions.
book examines what we know about the phenomenon of suicide by cop and places this behavior in a broader context. For example,
some murder victims (perhaps as many as a quarter) provoke the murderer, to some extent, into killing them—so-called
victim-precipitated homicide. In some cases, it has been suspected that murderers kill and act thereafter in such a way as
to provoke the state into executing them. The authors then examine some of the issues specific to suicide by cop, such as
whether there is a racial bias in these acts and what the legal implications are. Finally, they discuss the process of hostage
negotiation (since those involved in suicide by cop often take hostages during the confrontation with police), the need to
provide counseling for police officers involved in suicide-by-cop incidents, and how we might reduce the incidence of this