Frederick City Police Department (Maryland)

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Coordinates: 39°24′49″N 77°24′47″W / 39.413701°N 77.413082°W / 39.413701; -77.413082

Frederick City Police Department
Abbreviation FPD
Motto If you want to make a difference…
If you want to be part of something great…
If you believe that public service can bring out the best in you…
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Maryland, United States
Frederick County Maryland Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Frederick Highlighted.svg
Fredercick City Police Districts
Size 57.50 km²
Population 65,239
Legal jurisdiction Frederick, Maryland
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 100 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Officers 141
Agency executive Thomas Ledwell, Chief of Police
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Frederick City Police Department (FPD) provides police services to the city of Frederick, Maryland, the second-largest city in that state. The department is organized into several divisions, and is responsible for policing more than 65,000 people in an area of 57.50 square kilometres (22.20 sq mi). FPD is headed by Thomas Ledwell.[1]

Two members of this department have died in the line of duty. Officer John H. Adams was shot on 9 August 1922. Police officer Richard Mark Bremer died in a traffic accident on 23 October 2008.[2]

In April 2014, Officer Benjamin Whitmore pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting his girlfriend. [3]

Ethan Saylor's Death[edit]

In February 2013 a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome named Ethan Saylor died in police custody after refusing to leave a movie theatre. His death was ruled a homicide by asphyxia by the chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore. The three officers involved were placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident was investigated.[4] A grand jury decided to not indict the offers involved and a Frederick County State's attorney closed the case saying "They felt no further investigation was necessary".[5]

In October 2013 the family of Saylor filed a civil case against the sheriff's office. They did not specify a dollar amount for the damages. They also created a petition on asking for an independent investigation and better training for officers. The petition garnered 340,000 signatures and Governor Martin O'Malley created a commission to "improve training for first responders in situations involving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."[6] In May 2014 Senator Dick Durbin held a hearing in the Judiciary subcommittee which he called "Ethan's Hearing" and was focused on improving law enforcement interaction with disabled people. According to the Frederick News Post, Ethan Saylor has become "a national symbol for how law enforcement can mishandle developmentally disabled people."[7]

A documentary named "Justice For Ethan" was made about the incident.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Departments > Police > About FPD > About Chief Ledwell". The City of Frederick. 
  2. ^ "Search for a Fallen Officer". Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). 
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  3. ^ Frederick police officer admits assaulting girlfriend, by Danielle Gaines, 2 April 2014, Frederick News-Post
  4. ^ Vargas, Theresa (19 Feb 2013). "Md. man with Down syndrome who died in police custody loved law enforcement". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Vargas, Theresa (22 March 2013). "Grand jury rejects criminal charges in death of Robert Saylor, man with Down syndrome". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Gaines, Danielle E. (17 October 2013). "Saylor family files lawsuit in son's death". Frederick News Post. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  7. ^ News-Post Editorial Board (5 May 2014). "Ethan Saylor becomes national symbol for law enforcement failures". Frederick News Post. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ethan Saylor documentary screening and forum to be held". Frederick News Post. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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