Bel Air Police Department

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Bel Air Police Department
Common name Bel Air Police Department
Abbreviation BAPD
Bel Air Police Patch
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Shield of the Bel Air Police Department
Motto We Value and Protect Life and Property
Agency overview
Preceding agency Municipal Police
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Town of Bel Air in the state of Maryland, USA
Population 10,264 (2014) [1]
Legal jurisdiction Incorporated Bel Air, MD
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 39 N. Hickory Avenue
Agency executives
  • Charles A. Moore, Chief of Police
  • Richard J. Peschek, Deputy Chief
BAPD official site:
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Bel Air Police Department (BAPD) is a full-service agency servicing the incorporated Municipality of Bel Air, Maryland. The department is located in the Harford county seat of Bel Air at 39 North Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. BAPD is Bel Air's primary law enforcement agency which was established in 1874.[2]


Charles A. Moore [3]


The department consists of the following Divisions & Specialized Units:

  • Patrol
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • Narcotics Task Force*
  • K-9 Unit
  • SWAT*
  • Training Division
  • Community / School Policing
  • Honor Guard
  • Communications
  • Records
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Cadet Program
  • Auxiliary Unit
  • Explorer Post #9010

*The Narcotics Task Force & SWAT Team are both multi-jurisdictional and composed of members from the Bel Air Police Department and other local police agencies.


Bel Air Police Car: 2012 Ford Police Interceptor.

The Bel Air Police Department utilizes a patrol fleet of Chevrolet Impalas, Chevy Trailblazers and Chevy Tahoes. Motorcycle: Harley Davidson Electra Glide. Incident Command Vehicle: Ford E350.

In the fall of 2012, the Bel Air Police Department began purchasing Ford Police Interceptors which are now built with the Taurus chassis and body. With the new vehicles, BAPD also changed the color scheme to black with white lettering; much different from the traditional white with green stripes.[4]

See picture.

Rank structure and insignia[edit]

To promote within the department, members must perform a written exam and an oral board. Based on scores in both categories, a member will be selected for the open position. The process is similar for lateral positions, i.e. Detective, Community Police Officer, K-9 Handler, etc.[5] Below are sworn personnel ranks used by the Bel Air Police Department. The rank insignia are worn on the collar, or the sleeve just below the department patch.

Title Insignia Duties
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Directs Police Department
Deputy Chief (D/C)
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Patrol & Operations Commander
Sergeant (SGT)
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Specialized Unit / Shift Supervisor
Corporal (CPL)
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First Line Supervisor
Officer First Class (OFC)
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Road Patrol / Specialized Units
Detective (DET)
Investigates Serious Crime
Officer (OFF)
Road Patrol


The official site of the BAPD:


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°32′19.69″N 76°20′53.76″W / 39.5388028°N 76.3482667°W / 39.5388028; -76.3482667