Home > News > 

County honors black police officers
[Annapolis, MD]

April 16, 2001
Print Comment RSS

County honors black police officers
[Annapolis, MD]

April 17, 2001
(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) – A Maryland county honors some pioneers -- the black officers who integrated its police department.

Anne Arundel County hired its first black officers in 1965. Those former recruits, Norfleet Barnes and Reginald Harris, will be among the guests tonight at a dinner at the county community college. Cpl. Elinor Foote, the first blck woman to serve in the county department, will also be thee, along with acting Capt. Athena M. Baker, the highest-ranking African-American.

Maryland remained a segregated state into the 1960s. George Phelps Jr., the first black to serve as a law enforcement officer in any Anne Arundel agency when he became a sheriff’s deputy, remembers a former county police official promising that there would be no black officers, ever.

Phelps and other officers and former officers say that Anne Arundel still has some distance to go. There are now 44 blacks in a department with more than 600 officers, and there are even fewer Hispanics and Asians.

Full story: County honors black police officers
[Annapolis, MD]

PoliceOne Offers

Breaking Police News

P1 on Facebook

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips, columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

PoliceOne Exclusives

Featured Videos