By Mary K. Tilghman
8:22 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
Capt. Douglas Irwin, a Carroll County native and a 20-year police veteran who has spent the past 10 months as commander of the Baltimore County Police Department's Internal Affairs Division, was recently assigned to be the new commander of that county's Wilkens Precinct, which oversees the areas of Catonsville and Arbutus.
A graduate of Liberty High School, in Eldersburg, the Community College of Baltimore County and University of Maryland, Irwin decided to apply to the Baltimore County Police after hearing about its good reputation.
He still lives in Carroll with his wife and two teenage children, and the family pets: a dog, two cats, two rabbits, and two goats.
A runner and swimmer, he has served as a torch bearer for the Baltimore County Police Department Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics.
For the past three years, he has been the team captain in a 195-mile relay race with other department members to benefit a nonprofit group helping the homeless population.
While serving as a Scout leader, Irwin led his son's troop on horseback to Philmont, scouting's challenging hiking and camping site in New Mexico.
Earlier this year, he received the Baltimore County Police Foundation's Community Service Award.
His previous assignments include positions at the Criminal Investigation Division, the Community Drug and Violence Interdiction Team, Criminal Intelligence, the 911 Center and the Patrol Division.
He has also been a firearms instructor and a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team.
The new commander said he'll make fighting crime his top priority.
"I've been an investigator at every rank," Irwin said. "I'm a crime fighter first."
"My focus will be on crime: preventing, solving and making sure people aren't afraid of crime," he said.
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