New police captain takes the reins at Wilkens Precinct

Capt. Eliot Latchaw is the new commander of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Wilkens Precinct, which serves the southwest area of the county.

Latchaw, a 23-year veteran of the department, said his priority is addressing violent crime in what he said is one of the busiest precincts in Baltimore County.

“Fighting crime is first and foremost,” Latchaw said. “And making sure that communities are safe goes hand in hand with that.”

Latchaw will lead 133 officers and four staff members in a precinct that serves 78,000 people. The Wilkens precinct covers western Baltimore County south of Baltimore National Pike.

The captain began his career at 19, as a cadet, working narcotics at North Point in Dundalk.

Latchaw has worked in Cockeysville, Dundalk and Parkville. He was one of the first sergeants in the then-new Violent Crimes Unit, and spent four years in the SWAT unit.

The captain most recently spent two years leading the Special Operations Unit, overseeing teams including the K-9 unit, hostage negotiators and bomb squads.

“I would like to think that I’m pretty well rounded,” Latchaw said. “I don’t like to become stale, or complacent, or stay put too long.”

A Dulaney High School graduate, Latchaw lives in Baldwin with his wife of nearly 20 years and two teenage children, he said.

The public can meet Latchaw at a town hall meeting on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Arbutus Library.

The meeting, organized by the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization, will address opioids and crime prevention.

Latchaw replaces Capt. Robert McCullough, who was promoted to major and assigned to the Operations Bureau.

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