Hampstead swears in new officer, announces police hires at Town Council meeting

Hampstead swears in new officer, announces police hires at Town Council meeting
New Hampstead police officer Robert Orem (center) poses with Mayor Christopher Nevin and David Snyder, the chief of the town's department, after being sworn in at the Jan. 8 Town Council Meeting. (Courtesy Photo)

The Town of Hampstead at its monthly Mayor and Council Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8 swore in a new police officer and announced that it has hired two recruits.

Officer Robert Orem, who was the lone officer sworn in Tuesday, is rejoining the Hampstead Police Department having served on the force for 12 years before leaving in May for a security job at Towson University, according to a news release from the town.


Though Orem had worked at the department for more than a decade, he returns to a new boss, as Hampstead hired David Snyder as its police chief in July — months after Orem’s departure.

“He was a perfectly new face for me,” Snyder told the Times. “We interviewed him along with the seven other certified police officers that applied and I had a chance to review his credentials and listen to him and I was impressed by the way he interviewed and his background and what he had done here previously.”

Orem’s 12 years in the town’s police department make him an asset, the chief said.

“His efforts through the years are one of the reasons Hampstead is consistently ranked as one of Maryland's Safest Places to Live,” Mayor Christopher Nevin said in a statement.

Hampstead in December was ranked the safest city in Maryland for 2018 by SafeWise, a home safety company.

The town also announced it had hired two recruits: Matthew Spencer and Matthew Baughman. The college graduates began attending the academy class at the Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commission facility in Sykesville Jan. 7, the release details.

Spencer, originally from Ellicott City, and Baughman, a former Eagle Scout who graduated from Manchester Valley High, are expected to graduate in August, after which they are to be sworn into the Hampstead police force.

The only problem, Snyder joked, was that he’ll have three officers at the department named “Matt.”

“We didn’t think of this ahead of time,” he said, adding that he’s told the recruits he’ll have to refer to them by last name.

Both recruits are college graduates — Baughman having graduated from Norwich University in Vermont and Spencer from Towson, according to the town’s release.

Baughman is a second lieutenant in the Pennsylvania National Guard, while Spencer works in the film industry, the release details.

“Hampstead has a strong tradition of identifying candidates who excel in the Academy and quickly assimilate into our Department and Town,” Nevin said in his statement. “We look forward to seeing them progress through the Academy and having them actively serving us come this summer.”