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New Parkville Police Captain Brings 26 Years of Experience

Parkville's police station has a new commander, and Patch sat down to talk to him about his career, police work and his family.

 

After 26 years on the force and nearly 11 years as a captain, Baltimore County police Capt. Gordon Skinner has found his way to the top office at Precinct 8 on Old Harford Road.

It might be his first time in the upstairs office, but Skinner is no stranger to the Parkville-Overlea area. He grew up in nearby White Marsh and graduated from Overlea High School.

After he joined the force, Skinner was assigned to the Parkville precinct twice, as a patrol officer from 1986-1987 and again in the early 1990s.

"This is just a neat place to work," Skinner said. "[There's] a lot of positive interaction between the people and the police; you looked forward to coming to work here when I was a patrol officer.”

Since making captain at age 36, Skinner's served as a precinct commander in Essex, as traffic management commander for the department, and most recently as the head of the Office of Safe Schools.

"That was like having a whole precinct full of kids," he said.

The Office of Safe Schools manages 63 police officers assigned to every high school and all but six middle schools in Baltimore County.

"A lot of the stuff that I've done for the past couple of years has had a countywide impact," he said. "This job will obviously be focused just on the precinct—it's a specific area, a specific group of people, and it will be nice to be able to focus on more specific issues."

Skinner isn't one to tell stories about his career as a cop—he's perfectly happy not going for the glory.

"One thing that I’ve always been very comfortable with is being in the background. I don’t need to be the one being seen as long as the work is getting done. I’m a big teamwork kind of person. It doesn’t matter who gets the credit as long as it’s getting done properly," he said.

Like his predecessor, former Parkville precinct commander Thomas Busch, Skinner places a heavy emphasis on communication.

"It’s too easy to overlook the support that people give the police department. We don’t just get to do good things; we have to do things that people consider controversial, you absolutely have to have the support of the public," Skinner said.

"I tell my officers 'take an extra five minutes to explain to people why you did something or why you can’t do something' ... it’s unacceptable to say 'it’s not my job.' "

The new captain has always been drawn to police work. His father served as a precinct commander in White Marsh and in Cockeysville and his maternal grandfather was a sergeant with the Baltimore City Police Department.

"It’s kind of like a family business sort of thing, that’s how we do an awful lot of our recruiting is by word of mouth," he said.

Skinner lives in Pennsylvania with his wife of 17 years who worked as a dispatcher for Baltimore County. That's where they met. He has three children between the ages of 9 and 15.

He's not sure if any of his children plan to follow in his footsteps like he followed in his father's, but he isn't worried about it.

"I think this is the kind of job that you don’t encourage somebody to take," Skinner said. "If somebody considers it a calling, they have to make that decision. You don’t make it for them."

Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I hope with the change of leadership that when one calls 911 it doesn't take 2 hours to respond. I also hope that officers will give their name and badge numbers when one needs for insurance purposes. Why are they reluctant to provide such information, It's their duty. And will someone tell the officers to please learn to use their turn signals. Also coming Northbound on Belair Rd before Dunfield there is a ramp that goes to 43 for use by those traveling NB on Belair. Will someone also ask the officers to cease stopping in the left lane of the southbond side of Belair Road to use the northbound ramp to 43 unless it's an emergency of course. Many motorists do this but to see a police officer blatantly stop in the road and hold up traffic to make an illegal and unsafe turn is unsettling.
LalainMaryland January 03, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Captain Skinner: congratulations! Local cops do a wonderful job.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Yep, they sure do. (rolling eyes) Too bad they wouldn't arrest one of their own family members a few years ago when he beat an elderly member of my family and then called him four dozen plus times over the phone threatening and harassing him over the phone over the course of a week. And this after forcing him to move out of his home to get away from this harassment. Although it took almost an act of GOD to force the BCPD to come to the house when the calls were being made an officer eventually showed up, begrudgingly took some of the calls and did little in his follow up. To walk into court and see and hear a WWII vet be called not credible (and not even being allowed to testify as charges were dropped) by the Balto County States Attorneys Office who took the word of two snotty cops and have to see a member of my family become a victim all over again as the BCPD and a couple of it's officers covered for this 23 year old moron in order to have the charges dismissed was sickening.
LalainMaryland January 03, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Good, I was hoping you'd respond Kim. Your posts are always so well-written and balanced (rolling eyes). If you have an issue, file a complaint with Internal Affairs. Don't demonize an entire category of people because of one bad interaction. Captain Skinnet and other local cops: pay attention to what she has written elsewhere. It's enlightening.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Been there done that, wasted effort. This was an event that went on for several months and culminated in a detective making false statements. Outright lies discounted as mistakes. Very elaborate detailed statements cannot be mistakes, they are lies. But hey, what's the big deal a 23 year old punk related to a detective attacked an old man then called and threatened him and his wife for months. The action of the BCPD officers involved in this were unspeakable and unforgivable. I'm sorry hon, but I've known more than a handful of cops. Several were alcoholics, wife abusers, cheater and drug users. Please note I said many, not all. BTW, who are the frequent fliers at the Haven Place at Pulaski and Haven Street? Cops. Let's not forget the number of both Baltimore City and County police officers who have been arrested for crimes ranging from robbery to murder to child molestation. How many have been in the county. Four or Five? There was even a case about 5 years ago in Dundalk in which the cop was riding around with a 13 yo boy in his cruiser molesting him. and another in which a cop from Dundalk was going to Essex in his Crown Vic and forcing a woman to have relations with him. Of course he was only fired, never arrested but later tossed of the force and the county sued. BTW, I think most if not all of my posts are far better written and with far less spelling and grammatical errors than many of the reports generated by the BCPD that I've seen.
M. Sullivan January 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Interesting that this Baltimore Co. police captain has chosen to move his family to PA. Maybe he knows it's a better place to raise a family than Baltimore Co.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Lower taxes and cheaper home prices. I see another double dipper retiree in the making here. lol ,,,,,,,, but I digress to my original reply. Will somebody teach Baltimore County cops how to drive and properly use their turn signals? Are they not subject to the same traffic laws we are and even more so due to reasons of public safety in times of an emergency?
LalainMaryland January 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
We are all so full of sunshine this New Year, aren't we? Baltimore County is a fabulous place to raise children.
JenniferQ January 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I am still trying to see how the comments made by Kim Collington have anything to do with the announcement of Captain Skinnet as the new Captain at the Parkville Precinct. I am sorry that she has had such a terrible experience. However that has nothing to do with this man or this article. As of now the responses/comments have had nothing to do with this article. This is a news site, not facebook or a text message - if you want to show how serious you are, avoid using "texting" abbreviations when posting a comment.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
LMBO, and your reply has what to do with this topic? Can't argue with the truth now can we? Obviously BC is a "WUNNERFUL WUNNERFUL" place to raise kids. So much so that the new police captain, as M Sullivan pointed out, bought a home in PA and is raising his children there. ROTFLMBO!!!
LalainMaryland January 03, 2012 at 05:54 PM
The playboy model strikes again with her wit and wisdom.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
It's all about who's running the asylum hon.
Tim January 03, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I've actually given it some thought (the costs of housing are enticing), and York County schools I'm told are rock solid. However, I've got a pretty nice job and the commute would be horrible. Still, people who think Baltimore Co. is a 'lousy' place to raise a family respectfully haven't gotten out much.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Sorry Tim , I disagree and would suggest that it is you who may have not gotten out much. but I have lived all over the world and been to probably 40 of the 48 continental states. There are far better places in this country to live, work and raise kids than BC, Peoples Republic of Maryland. I have not much longer in this dump.
Tim January 03, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Maryland public schools are consistently in the top 5 or 6 states year in and year out. Baltimore County is (like other counties) a mixed bag as far as individual school quality goes. However, being I reside in the area covered by “PH Patch” I’m going to discuss this location. Elementary Schools? Chapel Hill’s one of the state’s best. Gunpowder last I checked was around 80th out of 300 in the state. Perry Hall Middle is above average among all, and PH High School consistently falls in the top 25-33% of all high schools, with local access to Eastern Tech - which if you get in, is #1 in the state. Sure, if you drive 10 minutes down towards Overlea, or towards Dundalk/Essex, it's a somewhat varied story. The one thing BC really fails at is providing an optimal climate (literally, the unacceptable lack of A/C in the schools). Additionally, for the pre-K kids, were you aware that Maryland (along with Kansas) has the most stringent daycare regulations re: teacher/student ratio than any other state in the union? See, it's tricky to make gross generalizations like you do…I know you’re more intelligent then this. It’s unfortunate your bias against the state and area override this intelligence. Even more unfortunate that you find yourself so filled with ‘rage’ that you have to post all about it for all of us (who could care less) on the local forums in the area you ‘loathe’ so much. I'm trying to decide if it's more ironic, or just sad.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 08:13 PM
My so called bias overrides my intelligence? Rage? ROTFLMBO. How condescending you are. The truth is my intelligence tells me exactly what this overtaxed, overrated, liberal welfare state is. Be sure tyou vote for O'Moron at every opportunity Bubba. I suggest if you don't care what I have to say then stop responding. Baltimorons? LOL!
Tim January 03, 2012 at 08:26 PM
My oh my, I got you nice and flustered. That wasn't difficult.
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Don't flatter yourself Timmy. I don't rattle that easy.
Tim January 03, 2012 at 08:59 PM
and you're an even more terrible liar. How cute!
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Yawn. Crackmorons, Geez!
LalainMaryland January 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Kim, I am continually offended by your rhetoric. Before you go crazy and call me a liberal, I am a registered Republican and vote that way. However, I also like to engage my cerebral cortex and respond intelligently. You seem to be a Tea Partier which is fine, but you have no respect for anyone but your own narrow-minded views. Your acronyms are ridiculous and you continually engage in personal attacks. You say you are leaving repeatedly so please go. Your overinflated ego and churlish attacks will not be missed. Kudos to our schools and our cops!
Kim Collington January 03, 2012 at 10:33 PM
ROTFLMAO! Too bad, I'm not the PC type. I'm not sorry at all if you're offended.. Sometimes the truth is harsh and offensive and especially to those unwilling to acknowledge truth. Obviously you are one who only wants to hear what they want to hear as to not upset your fantasy world. Me a Tea Partier? LMAO !!! Another bigot intolerant of others political beliefs even though you have no idea what political persuasion I may be. I sincerely doubt that you are a Republican. BTW, I haven't attacked you at all, which proves that you are a thin skinned liberal. Obviously you deny the problems that I have mentioned with both the Baltimore City and County police departments. Do you work for either agency or have a family member employed with either agency? I think so. Your bias is oozing. When I finish my work in the People's Republic of Maryland, land of Martin O'Moron and his blind sheep disciples, the land of take from the working and give to the do nothings, the state whose Motto should be "If you can dream it, we can tax it" I'll be happy to head south where liberals aren't taken so seriously. Enjoy your welfare state La-la. BTW La-LA Maryland would do well to privatize the public school system and do away with the Teachers Unions and the police department has no legal obligation to protect you courtesy of a ruling by the SCOTUS. Arm yourself. lol
LalainMaryland January 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
She who laughs last laughs loudest, and I am laughing at YOU! No one in my family is a cop; I'm a teacher and proud of it. There are bad apples in every profession; there are bad apples in humanity. It appears you are rotten. Liberal? No. Republican? Yes. Disgusted by your arttitude in this and other articles? Absolutely. Go to Texas. I'm sure they'd welcome you. I hope cops are reading this and learn your name.
Kim Collington January 04, 2012 at 12:30 AM
No 'm having the last laugh. You're a teacher, one who can't DO so must teach. It must have been rather fun for you to dump the reading, writing and arithmetic programs so you can indoctrinate young minds into left wing loonies & teach them that it's alright for Heather to have two daddies. U are not a Republican, you're a liberal owned and controlled by the NEA. Liberals always grumble about tolerance and demand free speech but only when it conforms to their misguided beliefs. Certainly Texas welcomes me, I'm from there. U of T - Austin hon. Liberal I support the Constitution of the US of A & I demand every one of our leaders adhere to it be it crooked police or crooked judges, poorly educated teachers or our own nitwit Teleprompter in Chief. Thank God I stayed out of the public school system and went to Catholic schools So, the new police captain lives in PA and his kids go to school there That tells you exactly what he thinks of Baltimore County and it's school system. And La-La, what if the cops were reading this? My name is Kim Collington. What can they do about anything I have said? Everything I have said was reported in the news and is fact. What kind of teacher are you if you can't understand that. You want me arrested because I said something that is my right to say? What a nut job you are. You really need to take a high school civics lesson. My god the people they let be teachers today and we wonder why our kids are.. well, "stupid"
LalainMaryland January 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Actually I'm a high school English teacher so my BA is in English and my Masters is in education. HON, those who teach do it all. I also went to Catholic schools so you lose on that one, too. What I meant about the cops was that if you got pulled over, or got into trouble, it would be so sad if they recognized your name. Cast not the first stone, little conservative, and turn the other cheek.
Kim Collington January 04, 2012 at 01:09 AM
QUoting you - "What I meant about the cops was that if you got pulled over, or got into trouble, it would be so sad if they recognized your name. Cast not the first stone, little conservative, and turn the other cheek." unquote BA in English? Ahh Huh. Ur probably that squirrely phys ed teacher from PHS? Again nitwit what could the police do about my comments if they stopped me for god forbid not using a turn signal? Nothing, NADA! Most of them would be asking for my phone number. lol Are you really that poorly educated in First Amendment rights? " Little conservative?" hmmm..... your liberal slip was showing ions ago.. It must be weird living in a fantasy where you only hear things that you want to.
LalainMaryland January 04, 2012 at 01:15 AM
This shall be my last response to you because you are not worth it. However, as an ENGLISH teacher, I must correct you. 1-use commas when addressing someone ( your moronic nitwit comment. 2-EONS is how you spell it. Ions are scientific. I know all about the First Amendment. Unfortunately people like you abuse it by spewing garbage. As far as getting your number, you stole that photo from Playboy. God only knows why your true face looks like. And a fantasy would be commentators like you disappearing. You poor soul, you must have no companionship, or be just a hateful person. I pity you.
LalainMaryland January 04, 2012 at 01:16 AM
EDIT-what you look like, not why
Kim Collington January 04, 2012 at 01:26 AM
That's two responses teach. OMG, you got me on my commas. ions, lol I'm a scientist! bwahaha a slip. They need a bigger edit box on this site. I find it rather pitiful that you would suggest, support, or applaud a law enforcement officer taking some sort of vengeance on an American citizen exercising his/her First Amendment rights. I suppose you support Obama's recently signed law allowing him to arrest, detain and hold indefinelty American citizens without benefit of an attorney at law or charges being filed. Some American you are. I would suggest Communism. Listen up net nitwit I didn't steal the profile photo from anyone. Obviously it bothers you so I'll keep it. A solider at my lab in APG had it and because the photo is of a person that is almost an exact double to me he emailed it to me. So now you know the rest of the story. Google Mama Cass, you might find one close enough to use for yourself. The final point and MATCH POINT , [Game, Set & Match to moi ] the new police Capitan is not a resident of BC nor do his children attend BC schools. Even he had enough sense to get out of the Peoples Republic. Keep indoctrinating those young minds into becoming wards of the state libbie. I bet $1 million you just have to respond. lmbo
Ruth Baisden January 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
You’re invited to meet Parkville’s New Police Captain at this Thursday’s Greater Parkville Community Council Meeting. Captain Skinner will address crime related concerns in the Parkville, Carney, and Cub Hill area. The meeting is open to the public and will be held: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 7:00 PM, Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville.

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