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Northwestern District

Street Address: 5271 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Mailing Address: Click for mailing instructions
Phone: 410-396-2466
E-mail: E-mail the Northwestern District

1874 Northwestern District History – 1874 – The Northwestern District was first opened at Pennsylvania Ave and Lambert Street in 1874 where it remained until 1958/9 when they moved to their present district on Reisterstown Rd.

The Northwestern District is one of the largest in the City and it borders the Northern District, Southwestern District, Western District and Baltimore County. The Northwestern District has a very diverse population and it’s Police personnel are also very diverse. The police have made great strides in reducing violent crime and will continue to do so.



Arlington, Ashburton, Burleith – Leighton, Callaway – Garrison, Central Forest Park, Central Park Heights, Cheswolde, Cross Country, Dolfield, Dorchester, East Arlington, Eastwood, Fallstaff, Forest Park, Garwyn Oaks, Glen, Grove Park, Hanlon Park, Hanlon – Longwood, Hillsdale Park, Howard Park, Langston Hughes, Liberty Square, Lucille Park, Park Circle, Park Heights, Pimlico, Powder Mill Park, Purnell, Reisterstown Station, Seton Business Park, Television Hill, Towanda – Grantley, West Arlington, West Forest Park, Windsor Hills, Woodmere

Neighborhood Resources

Reisterstown Plaza AssociatesMt. Washington VillageMount Washington Improvement Association

The Northwest District is the home of the world renown Preakness and Maryland’s famous Pimlico Race track attracting visitors from around the world

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Courtesy Nancy Jones

Photo courtesy Officer Rick Krause

Photo courtesy Officer Rick Krause

Photo courtesy Officer Rick Krause

Photo courtesy Officer Rick Krause

Photo courtesy Officer Rick Krause

Courtesy Lt. Jim Carnes


Northwest District Officers

Gustav A. Romoser Sr., c1880-1940

Appointed to the Baltimore City Police Department on March 2, 1913, he was assigned and proudly served in the Southwestern District, the Northern District and the Traffic Division.


In 1925 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Northwestern District. He then attained the rank of Lieutenant on April 14, 1938. While serving in the Northwest District he developed a very serious heart problem, after a long illness, he passed away June 18, 1938 at the age of 60. Lt. Gustav A. Romoser had an exemplarity 27 year career with the department and his death was a great loss to the department and the citizens of Baltimore. His service Honored the Department. Lieutenant Romoser was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and was a member of Baltimore Police Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Mason and a member of Pythagoras Lodge and a Knights Commander. He leaves his widow, Wilhelmina (Minnie) C. Romoser, three sons, Gustav A. Romoser, Jr., a member of the Baltimore Police Traffic Division; Winfield Romoser, and Vernon Romoser, and two sisters, Mrs. Clara McDonald, of Parkville, Baltimore county, and Mrs. Lottie Lupton, Baltimore. Fellow Police Lieutenants served as pallbearers and he was laid to eternal rest in Western Cemetery near the New Cathedral Cemetery. Data compiled Sister Anne M. O’Donnell Pratt Library, Maryland Room, Biography File, Index Card with Obit; also Microfilm Obituary, Baltimore Sun, Wednesday Morning, June 19, 1940, p. 20 [11-15-10]



SEPTEMBER 16, 1940


Sergeant Albert N. Kirwan


25 Picked City Policemen Training For Riot Squads


Northwestern District Officers Getting Special Instructions On Small Arms, Tear Gas And Sub-Machine Guns


August 30, 1939


A select group of twenty-five Baltimore policemen are going back to school these days to again learn their ABC’s-only this time they are learning the ABC’s of firearms.

The men all of whom are attached to the Northwestern police district, are being formed into riot squads to handle any and all types of mob disorder and violence in the Northwestern district and maybe in the city. They will be under the supervision of Sergeant Albert N. Kirwan.

Following their graduation the officers will be well versed in the use of small, medium and large pistols, tear gas, sub-machine and riot guns.

Made Careful Selection

The idea of organizing the riot squads was fostered by Sergeant Kirwan and captain King commander of the district. The two spent quite a bit of time choosing the group. All members were selected because they had telephones in their homes and owned automobiles. After they were picked the men were separated into three divisions to serve on each of the three shifts.

If and when an emergency arises, Captain King said, a single division can be assembled in the station house in ten minutes and dispatched to the scene of disorder. The three divisions, he added, can be notified and assembled for action at the station house within thirty minutes.

Practice Already Begun

Sergeant Kirwan-better known as Sergeant Jack—who is acting as supervisor of instruction, was selected for his post because of his own ability with all types of firearms and because is well liked by the men.

Practice and instruction in the use the various weapons began Monday At the Police Department pistol range at Saunders Field, on the Governor Ritchie Highway.

Although the twenty-five men were chosen primarily because of their proficiency with small arms, they will not allowed to fire the larger weapons until they have mastered the technique of taking them apart and assembling them and learned how to and unload them without endangering others.

Skull Sessions Set

Skull sessions will be held at various intervals either at the station-house or at Saunders range. When the schooling is over each squad will have 2 sergeants. The 8 A.M. to 4 P. M. squad will have seven members and other two squads will have nine.

The divisions and those comprising squads are as follows:

A- Division:

Sergeants Harry Ernest and Leonard Fehlauer; Patrolmen Edward Bees, Fred Knorline, Fred Gladstone, Carles Schuhart and Elmer Tracy.

B- Division:

Sergeants William Vinup and Carl Kornke; Patrolmen Charles Blaney, WiIliam Krause, Frank McKenna, Edward Bender, Leslie Kummer, Norman Kelly and James McLaughlin.


Sergeants Stanley Oster and John Allen; Patrolmen John Griffin, John O’Brien, Charles Heim, Roger Stocksdale, Francis Kotmair, George Klander and John W. Smith.


Northwest District A & C Division
Liberty Sub-Station Liberty Heights Ave. & Rogers Ave.
October 25, 1940

Lieutenant Matthew Quinn Northwestern District was stabbed numerous times while he was subduing a deranged person who had just stabbed 2 other people. July 21, 1926


Lieutenant Matthew Quinn Northwestern District was stabbed numerous times while subduing
a deranged person who had just stabbed 2 other people. July 21, 1926

Patrolman Maurice C. Erdman

Roll Of Honor Recipient

Officer Erdman of the old Northwestern District, had arrested a suspect for illegal gambling on August 3, 1914 and while leading him to the call box, the suspect pulled a razor and cut his throat severely. Officer Erdman fell to his knees clutching his throat to stop the gushing blood and still had the presence of mind to pull his service revolver and fire 5 shots at the fleeing suspect, striking him three times fatally wounding the suspect. Officer Erdman had joined the department February 4, 1907 and retired in 1947 with 40 years of service and mandatory age of 70. Officer Erdman’s son Walter joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1946 and was assigned to the Northern District. Officer Walter Erdman’s son, Art, joined the Baltimore County Police Department and is still actively serving and he to is a Medal Of Honor Recipient.

The Erdman family is truly a family of service, dedication and bravery.


Officer Elvy Jett Ruby, standing in front of the family home on W 33rd. Street in Hampden
Appointed: March 28, 1919
Retired: Nov 26, 1953
Final Roll Call: Jan 22, 1959


Officer William J. “REDS” DePaola badge#536 academy class 1953. “REDS” was an easy going guy that would keep you laughing all day long with some of the antics he was so famous for.

“Reds” doing what Reds did best.

Some officers just stand out in a district and he was in the top 10 of the NWD.
Reds just had that personality that made a bad day…GOOD.

“Reds” frisking a prisoner

Officer “REDS” DePaola sitting in a minature toy car

Officer Dave P. D’Addario badge# 1801, seen here in his 1953 academy class photo, was a long
time NWD officer who was always an even temper, friendly and all round nice guy

Officer William Craig 1958

Baltimore City Police Department undergoes a major overhaul of district boundaries.

August 31, 1959

Retirement party from the NWD about 1977 for Sgt Stanley Nelka

aptain William Eusini promoted 1970’s and assigned Northwest District

Officer Grover Yox


A Law Enforcement Family. Sergeant James K. Wilhelm (center) surrounded by his children.

Pat, Baltimore Co. Officer, Betty & John are Maryland State Troopers, far right, Jim the oldest and only non-police member of the family. Sergeant Wilhelm was a well liked and respected member of the Northwest District for many years.
He passed away January 17, 2010 and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Sarge, your shift is over, we’ll take it from here.

Officer Tom Leddon Northwest District (above)

Officer Tom Leddon and Officer Don Healy (below)

Officer (Sgt.) Paul Miller, Sergeant Irv Frey,

Officer Al “Mad Dog” Marcus

Sgt. Timothy O’Connell

Leslie J. Stickles, Jr. assigned to the Northwest District upon completion of the police academy. 1970’s

Officer Nancy Jones

NWD 1990’s

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


To the entire family of the Northwest District

Christmas NWD 1990

JoAnn Oliphant Voelker and Officer Charlie Trautwein as Santa Clause

Christmas NWD 1990

Nicole Voelker, Officer JoAnn Oliphant Voelker

Christmas NWD 1990

Nicole Voelker, Officer Ev Voelker, Major Ron Collins

Officer Jules Denitto, Dottie Weitzell (Chief Clerk) NWD

Officer Nancy Jones and her Mom

NWD Christmas 1990

Major Ron Collins (3rd. from left)

Lt. Ben Lieu, Officer Charlie Trautwein, & Major Collins

Robert Menas, Jimmy Magness, Bobbie Magness

Officer Frank Woodland and Officer Hank Harrold

Officer Charles LoRocco

Dave Gatewood, Tina Carlton, Ward Wilson, Ernest Judd

Officer Jimmy Fowler, Officer Stephen Kagarise

Officer Mark Alessi and Officer Dave Simmons

Mike Dunn, Rob Weinhold, Sgt. Barry Baker

Mike Regan, Charles LoRocco

Lieut. Ben Lieu and Officer Kathy Irwin

Officer Michael Burkett

Sergeant Robert Vinci

Officer John K. Nolan and Officer Kathy Irwin Conrad

Dennis Reinhardt, Sharon Reinhard, Tom Bolte


Roll Call: Richard Long Darnell Brock,Villareal, Dennis Reinhardt,
Doug Kerr,Sgt. McCullum,Doug Kerr, Howard Friedman

Ward Wilson, Gerard Busnuk


Donald Grant (L), Robert (Bobby) Mack


P/O Joe Dugan


Joe Dugan & Roxi Cotton


Officer Tony MClaughlin


Joe Dugan, Lynette Nevins), Roxi Cotton,
Robert (Bobby) Mack July 3, 1985



Officer Robert “Bob” Cherry


Officer Ronald Willis


Sgt. Andrew Heavesy






Sgt. George McHargue

Officer Wayne R. Wilson


Officer Calvin Stanley

Officer Joe Dugan

Officer Joe Dugan executing a S & S warrant

Officer Joe Dugan



Officer Bert Israel

Officer Michael Burkett
Officer Dale Weirzbowsk & Officer Lloyd Bernard

Officer Dale Weirzbowski

Officer Herb Mosley

Officer Herb Mosley clowning around

Officer Herb Mosley

Officer Joe Dugan conducting an interview with juvenile suspect

Officer Lynette Nevins & Officer Joe Dugan

Lieutenant Doug Kress at roll call

Offs. Tom Gause, Michael Burkett, Joe Dugan

Officer Michael Burkette eating police food with Officer Donald Leatherwood

Officer Michael Burkette with radar gun

Northwest Crusing Patrol – 661

Officer Bert Israel

Northwest District Officers at shift change

Northwest District – 5271 Reisterstown Rd. – (rear view)

Officer Ross Taylor

Officer Ross Taylor, Officer Mike Kozak, Unk Officer

Officers Roxi Cotton

Officers Roxi Cotton, Harry Roop, Joe Dugan

Officer Roxi Cotton

Sergeant Calvert “Buzz” Koerber

Officer Ron Zamora and his squad NWD


Officer William G. Holtz, Jr.


Northwest District old timers meet for breakfast on the last Monday of each month at Bob Evans on Padonia Road.