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Brendan P. Hopkins moved to Bel Air in 1987. He currently resides with his two sons who both attend Bel Air area schools. He graduated from C. Milton Wright High School and from Harford Community College with an Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems. He held positions in Restaurant Management, Department of Homeland Security-Airline Security, Baltimore County 911 Center-Fire Dispatcher, Harford County Sheriff’s Office 2004-2013, Deputy Criminal Patrol Southern Precinct 2004-2006, Deputy Criminal Patrol Northern Precinct. He was a Field Training Officer 2006-2007 and 2007-2009 Detective Criminal Investigations Division. He handled or assisted with burglary, auto theft, homicide, robbery, identity theft and sexual assault investigations. From 2009-2013 he held the rank of Corporal of the Criminal Investigations Property Crimes Unit Supervisor, Criminal Patrol Road Supervisor and Supervisor of the field training officer program. He is a Maryland Police and Corrections training Commission certified instructor, specializing in burglary, auto theft and hate crime investigations to entrance level law enforcement recruits. In 2013 he retired at the rank of Corporal
His training includes FEMA, effective communication, decision making and problem solving, leadership and influence, national response plan, National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), Multi Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools, principles of emergency Management, introduction to community emergency response teams, emergency planning, developing and managing volunteers, community hurricane preparedness, and Introduction to the public assistance process. In addition, he has received numerous awards and recognitions to include a Professional Development Series Certificate in Emergency Management, HCSO AWARDS included two letters of Commendation, a Governor’s Citation, One Unit Citation and a traffic safety specialist award.