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Berlin SWAT sent to Baltimore to help during unrest

(April 30, 2015) Among the law enforcement agencies called on to assist during the Baltimore rioting and looting on Monday was the Berlin Police Department, which dispatched its SWAT team to the city at 7:30 that evening.
The department was called on by the State of Maryland Emergency Management Agency through the Worcester County Office of Emergency Services.  The state emergency management agency is headed by Clay Stamp, who headed emergency services in Ocean City for years.
The Berlin department sent six members who reported to Baltimore City Police Headquarters.
Upon arrival in the city, Baltimore Police Command assigned the Berlin team to provide security for civil disorder officers who were holding established police lines.  Berlin Police Units operated in the area of North and Philadelphia Avenues, which is the location where the CVS Pharmacy burned earlier in the day.  
The Berlin team relieved other SWAT units who had responded from other surrounding jurisdictions and had been operating in that area since early Monday morning.  Upon completion of this assignment, Berlin officers secured later in the morning on Tuesday and returned to Berlin.
Police are maintaining communication with the Office of Emergency Management for possible re-deployment to Baltimore as the situation unfolds.