Police: Officer Installed Bathroom Camera at GBHS 'On His Own Volition'

Police say an officer installed a camera in a men's bathroom at Glen Burnie High School without the knowledge of the school or department.

Anne Arundel County Police have placed a 14-year veteran of the Special Services Bureau on leave pending an investigation after a student discovered a camera inside a men's bathroom at Glen Burnie High School on Wednesday morning.

Police said they are opening a criminal investigation into the camera's installation, which the officer reportedly did "on his own volition" without the knowledge of the school system or police department.

No recorded images or video have yet been discovered, police said.

In a letter to parents, GBHS Principal Vickie Plitt referred to the incident as a "very troubling situation" and assured parents a sweep of the building turned up no other cameras.

"The camera placed in the bathroom was not part of our school security camera system and was not connected to it in any way," Plitt wrote. "Our school’s system has cameras only in public locations, and not in bathrooms or locker rooms.

The officer was not identified by police and no charges have been announced by the department.

"The Police Department takes this matter seriously," said Chief of Police Larry W. Tolliver in a press release. "I immediately ordered a thorough investigation of this incident to include consultation with the State’s Attorney’s Office to ensure all legal aspects of the case were covered."

Trish March 24, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I would typically agree with you. But I have worked in a few high schools and know that kids coordinate (via texts) meetings in bathrooms, so my first instinct was that the officer was overly zealous in his effort to determine who is conducting illegal activities there. I believe it is a problem in ALL high schools.
tom March 24, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I agree with your first statement, but if his action was not authorized, he should be disciplined. We may eventually learn that one of his superiors authorized it, so at this point I think we should withold judgement.
Student March 25, 2013 at 06:24 PM
If its the officer I know inside there he's always been great and always on track with the kids. He stays up to date on who has been in trouble ad making sure they're on the right path. I went to glen burnie high school and believe he was only trying to reduce the problems in there which typically take place in the bathrooms. When I was there, they were hiding paraphernalia in the paper towel dispensers, behind the toilets or anywhere they could hide it. They would smoke cigarettes and set stuff on fire. Remind you some of us have asthma and some teenagers there are handicapped so imagine being a police officer and thinking what if the handicapped teenagers aren't capable of making it out because if there's a fire the elevators are disabled. Think people, you criticize but yet you haven't been in there lately. As a previous student I believe he was only protecting and serving a little too much but who's to say there's anything wrong with that because we all know parents do the same thing.
Kraven Moorehead March 26, 2013 at 03:50 PM
This is a perfect example of what happens when you have an overbloated police force that rely's stirctly on arrest records etc in order to get promoted. I am pretty sure that this officer was trying to gain information so that he could bust someone and thus up his record in teh department and not of perverse sexual reasons. It does show the Level that these officers will go to in order to hike up their records.
Christine March 27, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Bottom line, it was unauthorized! As in any work enviornment, one follows protocols, rules. And in this matter, one who there to "serve and protect" our children, should have handled this in a completly legal and competent manner. He would not have been penealized if he had taken the proper actions.


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