Capt. Douglas Irwin has assumed command of the Wilkens Precinct, taking over from long-serving Capt. John Spiroff, who was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division.
Irwin is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department. He joined the department in 1992 after graduating from Catonsville Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1988 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland College Park in 1990.
As he was promoted through the ranks, Irwin was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, the Community Drug and Violence Interdiction Team, the Criminal Intelligence Unit, the 911 Center, and the Patrol Division. He has been a firearms instructor since 1996 and was also a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team for 11 years.
In December of 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Prior to assuming command of Precinct 1/Wilkens, he served as the commander of the Internal Affairs Division for ten months.
Irwin enjoys running and swimming. He often participates in races that benefit charity organizations. He serves as the torch bearer for the Baltimore County Police Department Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. For the past 3 years, he has been the team captain in a 195-mile relay race with other department members to benefit a non-profit group helping the homeless population.
Irwin currently resides in Carroll County with his wife and two teenage children, as well as the family pets: a dog, two cats, two rabbits, and two goats.