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Taylor Pyles grew up in Anne Arundel County Maryland. As a child, Taylor’s mother fell victim to several mental health issues, leading to physical abuse within the home. In the early 1980’s, Taylor was removed from this abusive environment and entered the system under Department of Social Services.
Taylor has been a member of the Annapolis since June of 2004 and is a sworn officer within the department. In March of 2010, Taylor was transferred to the Annapolis Police Department Criminal Investigations
Section. While assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section, Taylor has continued to receive formal training and conducted investigations of such crimes as Homicides, Violent Crimes, Sex Offenses, Robberies, Child Abuse, and other crimes. Taylor is specially trained in crimes against children that include homicides, child sex offenses, child abuse, neglect and other crimes. He is also specially trained as a forensic interviewer through ChildFirst and has received additional training in interviews with children who are the victims of crime.
Taylor also volunteers his time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, working as an advocate and a voice for children in foster care. A CASA works with assigned children through the court system and works to improve the child’s chances of success. Taylor joined Anne Arundel County CASA in June of 2014 and has worked with child victims of serious child abuse and neglect, working with them through the court system. Taylor works with these children until the case is closed in the court system and the children are no longer considered a Child in Need of Assistance (CINA).
Taylor is a member of the Anne Arundel County Child Fatality Review Team (CFR) under the direction of the Maryland State Child Fatality Review Team. The Child Fatality Review is a systematic, multi-agency, multi-disciplinary review of unexpected child deaths. This review process was initially established to work as a mechanism to identify fatal child abuse and neglect and has since grown into a national system to examine child fatalities within the context of prevention.
Taylor was appointed in 2017 to the Maryland Children’s Justice Act Committee. This committee is part of Maryland Governor Hogan's Office of Crime Control & Prevention. The Children’s Justice Act Committee provides guidance to improve the investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim.
Based on his professional and personal experience, Taylor founded The Blue Ribbon Project. The Blue Ribbon Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports victims of child abuse and neglect, youth in foster care, as well as adult survivors of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Project was initially founded in 2013 as a resource for adult survivors of abuse. In January of 2015, it became a 501(c)(3) and has grown from Anne Arundel County to now include eleven counties in Maryland. Taylor established multiple programs within the organization that directly serve youth in the community who are the victims of child abuse, neglect, and child sex offenses.
Taylor takes his expertise as a police detective as well as an adult survivor of child abuse and uses this experience for public speaking engagements. He teaches child abuse awareness and recognition to various professional organizations. He has trained teachers from Anne Arundel County Public Schools, students at Anne Arundel Community College, police officers from various agencies, firefighters, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Foster Parents from Anne Arundel County and surrounding counties, as well as various public and private professionals that work with children in the community. Taylor also visits public and private schools to speak to staff and students regarding safety and programs offered by The Blue Ribbon Project.