Thursday, April 29, 2010

National Police Week 2010 Events-Prince George's County Police

Law Enforcement and communities across the United States will come together for National Police Week, which will run from May 9-May 15, 2009, to remember all law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Below is a list of upcoming events:

May 4, 2009 (Tuesday)

16th Annual Blue Mass
12:10 PM
Saint Patrick Catholic Church
10th and G Streets, NW

May 5, 2009 (Wednesday)

Command Officers Association Candlelight Memorial Service
7:00 PM
County Council Hearing Room
County Administrative Building
14731 Oden Bowie Road
Contact: Robin Williams, 301-772-4667

May 7, 2009 (Friday)

Fallen Heroes Day Memorial Service for Maryland Public Safety
1:00 PM
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum
200 E. Padonia Road
Timonium, MD

May 9, 2009 (Sunday)

15th Annual Law Ride
Line up begins at 9:00 AM in Lot 8 of R.F.K. Stadium in Washington, DC.
The procession will leave RFK promptly at 11:00 AM and ride to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located on the 400 Block of E Street, NW

May 10, 2009 (Monday)

31st  Annual DC Area Memorial Service
11 AM
Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Auxiliary
Metropolitan Police Department Memorial Fountain
300 Indiana Avenue, NW

May 12, 2009 (Wednesday)

Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony
2:00 PM
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 block E St., NW

May 13, 2009 (Thursday)

FOP 89 Memorial Service
Breakfast: 8:30 AM
Memorial Service: 10:00 AM
2905 Old Largo Road

Blessing of the Badge Service
3rd Annual Interdenominational Christian Service
10:15 AM
National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Contact: Sergeant Greg Boyle,

22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil
8:00 PM
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 Block of E Street, NW

May 14, 2009 (Friday)

11th  Annual National Police Week Challenge 50-Kilometer Relay Race
8:00 AM
U.S. Secret Service Employee Recreation Association
Secret Service Training Center in Laurel, MD

8th Annual Steve Young Honor Guard Competition
8:30 AM
Fraternal Order of Police Grand Lodge
Meet at John Marshall Park, Pennsylvania Avenue/4th St, NW

National Police Survivors’ Conference
9:00 AM
Concerns of Police Survivors
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center (Registration is Mandatory)

Shomrim Society Kaddish Service
10:00 AM
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 Block of E St, NW
Contact: Major Jay Gruber,

15th Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service
6:00 PM
National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies, Inc.
Assemble at 4:30 PM at New Jersey Avenue & F Street, NW. Step-off promptly at 6:00 PM. March will proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Contact: Mike Roe:

17th Annual TOP COPS Awards Ceremony
7:00 PM
National Association of Police Organizations
Warner Theatre (tickets required)
513 Thirteenth Street, NW

May 15, 2009 (Saturday)

29th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day Service
12:00 PM
Grand Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police
West Front of the United States Capitol, Washington, DC

FOP/FOPA Wreath Laying Ceremony
3:30 PM
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 Block of E Street, NW

May 16, 2009 (Sunday)

National Police Survivors’ Conference
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Concerns of Police Survivors
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center (Registration is Mandatory)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thirty-Eight (38) New Officers Added to the Prince George’s County Police Department

 Prince George’s County, Maryland…Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson and Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton, joined other County public safety officials last night to host the graduation of forty-five (45) graduates from Police Academy Session #116.  The ceremony was held at Charles Herbert Flowers High School.  The graduating class included thirty-eight (38) new County Police officers, one (1) will join the fire department as a fire investigator, four (4) Maryland – National Capital Park Police - Prince George’s County Division, and two (2) will join the Laurel City Police Department.

Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton told recruits, “A career in law enforcement is never to be entered into lightly.  It takes a great deal of forethought and courage to choose a career field that often requires you to run towards trouble instead of away from it; to place yourself in harm’s way in order to protect the lives of others.  Police officers are truly a special breed.”

Chief Hylton continued by urging the graduates to perform their duties with professionalism, compassion, respect and dignity.  He said, “Our department operates from a community-based perspective, and it is essential to those we serve that we truly listen to and actively participate in the community.  We police from the mind and from the heart.”

Awards to Session #116 graduates for outstanding achievement and performance were made to the following graduates:

Chief’s Leadership Award 
Officer Tara Mattingly – Prince George’s County Police Department

Sergeant Joseph K. Brown Award for the Top Scholastic Achiever
Officer Peter Johnson - Prince George’s County Police Department 
Rodney G. Chaney Award for Outstanding Student Officer
Officer Darryl Jones, Jr. - Prince George’s County Police Department

Steven F. Gaughan Memorial Award for Achievement in Criminal Law Award
Officer Jumeye Akinwole - Prince George’s County Police Department

Sergeant Robert J. Talbert Memorial Award for Physical Fitness (Male/Female)
Female– Officer Melissa Line - Prince George’s County Police Department
Male-Officer Terrence Garrett - Prince George’s County Police Department

For further information, contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Press Information Office at 301-772-4710.
Photos courtesy of the Prince George's County Police Department

Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center Annual Ceremony of Remembrance

 The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center Annual Ceremony of Remembrance was held on April 24, 2010, at the Prince George's County Courthouse.  Commanders from the Prince George's County Police Department as well as members of the Community Services Division (CSD) and the Special Operations Division (SOD)also participated in the event.

 As part of the ceremony, officers hung hearts with the name of officers feloniously killed in the line of duty on the tree of remembrance.

This ceremony was part of the  National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Photos courtesy of Mr. Oliver Smith & Ms. Gale Seaton

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Prince George’s County Police Officers Honored During 33rd Annual Valor Awards Luncheon

Prince George’s County, Maryland…Eleven Prince George’s County Police Officers were honored yesterday at the 33rd Annual Public Safety Valor Awards Luncheon held at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt.
 “The Valor Awards are an important recognition of the hard work, dedication and exemplary bravery displayed by all of the county’s Public Safety Agencies,” said Chief Roberto Hylton. “Each and every day these men and women give their utmost to provide excellent service for the citizens of Prince George’s County and today, we honor them.”

Police Officer of the Year and the Silver Medal of Valor were awarded to Lieutenant David S. Lloyd, Police Officer First Class George A. Merkel, Jr., Police Officer First Class Paul M. Mazzei, Jr., and a Bronze Medal of Valor was awarded to Corporal Eric Southan after they risked their lives to save a man from a burning vehicle.

A Silver Medal of Valor was awarded to Sergeant Kenneth M. Fox and Corporal Michael R. Soden after they were able to apprehend the armed assailant who tried to rob an armored truck driver with an assault rifle.

A Bronze Medal of Valor was awarded to Corporal James J. Flynn, II, after he rescued a man attempting to jump from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and to Police Officer Jeffrey S. Benson after he apprehended an armed man who robbed a grocery store.

 Bronze Medals of Valor were awarded to Sergeant Timothy E. Cordero, and Police Officers Edward K. Martin, Jr. and Stephen K. Johnson, after they were able to apprehend a suspect who violently resisted arrest and attempted to evade capture by trying to jump into the Anacostia River.

For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Press Information Office at (301) 772-4710.

All photos courtesy of the Prince George's County Police Department

Friday, April 23, 2010

Prince George’s County Police Sponsors Homes for “Christmas in April”

Prince George’s County, Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department is sponsoring the 22nd Annual “Christmas in April” program, part of a nonprofit organization that repairs homes for low-income and disabled homeowners at no cost to them.  Since 1989, members of the PGPD have volunteered their time to help rebuild and repair homes in communities in Prince George’s County.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, starting at 8:00 a.m.
Police officers will be working at the following houses:

10400 Falling Leaf Court    1102 Elkhart Street
Springdale, MD 20774    Oxon Hill, MD 20745

6902 Fulford Street        11708 Ellington Drive
Clinton, MD  20735        Beltsville, MD 20705

3302 Mayo Place
Bowie, MD 20715

For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Press Information Office at 301-772-4710.       

8th Annual Benefit Hockey Game

On April 24, 2010, Howard County Fire and Rescue will play the Howard County Police Department in their 8th Annual benefit hockey game.  This year the game will be played in the memory of our Fallen Hero, Tommy Jensen.  The proceeds of the event will be donated to the Maryland Chapter of COPS.  The doors open at 5pm and the puck drops at 6pm.

This game will not only have special meaning to our membership.  Two of the players in the game grew up playing hockey with Tommy in Bowie and DeMatha.  Two additional players for the Howard County Police Team will be Prince George's County Police officers representing Tommy.  For tickets, contact Brother Paul Mazzei at, or here at the lodge.

 Kerry R. Watson, Jr.
2nd Vice President
FOP Lodge 89

Corporal Mark Gamble # 1946 Remembered

It is with great sorrow that I must inform you of the death of Brother Mark Gamble.  Despite recent promising signs that he would recover, in the early morning hours of Friday, April 23, 2010, Mark succumbed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision on Sunday, April 18, 2010.

Mark had a great impact on the lives of many of us during his nearly 17 year career on the Prince George's County Police Department.  He was a dedicated leader to his squad, a willing servant to the citizens of Prince George's County, and a eager participant in charitable endeavors like the Police Unity Tour.  However, most importantly, Mark was husband, a father of three and friend to many.

We will advise all on arrangements once they become available.  For now, we ask that you keep Mark's family, friends and each other in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Vince Canales
Fratneral Order of Police Lodge 89

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Md. police chief reaches out to community for support

Why do so many Prince George's residents continue to support the county police -- despite ongoing controversies over shootings, false arrests and beatings, such as the one involving a University of Maryland student that was caught on cellphone video?
A clue can be found in how Police Chief Roberto Hylton handled the most recent controversy. Within days of the video becoming public, he summoned to his headquarters in Landover community leaders representing tens of thousands of residents spread over 500 square miles. Just two years on the job, and he had pulled off a feat that few, if any, county officials could match.

He showed the video at the meeting and then, to give the audience a better idea of what his officers are up against, showed videos taken by police of Maryland students on a rampage in College Park after basketball games in 2002 and 2005.
According to participants that I interviewed, Hylton then opened the floor to questions and comments. By the time the meeting ended three hours later, the chief had received far more compliments than criticism.

"We felt good that he called us in," said Pat O'Neal, president of both the Windbrook Area Citizens Association in Clinton and the Police District 4 Citizens Advisory Council. "The police seem to be doing more listening."
No one excused the police behavior. Based on the video, most participants concluded that the student did nothing to provoke the attack -- although one of them wondered why, of all the people on the scene, the cellphone video just happened to be following this particular student as he skipped his way to the confrontation with police.

The county police internal affairs department, the states attorney's office and the FBI are investigating the matter.
Last year, the Justice Department ended nearly a decade of monitoring the county police for use of excessive force after concluding that the county had "developed a system of accountability" and had demonstrated a "commitment to constitutional policing and fairness." Such claims now appear premature at best.

And yet, Hylton was cheered when he made a boiler-plate declaration used by so many chiefs before him: that police brutality would not be tolerated. So why give him the benefit of the doubt?
"The incident involving the student at Maryland was appalling to most of us, but we will not blame the whole department for the bad judgments of a few," said LaVerne Williams, president of the Lewisdale Citizens Association near Hyattsville.

The beating did not generate the same level of outrage in Prince George's as it did in other places, in part because so many residents are sick of Maryland students and their postgame antics. There also was no racial component that could have inflamed the situation, because the student was white and the skin color of the officers was blocked by riot gear.
"I don't condone the actions of the officers we saw on the videotape, but I have seen those students riot, and it's frightening," said Morgan Gale, a restaurant owner and president of the Calvert Hills Citizens Association in College Park. "They're already primed from partying after a game, then they go to bars, and that's when anything can happen."

"When I saw the video of the police beating the student, I said, 'Oh, my God, this is horrible,'" O'Neal said. "At the same time, I'm thinking: I attended Howard University, and if we had congregated in the middle of the street and blocked traffic after a game, police would have arrested everybody, and we would have been expelled from school."
According to those who know him, Hylton understands that when residents get to know police officers on a first-name basis, they are less inclined to criticize an entire department for the misbehavior of individuals. Still, residents are exasperated with having to pay millions and millions of dollars to compensate victims of police brutality. And stopping the pattern of misconduct will require systemic changes in the department.

The message to Hylton from civic leaders: Be proactive. Don't just promise to punish abusive cops, but nip the problems in the bud.
Hylton had first brought the civic leaders together last year to announce that police and community cooperation had contributed to a steep drop in crime. The strategy appears to be paying political dividends as well.

By Courtland Milloy-Washington Post

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Heather Soellner of 98.3 Star FM comments on Ride-A-Long with PGPD

Police Chief Hylton,

Sir, I had the opportunity to ride along with Squad 47 in District II on Friday night. Many people
warned me when I went on the ride along that is was maybe something I should reconsider, maybe
take a ride-along in another county like St. Mary's or Calvert. I have to be honest, I was intimidated.

We (my ride along officer and myself) punched in before 3:30 on Friday afternoon and I have to be truthful, I had
some preconceived ideas about the Prince George's County Police Force. I'm too embarrassed to tell you
what they were...but I'm sure you have heard them all before from citizens in Prince George's County.
All of those ideas changed at about 4Pm Friday outside of Largo High School. When Officer Colandrea and
myself got on was truly a 'Scene'. 150 to 200 angry, disobedient teenagers watching a fight in the
street. One officer, Officer Wiggins, had one student detained while he was surrounded by these teenagers.

Being a civilian, I was a little nervous, then I just got angry. I wanted to yell and scream at these kids video
taping with their cellphones to 'Get to where they needed to be!.' Officer Wiggins and Officer Colandrea were
unbelievably professional. I wish I could find a better phrase to emphasize how tactful they were while
be surrounded by an unruly nasty mob. Seriously, that's what these kids were. I believe Officer Jordan showed
up and with the tact of true professional officers they dispersed the kids and made a horrible situation
just a blip on the radar...That was the first call....there were others that night as well.

To make a very long story short. I walked away with amazing sense of the disrespect that citizens of Prince
George's County have for their local police department. I heard foul language being spewed at Officers who
were called to the scene for help by the same person who made the call for help. I saw your officers play social worker,
psychiatrist, referee and more, all with a sense of understanding and keeping their frustration in check.

I could never show the restraint for some of these citizens that your officers showed on Feb. 26th. I loved how
many many of these citizens complained their constitutional rights were being violated,
then none of them were able to describe what right or what amendment was being violated.

I know the press is rarely a friend to some in law enforcement. But you now have one. I can't express how much
I appreciate what the officers did that night and how much I could never do what you and your force does every
day. I don't have the patience or the ability not to lash out at the disrespect. Your officers (the ones I encountered)
have all of these abilities and more. I guess that old cliche is true, 'walk a mile in my shoes.' To be honest
I don't want to walk in yours. You and your officers walk much better in them than I ever could.

Just as a casual observer: People with home security alarms need to pay the Police force for calls that turn up nothing.
People whose homes are broken into need to realize that the Police can't sit in their driveway 24 hours a day waiting
for teens to break in. New radios are needed and bigger print on the computer screens in the officers vehicle. Just a
thought. Maybe if you every get a little extra spending money. You could get it if you charge the home security folks.

Thank you Chief Hylton. The crew I was with on Friday changed my misconceived notions of officers in PG County. Except
for the Sergent on duty that night, Mike. He said he doesn't ever listen to our show...I was shocked and dismayed...
If you every need a friend in radio, do not hesitate to call.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Md. department's Haitian Relief Unit: 'Policing from the heart'

 Seven officers with the Prince George's County (Md.) Police Department are taking 'community policing' to the next level

When Prince George’s County Maryland Police Chief Roberto Hylton learned of the earthquake in Haiti, the first thing he did was to reach out to the seven police officers of Haitian descent who work in his department. He personally called each officer and expressed his condolences and concern. He made them aware that he was available to help, asked them what they needed, and informed them that his door was open for them. He also afforded them the opportunity to take time off they felt they needed, though none accepted that offer.

Chief Hylton subsequently met with them collectively in his office and pulled them off their regular assignments. He allowed them to work as a team within the police department to render aid to Haiti, and the Haitian Relief Unit was created. It is located within the Community Services Division of the department under the command of Major Rex Barrett. Corporal Conrad D. D’Haiti is in charge of the unit. The seven officers who comprise the unit are Corporal Moise Apollon, Corporal Natalie Proctor, PFC Joel Benjamin, PFC Dato Dacilien, PFC Wantalex Tilus, Officer Diderot Alerte, and the aforementioned Corporal D’Haiti.

As a unit, the Haitian officers represent the department and are present in the community to put a face on the tragedy and the relief effort that has affected their country and their own families. Their goal is to raise money for Haiti and to ensure that 100 percent of the money goes to the people of Haiti.

“What they are doing is outstanding in that they will have a significant impact on the citizens of Haiti and Prince George’s County,” said Major Rex Barrett, the commander in charge of their unit.

Each officer within the unit was deeply impacted by the events that transpired in Haiti. For Corporal Apollon Moise, who has family and friends in Haiti, he learned that some close friends of his family had died and people he had grown up with had perished in the earthquake. An aunt whom he had just visited in August died. “It shook me up,” he said. He explained he has experienced a migraine since he received news of the earthquake. “I can’t eat. I can’t really sleep. CNN is the only lifeline. My heart belongs there. Technically, I feel I should be there. My heart goes out to my chief. For him to extend his hand to our Haitian officers, he’s a special person, and I thank God for him. Words alone cannot express the gratitude for what he is doing for us,” Corporal Moise said.

“It was a shock. It didn’t really hit me until the next day,” said Officer Diderot Alert after learning of the news. Also touched by Chief Hylton’s actions was Corporal Conrad D’Haiti. “It was impressive,” he said. “We are the face of the department to support Haiti. We get out and represent the department and ourselves to put a face to the relief effort and the tragedy in dealing with our own families and country,” he said.

“I have never experienced a chief with such a heart as Chief Hylton. He is truly a man who shows leadership by example. He is a visionary,” said Corporal Natalie Proctor. She also had the opportunity to meet with Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph at the Haitian Embassy. “It was an informational session. We got a chance to know each other. The Chief and Ambassador share humility,” Corporal Proctor said.

“My whole goal is to fulfill the vision of Chief Hilton on how he would like us to handle this catastrophe. The ramifications of the earthquake hit this country,” said Corporal Proctor. “What can we do to help? How can we provide the most effective assistance to Haiti?” asked Corporal

They began the process of by getting the word out about the officers of Haitian descent so that members of the community would know they exist within the police department. Officers within the unit are gaining the trust of the community and are also available to help if there are Haitian victims of crime in the community. Members of the unit split assignments to avoid burnout by any one individual.

During their first week in existence, they conducted three radio interviews. Members of the unit spoke to church congregations in the community. “It was kind of a whirlwind for the first week with all the different things we were doing,” said PFC Joel Benjamin. Following the radio shows, there was an apparent increase in the number of people visiting the police department to provide donations.

Donations can be brought to the police department between the hours of 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. where a table is staffed with personnel. Substantial support has been provided by other county employees. One Friday alone, donations netted $1,900.00. A significant amount of support has also been offered by fellow officers once they learned of the Haitian Relief Unit. Several donated $500.00 out of their individual pockets. “Even if it is just one person who gives us a dollar, it’s a dollar we didn’t have,” PFC Dato Dacilien said.

The unit is engaging in outreach efforts with Haitian churches. They are also visiting schools and businesses wherein they are explaining their task in helping Haiti and are asking for support from these entities. “We’re meeting people, talking, speaking with people that have any affiliation to Haiti for us to determine the best avenues to assist that country,” Corporal Proctor said. A number of calls have been received from Haitian people indicating they are appreciative for what the police are doing.

“I told my mother about this. She’s ecstatic. I feel wonderful,” said PFC Joel Benjamin. “Before the unit, I felt helpless. When I found out about the unit, I was speechless. For the chief of this department to extend this type of effort, it was something big to me and the people in Haiti will be happy about it. I feel like I can do something for country,” said PFC Dacilien.

In addition to raising money to provide assistance to the people of Haiti, the Haitian Relief Unit has one additional goal — the members are planning to travel to Haiti to deliver the donations once they are all collected. “I can’t wait for us to be in that plane. I’ve got to be there. I will feel relieved by experiencing it myself instead of just seeing it on TV,” Corporal Apollon said.

“What Chief Hylton has done for these officers, the Haitian community, and the citizens of Prince George’s County Maryland is truly amazing. He often talks about policing from the heart, and he definitely practices what he preaches,” Major Reed said.

“As peace keepers, as law enforcement officers in 2010, our ultimate goal is to live in a peaceful world. We must help them to help ourselves,” Corporal Proctor said. And that challenge is being undertaken wholeheartedly by the Haitian Relief Unit ...a group working toward making a genuine difference in Haiti.

Donations can be made as follows: Checks can be made out to: FOP Lodge #89
In the memo section of the check, it is vital to write: “Haitian Relief Fund.”

Checks can be mailed to:
Prince George’s County Maryland Police Department
Community Services Division
Attn: Haitian Relief Fund
Palmer Park, Maryland 20785

Article by Karen L. Bune

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fallen Prince George's Officer to be Honored

Prince George's County Cpl. Thomas P. Jensen, who died last month from injuries sustained in a car crash, will be one of two Maryland public safety service members honored on the upcoming 25th annual Fallen Heroes Day.

Jensen was responding to call on Feb. 27 when his cruiser struck black ice near the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Greenbelt Road in College Park. He was responding to a call from the fire department, which needed help with a disorderly person who was believed to be on PCP. Jensen, 27, left behind his wife of five months.

Now, he will be honored on Fallen Heroes Day during a ceremony May 7. Fallen Heroes Day salutes police, corrections officers, firefighters, emergency medical and rescue personnel who risk their lives to protect Maryland residents.

Fire Chief Charles "Buck" Clough Jr., of the Sudersville Volunteer Fire Company in Queen Anne's County, will also be recognized. The 41-year-old was killed when he swerved his pickup truck to avoid another car and struck a tree.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered flags flown at half-staff at the State House and has declared May 7 Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland.
"It is an opportunity for the community to show its appreciation and respect for these dedicated public servants who risk their lives each day when they report to work," said John O. Mitchell III, chairman of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, which is hosting the ceremony.

Fewer public safety service members have died in the past year than in any of the past 25 years, a spokeswoman for Fallen Heroes said. The family of Hector Ayala, a Montgomery County police officer killed when his cruiser crashed on his way to a call in Wheaton earlier this month, has requested he be honored next year.

By Freeman Klopott-Washington Examiner

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fallen Officer Thomas Jensen Name Engraved at FOP 89 Heroes Memorial

On April 6, 2010, Corporal Thomas P. Jensen name was officially added to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 Fallen Heroes Memorial. The Prince George's County Police Department would like to thank everyone who attended the ceremony.


Photos courtesy of the Prince George's County Police Department                                             

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

District II Cops Hosts"Kids Empowerment Camp"

  From March 30 to April 2, 2010, District II COPS hosted the Spring Break Edition of the "Kids Empowerment Camp."  The four day camp for teens 13-18 was a unique way for teens  to have positive interactions with law enforcement.

On hand were representatives from Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the States Attorney's Teenage Victim Advocate Office and a gang awareness speaker.

After completing a community service project  the teens enjoyed bowling, skating and a trip to an indoor amusement park.  The camp was staffed completely by Prince George's County Police Officers.

Photos courtesy of the Prince George's County Police Department

Prince George's County Officers Attend WMD Training in Alabama

During the week of March 22-26, Corporals Jonathan Foote and David Newman attended the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Law Enforcement Protective Measures Train & Response Actions & Hands on Training" held at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.

Students of the course entered "Hot Zones" at the training site and worked with chemicals, biological and radioactive agents as part of the training.  The five day course was sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Photos Courtesy of the Prince George's County Police Department

Monday, April 5, 2010

FOP 89 Lodge to Honor Cpl. Thomas Jensen

 FOP Lodge 89 will hold a ceremony to honor our  fallen brother Cpl. Thomas P. Jensen.  This event will  be held at FOP Lodge 89 on April 6, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.  At that time, Brother "Tommy" Jensen's name shall be officially be added to the FOP Lodge 89 Fallen Heroes Memorial.  This will be a very informal casual event.  Light refreshments will be provided immediately following the ceremony.  All are welcome to attend.

Who: FOP Lodge 89

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Where: FOP Lodge 89
             2905 Old Largo Road
                                                               Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Community Services Division Deliver Easter Baskets At Second Genesis

On Thursday, April 1, 2010, Community Services Division had the privilege to present easter baskets to the children of recovering addicts receiving treatment at the Second Genesis Residential Treatment Facility in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Easter baskets were given to 16 children aged infant to 10 years old. While the children were pretty excited that police officers had come to visit them, they were more excited to get the goodies in the baskets! Smiles were on every face as each child grabbed a basket and chirped "thank you" rummaging through the baskets.
Second Genesis was adopted by the District II COPS-D squad in the fall of 2009.  It was the goal of COPS to not just show up for holidays and picture-worthy events, but to show up just because. In the five months that the COPS-D squad has been working with the facility, they have seen children and their mothers come and go, but the one thing that  has remained consistent is the appreciation that they have when the officers come to the facility just to spend time with them.  In December, COPS-D was able to collect 650+ toys through its Operation Pillowcase program and we were able to give Christmas to 26 children who would otherwise, received nothing. Since then, the officers of COPS-D have made visits to spend time with the women and children, donated books, toys, infant and toddler clothes. There is a need not only for the physical, material items...but there is also a need for these women and children to know that someone truly does care about them. 

Pictures courtesy of the Prince George's County Police

Police Officer Struck By Tow Truck

A Prince George's County Police Officer has been struck by a truck in Hyattsville. It happened shortly before 9 p.m. Friday at Lawrence Place and 52nd Ave.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. - A Prince George's County Police Officer has been struck by a truck in Hyattsville. It happened shortly before 9 p.m. Friday at Lawrence Place and 52nd Ave.
Police say the officer was investigating a suspicious occupied car and attempted to remove the driver. The man refused to get out and began to fight with the officer when a passing tow truck hit the officer.

Police say the tow truck stayed on scene.

The officer was conscious and experiencing leg and back pain when he was taken to hospital. He has non life threatening injuries.

The driver of the car was arrested by responding police. Police say they found drugs in his car.

Police say the tow truck driver will not be charged.

Story from ABC 7 NEWS

PGPD Explorer's Host Car Wash Fundraiser

The Prince George's County Police Explorers held a car wash fundraiser at the District II, III, V, and VI Stations on April 2, 2010.  The proceeds from this event will be used  to support the Explorers as they prepare to attend the Law Enforcement Explorers Conference in Atlanta Georgia.

Pictures from the Explorer's Car wash fundraiser held at the Kentland Fire Station.

All pictures courtesy of the Prince George's County Police Department

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Explorers Car Wash

The Prince George’s County Police Explorers are hosting a car wash!  The proceeds from this car wash will be used to support the Explorers as they prepare to attend the Law Enforcement Explorers Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

When: April 2, 2010

Where: At the following locations:
District II Station (rear)
District III (Engine Company 33)
District V Station (rear)
District VI (13310 Laurel Bowie Road)

Time: 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Cost: Donations appreciated

County vehicles only!

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