Every day, Prince George’s County Police patrol officers suit up and serve the citizens of our county. Their good works too often go without recognition. Here are our patrol officers of the month for May.
District I Police Officer of the Month
Corporal David Cheatham
On May 3, 2013, Corporal David Cheatham was on patrol when he noticed a man loitering in the 7900 block of Riggs Road. As Corporal Cheatham approached, the man began to act in a nervous manner and began walking away. Corporal Cheatham conducted a field stop during which he patted down the man. The patrol officer found a crack pipe and a GPS unit. The corporal arrested the man on a drug related charge. During an interview, the suspect admitted to several thefts from autos in the area.
District II Police Officers of the Month
Corporal Bertram Smith
Police Officer Timothy Smith
On May 22, 2013, Corporal Bertram Smith and Police Officer Timothy Smith responded to the 6500 block of Princess Garden Parkway for the report of a breaking and entering in progress. When the patrol officers arrived, they found signs of forced entry to the rear of the home. Corporal Smith and PO Smith quickly set up a perimeter. They caught and arrested the two suspects as they tried to run out of the front door.
District III Police Officers of the Month
Police Officer First Class Bruce Brown
Police Officer James Robison
On May 23, 2013, Police Officer First Class Bruce Brown and Police Officer James Robison were dispatched to the 2200 block of Seton Way for a carjacking. The patrol officers spotted a car on Southern Avenue matching the description of the broadcast lookout. POFC Brown and PO Robison attempted a traffic stop but the car sped away and crossed into the District of Columbia. Due to traffic conditions, POFC Brown and PO Robison lost sight of the carjacked vehicle, but continued to canvass the area. A short time later, the patrol officers found the carjacked car which had been involved in a crash. Several citizens alerted the patrol officers that the suspects had tossed a handgun into the woods and then ran away. POFC Brown and PO Robison spotted one of the suspects and arrested him after a short chase. With the assistance of MPDC officers and their K-9 unit, the second suspect was also located as well as a loaded handgun.
District IV Police Officer of the Month
Corporal Brian Johnson
On May 4, 2013, Corporal Brian Johnson was dispatched to investigate an assault at a convenience store in the 3300 block of Branch Avenue in Temple Hills. Corporal Johnson saw a car in the parking lot with four passengers inside. When the passengers spotted Corporal Johnson, the driver moved the car to an adjacent parking lot. Corporal Johnson initiated an investigative stop. He saw drug paraphernalia in plain view and observed the front seat passenger reach under his seat. At that point, Corporal Johnson spotted a silver semi-automatic handgun protruding from underneath the seat. All four suspects were arrested without incident.
District V Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer First Class Michael Waters
On May 5, 2013, Police Officer First Class Michael Waters responded to the 12400 block of Sturdee Drive in Upper Marlboro for the report of a drowning in a pool. When POFC Waters arrived, he immediately took over performing CPR on an unconscious child. POFC Waters continued the CPR until paramedics arrived. Despite being in critical condition, the child has recovered and is now doing well.
District VI Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Steven Hang
On May 13, 2013, responded to a home in the 11900 block of Beltsville Drive for a domestic assault call. Upon arrival, the female victim told PO Hang that she had been physically assaulted by her boyfriend during an argument. The female had several injuries to her face. PO Hang was alerted that the suspect kept a loaded handgun in his nightstand. PO Hang took the suspect into custody on a domestic assault charge. A loaded handgun was also recovered from the apartment.