Thursday, September 26, 2013

PGPD Signs Up for Unique Partnership with UMD

The Prince George’s County Police Department is now working with the University of Maryland’s top-ranked Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in a new and unique collaboration. 

Under a recently signed memorandum of understanding, the PGPD will welcome UMD students to study the department’s policies and practices.  This partnership reinforces Police Chief Mark Magaw’s commitment to transparency and constitutional and ethical policing.   

PGPD Inspector General Carlos Acosta believes this partnership is a win-win. "It’s important to step away from yourself and get opinions on how you are doing.  The University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is full of intelligent, thoughtful academics who are seriously studying what police agencies do," said Inspector General Acosta.

“We are very excited for this next step in working with Prince George's County.  It makes sense for us to assist a Department that is transforming itself not only because we work and live in the community but because it gives our students the opportunity to learn how to work with a large and progressive agency to implement the latest research findings,” said UMD Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Professor Charles Wellford.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

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