Thursday, January 8, 2015

PGPD Honors Patrol Officers of the Month

PGPD patrol officers are out in our communities day and night, committed to protecting and serving the citizens of Prince George’s County.  They do remarkable work each day, which often goes unnoticed.  We’d like to introduce you to the Patrol Officers of the Month for November.

District I Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Jason Norman

On November 8, 2014, Police Officer Jason Norman conducted a traffic stop in the area of Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road.  A passenger jumped out of the car and began to run away. Officer Norman saw that the suspect threw a gun to the ground. Police Officer Norman quickly chased and caught the suspect. He also recovered the gun which was loaded. Also, on another traffic stop in the 1500 block of University Boulevard, Police Officer Norman detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car. A search revealed a marijuana pipe, suspected cocaine and a sawed off shotgun. The driver and passenger were arrested.

District II Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Christopher Smith

On November 1, 2014, Police Officer Christopher Smith was on patrol in the area of Lanham Severn Road and 94th Avenue. Police Officer Smith spotted a pickup truck which matched the description of a wanted vehicle. Police Officer Smith tried to conduct a traffic stop on the truck which took an unusually long time to stop. Officer Smith called for backup. After safely approaching the truck, Police Officer Smith smelled suspected marijuana coming from the truck. The officer also saw a passenger making furtive movements while reaching under the passenger seat. A search of the truck revealed a loaded handgun and marijuana. The driver and passenger were arrested.

District III Police Officers of the Month
Police Officer First Class Shea Jefferson

Police Officer John Jacobs

On November 24, 2014, while on patrol in the area of Marlboro Pike and Southern Avenue, Police Officers First Class Shea Jefferson and John Jacobs observed a dark-colored car which was stolen from the District. The car was linked to two armed robberies in our county and one in a neighboring jurisdiction. The officers tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The authorized pursuit continued until the fleeing car hit a fence. Five suspects bailed out of the car. The patrol officers quickly caught two of the suspects. A perimeter was established and Air 1, our aviation unit, responded to assist with the search. Perimeter officers arrested a third suspect nearby and recovered a gun. Air 1 located a fourth suspect hiding under a car and directed ground officers to that location where they were able to make an arrest.

District IV Police Officers of the Month
Police Officer Dale Sollars

Police Officer Christopher Malinowski

On November 23, 2014, Officers Sollars and Malinowski were called to a local business in Oxon Hill to investigate a report of suspicious people on the property. Once the arrived, they began checking the business and saw two men matching the descriptions of the people who prompted the initial call to police. While trying to talk to one of the suspects, he began to run away but was quickly caught. During a pat down, a handgun was recovered.

That gun had recently been stolen form a home in Capitol Heights. The second suspect was caught a short time later. The investigation revealed the suspects had just robbed two customers. The suspects were both arrested. In addition to the gun, they also had illegal drugs.

District V Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Kyle Negrin

On October 30, 2014, Officer Kyle Negrin was called to the 13000 block of Tower Road in Brandywine for a report of an occupied and suspicious car parked in the street. Once on scene, Officer Negrin noticed the car had a shattered driver’s window. Officer Negrin then noticed a man was asleep inside the car. While talking to the man, Officer Negrin noticed the driver became visibly nervous. While checking into the wanted status of the man, Officer Negrin saw the man making several furtive movements inside the car. For the officer’s safety, the man was removed from the car. A search of the car revealed a loaded handgun on the floorboard. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered the suspect had several prior arrests for armed robbery, armed carjacking and assault. He was taken into custody.

District VI Officers of the Month
Corporal Edward Miles

Police Officer Stephen Hull

On November 28, 2014, Corporal Miles and Officer Stephen Hull were called to East Maple Avenue in Beltsville for the report of a man with a gun. When they arrived, they spoke with the victim who said as she was trying to leave a tow lot with her car, another car blocked her. The victim and suspect got into an argument. The suspect pulled a gun from his waistband. The victim was able to walk away unharmed. When Corporal Miles and Officer Hull arrived, they found the suspect sitting in his car on the lot. The officers ordered the man out of the car. A loaded gun was found in the trunk. The suspect was arrested.

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