Whether the sun is shining or we’re bracing for days of heavy rain, PGPD patrol officers are suited up and serving and protecting the residents of Prince George’s County. Too often, their good work goes unnoticed. Here are the Patrol Officers of the Month for August.
District I Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer First Class Garrett Morris
On August 6th while on patrol, Police Officer First Class Garrett Morris saw a speeding car run a red light on Annapolis Road at the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The patrol officer conducted a traffic stop and noticed the driver was unusually nervous. The driver wasn’t able to produce a valid license and a check revealed his privilege to drive had been suspended six times.
A warrant check also revealed he had an extensive criminal record to include numerous arrests for felony drug distribution, assault, resisting arrest and carrying a pistol without a license. The driver told POFC Morris that he had no drugs or weapons and gave permission for the officer to check the car. When backup arrived, POFC Morris searched the car and found a gun in the glove box and ammunition in the center console. The driver was arrested.
District II Patrol Officers of the Month
Police Officer Matthew Lee
Police Officer Cory Mayo
On August 12th, Police Officers Matthew Lee and Cory Mayo responded to Margie Court in Lanham for the report of a suspicious car parked on the street. When the patrol officers arrived, they located the car with four occupants inside. As the officers approached, they detected a strong odor of burning marijuana coming from the car. A search of the car revealed illegal drugs and a loaded handgun under the passenger seat with an obliterated serial number. The four occupants were arrested.
District III Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer First Class Garrett Askew
On August 31st, Police Officer First Class Garrett Askew conducted a traffic stop in the 7100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. During the traffic stop, the patrol officer was able to obtain probable cause to search the car. That search revealed a loaded gun and cash. The driver was arrested.
District IV Patrol Officer of the Month
Corporal Garvell Booker
On August 19th, Corporal Garvell Booker was dispatched to a residential burglary in progress. The victim had reported a man was trying to break into her home through a side window. As the first officer on the scene, Corporal Booker spotted a man who matched the suspect’s description walking away from the home. An investigation revealed the man was the burglary suspect. A bag found underneath the window had a gun inside. Items taken from another breaking and entering in the area were also recovered. The suspect was arrested.
District V Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer Brendan Hughes
On August 7th, patrol officers were dispatched to Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro for an armed bank robbery. A description of the suspect was broadcast. As the first officer to arrive in the area, Police Officer Brendan Hughes quickly began to canvass a nearby parking lot. He spotted a man matching the suspect’s description walk out of a store and get into a car. Officer Hughes stopped the car. Once backup officers arrived, the suspect was taken into custody.
District VI Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer First Class Matthew Hansen
On August 15th, Police Officer First Class Matthew Hansen conducted a traffic stop in Calverton. When he approached, he detected a strong smell of burning marijuana coming from the car. During a search, POFC Hansen recovered a loaded gun under the dashboard. Illegal drugs were also found in the car. The driver was arrested.