On Tuesday, May 8th, the Prince George’s County Police Department lost 44 year old Corporal Kevin Brooks to an apparent medical emergency while he was off-duty. Brooks was a 12 year veteran of District IV who touched many lives and helped guide many careers at PGPD. He was a beloved husband and father. His PGPD brothers and sisters are heartbroken and are asking the community to please keep Corporal Brooks’ family in their thoughts and prayers.
Meantime, we are sharing the following letter from our Chief with the community and fellow law enforcement in Northern Virginia:
An open letter from Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski to members of Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Police, City of Fairfax Police, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Fairfax County Animal Protection Police, and beyond….
To all of the Men and Women of Public Safety, particularly in Northern Virginia, who treated us with dignity and respect and opened their arms to us in our time of need, I wish to extend my personal thanks and my thanks on behalf of the 1700 Men and Women of the Prince George’s County Police Department. We experienced the tragic and sudden loss of a young officer with a brilliant career in front of him. All of this was exacerbated by the fact that it all unfolded outside of our home jurisdiction. The processes of assisting family, bringing officers together, and informing community could have been challenging, but what we found was that we were welcomed, and we were, in every way that matters, at home. For you to take the extraordinary step of lining the procession route from INOVA Fairfax Hospital all the way out I-66 in similar fashion to what we would do for our own was touching in a way that I can’t express. You have my heartfelt thanks. You have the thanks and the respect of the Men and Women of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
Chief Hank Stawinski
Prince George’s County Police
And we know there were many others out there…we thank you!