Tuesday, June 26, 2018


The Prince George's County Police Department was proud to host leadership from Mexico, Central America, and South America today. 

PGPD command staff and members from investigative units from across our agency met with our visiting law enforcement partners about attacking transnational crime. Much of the focus was on engaging with criminal leadership abroad as key to protecting county streets and disrupting criminal activity at home. Also, in attendance, was Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Louis Borunda who remarked on the criticality of these partnerships.  Since assuming command in January, 2016, PGPD Chief Hank Stawinski has worked to build relationships with police officials in Latin America in his effort to combat transnational crime. Today's invaluable exchange of information was an extension of that continuing work and follows separate trips by Chief Stawinski and PGPD Assistant Chief Hector Velez to El Salvador.

"Today, on behalf of our community, we had the opportunity to have conversations with the attaches of several countries challenged by transnational crime.  We look forward to collaborating with their police agencies and providing critical information.  We will benefit from receiving information from them so that we, in a concerted way, can make a difference in our community and in their communities when it comes to fighting transnational crime," said Chief Stawinski.

For a video snapshot of today’s meeting click on this link:

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