Monday, August 24, 2015

PGPD Honors Patrol Officers of the Month

Rain or shine, hot or cold, our patrol officers suit up 24/7 to serve and protect the residents of Prince George’s County. Each day, those officers do good work. Here are the Patrol Officers of the Month for July.

District I Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer Daniel Allen

On July 18th, while on patrol, Police Officer Daniel Allen conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of University Boulevard. 
While talking to the driver, the driver informed the officer he had a Taser in the trunk. After additional questioning, the driver also admitted to having a gun in the car. He had prior assault convictions so he could not legally carry or possess any firearms. Police Officer Allen took the suspect into custody. A search of the car revealed a handgun in the driver’s door pocket and a loaded magazine under the driver’s seat. 

District II Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer Taylen Washington 

On July 24th, Police Officer Taylen Washington responded to Largo Center Drive for an armed robbery. The victim had been approached by four suspects, one with a handgun, who assaulted him and stole his wallet and backpack. Police Officer Washington searched the immediate area and saw four males matching the lookout description. The suspects began to run and after a brief foot chase, Police Officer Washington caught one of the suspects near the Largo Metro Station. After backup officers arrived, Police Officer Washington continued to search for the other suspects and was able to find and arrest a second suspect.

District III Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer Kyle Cook

On July 23rd, while on patrol in the area of Cedarleaf Avenue and G Street in Seat Pleasant, Police Officer Kyle Cook saw an occupied, parked SUV. As he went to conduct a field investigation, the driver drove off as a suspect bailed out of the passenger side and tried to run away. While running after him, Police Officer Cook saw that the suspect was holding something in his waistband. Moments later, the suspect fired a round from a handgun but didn’t strike the officer due to his officer safety tactics. The suspect was arrested a short distance away. A loaded handgun was found nearby. The suspect was already a convicted felon. 

District IV Police Officer of the Month 
Police Officer Jamal Neptune

On July 7th, while on patrol in the area of Wheeler Road and Southern Avenue, Police Officer Jamal Neptune spotted a car wanted in connection with a shooting the previous night. Police Officer Neptune attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the car sped off. The driver lost control a short time later and the car struck a curb. One occupant got out of the car and ran. Police Officer Neptune quickly caught him. The other two occupants stayed at the car and were taken into custody. The three suspects admitted to their involvement in the shooting.

District V Patrol Officer of the Month
Corporal Keith Gibson

On July 26th, Corporal Keith Gibson responded to Kilbourne Drive and Woodbourne Avenue for a loud music complaint. 
When the first officer had arrived on the scene, a black SUV was seen traveling at a high rate of speed and hit a parked car. An officer approached the driver and could smell alcohol. As that officer was preparing to administer field sobriety tests to the driver, the driver assaulted the officer and fled in the SUV. A lookout was broadcast and a short time later, Corporal Gibson spotted the SUV and conducted a traffic stop. The driver jumped out and ran. Corporal Gibson ran after him and caught him.  
Further investigation revealed the driver was in possession of a handgun. He was charged with assault and possession of a firearm. 

District VI Patrol Officers of the Month
Police Officer First Class Andrew Wallman

Police Officer First Class Thaddeus Carrington

 On July 16th, Police Officers First Class Andrew Wallman and Thaddeus Carrington were dispatched to Avebury Drive for a group of males firing a handgun in the air. Once on the scene, the patrol officers canvassed the area with no results and cleared the call. The patrol officers stayed in the area and within minutes, officers were dispatched again to the area of Avebury Drive for the report of suspects breaking into an apartment.  POFCs Wallman and Carrington were able to respond quickly and make a safe approach to the building without being discovered by the suspects. While tactically observing the males inside the apartment building’s laundry room, the officers saw a suspect discard a handgun. As the suspects left the building, the officers conducted a tactical approach and took them into custody without incident. The handgun was recovered.

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