Throughout the year, Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers, in addition to their daily patrols educating the public on traffic laws and enforcing those laws, conduct focused traffic-safety initiatives. In April, which is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Police Department has conducted enforcement that focuses on the illegal use of cell phones while driving. In May, the Police Department will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket Campaign which is intended to increase the awareness of using seat belts and child safety seats and using them properly.
The MCPD – Operation Safe Ride To School initiative is both an educational and enforcement campaign that focuses on distracted driving and seat belt and child safety seat use around Montgomery County Public school entrances and drop-off lanes during the morning arrival of students. It began this month (April) and will continue in May. The Department has received numerous complaints and concerns that drivers are talking on cell phones during school drop-off and are not properly securing children in car seats or not using safety seats. The Department recognizes that the arrival of children at school is often a very active time of heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic and safety during this time is a priority.
In regard to the educational aspect of this Operation Safe Ride To School campaign during April, Traffic Division officers with the assistance of MCPD Cadets and interns have observed morning traffic near elementary and middle schools. Officers have noted the number of cell phone and seat belt and safety seat violations they observed. The record of those violations are then shared with school officials who in turn share them with parents and guardians. During May, Traffic Division officers will begin the enforcement component of this initiative and will enforce the illegal use of cell phones by drivers and seat belt and safety seat violations around public schools during the morning arrival of students.
The Department’s goal with this initiative is to work to maximize everyone’s safety during the arrival at school.
Yesterday at the 2017 Intern and Volunteer Banquet, the Montgomery County Police Department recognized all of the interns and volunteers that selflessly give their time to the Department. In 2016, interns and volunteers contributed approximately 30,882 hours to the Department. Currently there are 72 active interns and 72 active volunteers.
The following interns, volunteers, and supervisor received special awards at the banquet:
Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation
Volunteer of the Year
Outstanding Volunteer Award
- Michael Coxen
- Dr. Abby Morris
- Bruce Redding
- Bill Richbourg
Intern of the Year
Outstanding Intern Award
- Michael Chatlin
- Kathyrn McClaflin
Gloria A. Carter Memorial Award
Robert B. Davis Memorial Award
Noah A. Leotta Distinguished Service Award
Supervisor of the Year
5 Years of Service Awards
- Barkhad Hamud
- Brianna Morey
- Pamela Thompson
- Paul Weiss
10 Years of Service Award
20 Years of Service Award
25 Years of Service Award
For more information about how to volunteer or intern with the Montgomery County Police Department, please visit:
Thank you to all of our interns and volunteers for providing such a valuable service.
Montgomery County Police Department interns
Montgomery County Police Department volunteers
Fifth District Commander David Gillespie will be retiring from the Montgomery County Police Department after a 28-year career. He will begin his new position as the Chief of the Melbourne, Florida Police Department later this spring.
A native of Montgomery County and a second-generation Montgomery County Police (MCP) officer, Commander Gillespie began his law enforcement career on August 7, 1989. His father, Bernard Gillespie, served with MCP from 1961 to 1984 and retired as a sergeant.
During his career, Commander David Gillespie served in many capacities to include the Director of the Special Investigations Division, the Public Safety Training Academy, and the Major Crimes Division. He has served as Commander of the Fifth District from 2013 to the present and will retire as the longest serving Fifth District Commander since that station opened in 1980.
Gillespie is the father to three supportive children and attributes much of his success to his family and extended family.
Captain Mark Plazinski, a 23-year veteran of the Department, will be the new Fifth District Commander starting May 1.
Maurice Edward Kirkland Jr.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager from the Fairland area.
Maurice Edward Kirkland Jr., age 15, was last seen by family members when he left his Fairland Road home on foot at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 23. Maurice is described as an African American male, 5’10” tall, and weighing 175 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes. Maurice was last seen wearing a black “Marvel” t-shirt with red letters, dark blue jeans, and red Nike shoes. Maurice is known to frequent the area of the Orchard Center shopping mall located at 12000 Cherry Hill Road in the Calverton area.
Police and family are concerned for Maurice’s welfare.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Maurice Edward Kirkland Jr. is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
Update: April 24 – Sean Preilipper has been located safe and unharmed. The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.
Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 37-year-old Bethesda man.
Sean Preilipper, 37, walked away from his Tanglewood Drive residence in Bethesda at approximately 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 21 (yesterday). He is described as a white male, 6′ tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. When he left the home he shares with family members, he was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, dark jeans, and dark colored shoes.
Police and family are concerned for Sean Preilipper’s emotional and physical welfare. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sean Preilipper is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301.279.8000.