Lieutenant Thomas B. Jacocks – Retiring with Over 6 Decades of Dedicated Service with the Montgomery County Police Department

Tomorrow, November 30, Lieutenant Thomas B. Jacocks will complete his last tour of duty after 61 plus years of dedicated service with the Montgomery County Police Department.  Lieutenant Jacocks joined the Montgomery County Police Department on July 1, 1955.  He will retire as the longest-serving member of law enforcement at a single agency in the state of Maryland.

Jacocks was born in October of 1932, in Washington, D.C. According to family members, Jacocks announced at dinner one evening, when he was six years old, that he was going to be a police officer when he grew up. Jacocks graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) High School in 1951 and in the summer of 1952 enlisted in the Army during the Korean War; he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. In 1954, after his military tour ended, he applied to become a Montgomery County Police Officer. He was sworn in on July 1, 1955, and began his career as a patrol officer in Bethesda. He married his wife, Peggy, and they moved to Kensington where they raised their five children. Jacocks rose through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Detective Private First Class, Detective Corporal, Detective Sergeant, Detective Sergeant First Class, to Lieutenant. He has worked not only in the 2nd District (Bethesda station), but also in the Juvenile Aid Bureau, the Warrant and Fugitive Bureau, the 4th District (Wheaton-Glenmont station), the 3rd District (Silver Spring station), and as the Court Liaison Officer.

Jacocks has also dedicated over 30 years of service to the Maryland Special Olympics program. He is a fundraising leader for the Department’s annual Torch Run that benefits Special Olympics and has attended every Department Torch Run since Maryland’s inception of the program in 1985.

Certainly Jacocks has seen many changes in police work and the county over his 61 plus years of service. On Jacocks’s first day on the job, he was one of 180 officers serving a population of about 200,000. Today, he serves as one of more than 1,200 officers who serve a population of over 1,000,000 residents. If you’re fortunate to sit down with the soft-spoken Jacocks, the stories that he will tell you from his seasoned perspective about police work are fascinating.

Chief Tom Manger, commenting on Lieutenant Jacocks career, said, “For over 61 years, Lieutenant Tom Jacocks has remained committed to his profession and serving the residents of Montgomery County.”

The 84-year-old Lieutenant does not like the spotlight and humbly prefers to retire without  great fanfare. Nonetheless, to celebrate his impressive career, his fellow police officers and police personnel, family, and friends, will hold a low-key gathering tomorrow. It will be held at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters.

Note to Media: Media is invited to attend Lieutenant Jacocks’ retirement reception tomorrow at the Public Safety Headquarters.  For more information and to RSVP please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, press option 4.

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Chief Manger’s Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts During the Holiday Season

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Today, Chief Manger joined Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and other county officials at a holiday safety press event to provide information to help community members “Stay Safe this Holiday Season.

Chief Manger offered these Top 10 do’s and don’ts to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season:

#10 Don’t park in a Disabled Parking spot unless you have a Disabled Parking placard and the placard is issued to you. Even parking there for just a few minutes is illegal and tremendously insensitive for those who really need that spot.

#9 Do put your phone away while you are driving or walking. Distracted driving is the leading cause for collisions.

#8 Don’t have packages delivered to unsecured locations. Packages are stolen off front porches way too often. Have packages delivered to your work address or to a neighbor who is at home.

#7 Do be careful when you are walking in a big parking lot. Pedestrians are struck by cars backing out of parking spaces every day during busy shopping times.

#6 Don’t give money to anyone who calls you on the phone, unless you know who the caller is.  Phone scams spike during the season of giving—make sure you know who you are giving your money to.

#5 Do keep your wallet in your front pocket, or in a closed purse. Keep your purse in front of you at all times. An open purse is an easy target for a thief.

#4 Don’t keep your shopping bags and packages in plain view in your car. Thieves are always on the lookout for valuables in an unattended car.

#3 Do plan ahead when you attend a holiday party. Have a designated driver if you are going to drink. Arrange for a taxi or an Uber. Do remember that WRAP (Washington Regional Alcohol Program) provides their SoberRide service every year at this time. No excuse to drink and drive. You can end up in the hospital, in jail, or in the morgue.

#2 Don’t give your credit-card information to any solicitor who comes to your door or calls you on the phone.  There are too many scammers this time of year. Better safe than sorry.

And the #1 way to keep yourself safe this holiday season:  Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Whether you are driving, walking, putting merchandise in your car, while you’re shopping, when you are walking alone. Look around, stay in lit areas, shop with a friend, notice your surroundings to keep yourself safe.

On behalf of all of the men and women of the MCPD, we wish you a peaceful holiday.

 

Detectives Investigate Single-Vehicle, Fatal Collision in Clarksburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single-vehicle, single-occupant, fatal collision that occurred in Clarksburg on November 24.

On Thursday, November 24 at approximately 12:32 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of Frederick Road (Route 355) and Comus Road for the report of a serious, single-vehicle collision that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2012 Nissan Altima was travelling southbound on Frederick Road prior to Comus Road.  For reasons still under investigation, the Altima left the roadway, struck a tree and then struck a telephone pole.  The driver, identified as George William Brust, age 74, of the 5500 block of Feagaville Lane in Frederick, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Detectives Continue to Investigate Death as Homicide in Gaithersburg Area; Asking for Public’s Help to Identify Victim

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the Saturday, November 12 discovery of a body found in a shallow grave in a wooded area in the 11500 block of Game Preserve Road.  Today, detectives are announcing that they are investigating this death as a homicide and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the victim.

On Saturday, November 12 at approximately 4:27 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the 11500 block of Game Preserve Road for the report of a body that had been found by hikers.  In the woods, responding officers located a shallow grave that contained the body.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore continues to investigate the cause and manner of the person’s death.

The victim is described as a Hispanic male, believed to be in his late teens to early twenties, and approximately 5’6″ tall.  The Medical Examiner’s Office believes it is possible that the victim has been in the woods since the late summer of 2016.  Detectives are releasing representative photos of the shirt and size 8 Aldo shoes that the male was wearing when he was discovered in the woods.

Detectives urge anyone who has information regarding the identity of this victim to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Maryland Police Agencies’ Online Information

The Police Reform Bill (House Bill 1016) became a law in the State of Maryland on October 1, 2016.  The Police Reform Bill is intended to increase the accountability and the transparency of law enforcement agencies within the State of Maryland.  A portion of The Police Reform Bill requires that a law enforcement agency post its departmental policies, complaint processes, and collective bargaining agreements on the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (MPTSC) website.

The MPTSC website containing an on-line listing of all the Maryland law enforcement agencies can be found by visiting:  http://mdle.net/agencies.htm

To obtain Montgomery County Police Department information directly, go to the following links:

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