Montgomery County Department of Police Announce Leadership Changes

The Montgomery County Department of Police is pleased to announce that Assistant Chief Russell E. Hamill, III, will become Acting Chief of Police for Montgomery County beginning March 31, 2019.  Chief Hamill will serve as the Acting Chief of Police whilst a nationwide search to replace retiring Chief J. Thomas Manger is completed.  Chief Hamill previously served as the Assistant Chief of the Management Services Bureau and the Investigative Services Bureau.

Additionally, the department is announcing that Commander Dinesh Patil will serve as the Acting Assistant Chief of Police in charge of the Management Services Bureau beginning March 31, 2019.  Commander Patil previously served as the Commander of the 6th District in Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village.

Biographical Information

Assistant Chief Russell E. Hamill, III

Assistant Chief Russell E. Hamill, III, has been a member of the Montgomery County Police Department since 1986.  He served for nearly three years as a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff before joining the department.  After graduating from the Public Safety Training Academy, he was assigned to the 1st District as a patrol officer where he was also assigned to the Lincoln Park Community Policing Team (the department’s first effort at community policing), and then the Special Assignment Team.  He was then assigned to the Special Investigations Division as a detective in the Drug Investigations Unit.

In November of 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where his assignments included serving as a Sergeant in the Drug Enforcement Section of the Special Investigations Division, supervisor of the Police Community Action Team (PCAT), in the 5th and 2nd Districts as a shift Sergeant, at the Public Safety Training Academy as the Training Development/Critical Skills Supervisor, and as an Administrative Sergeant for the Investigative Services Bureau and Chiefs Office. 

In November of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 1st District.  Subsequently, he was assigned as the Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Division, Drug Enforcement Section.   

In November of 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and appointed as the Director of the Criminal Investigations Division.  In 2006 he successfully completed the Maryland Leadership Challenge program and graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 227.  In August of 2007, he assumed command of the 2nd District.

On September 2, 2011, then Commander Hamill was nominated by then County Executive Isiah Leggett for an appointment to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police and the appointment was approved by the County Council shortly thereafter.  Acting Chief Hamill served as the Chief of Detectives until October of 2017 and as Chief of the Management Services Bureau since that time.  He also completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute program and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police during that time.

Now Acting Chief of Police Hamill is a life-long resident of Montgomery County.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University.  He is married and has five children.

Commander Dinesh Patil

Commander Dinesh Patil was born and raised in Montgomery County and started his connection with the Montgomery County Police as a police explorer in 1988.  Commander Patil was hired by MCPD in 1994 and served in the Silver Spring District from 1994-2004 as a patrol officer, mountain bike officer, Special Assignment Team officer and Corporal.  Commander Patil transferred to the Wheaton / Glenmont District upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2004 but returned to the Silver Spring Special Assignment Team in 2005 where he remained until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2008.

As a Lieutenant, Commander Patil has served in the Management Services Bureau, Special Investigations Division and the Emergency Response Team Command Staff.  He was promoted to Captain in 2012 and in that role has served as the Duty Commander, Director of the Personnel Division, Director of the Special Investigations Division and most recently as the Commander of the Sixth District.  Commander Patil also serves as the Project Director for the National Capital Area Law Enforcement Information Exchange (NCR-LInX), and serves as Vice Chairman for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Police Chief’s Technology Committee.Commander Patil holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master’s of Science in Homeland Security Management from the University of Maryland.  Commander Patil graduated from the FBI National Academy Session 271 in 2018. 

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Update: Serious Pedestrian Collision in Rockville Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a now fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred on Saturday, March 23.  The pedestrian is identified as Jiayun Karen Liang, age 36, of Onondaga Avenue in San Francisco, California.

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 9:30 p.m., a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado assigned to the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, was traveling eastbound on Beall Avenue when, for reasons still under investigation, it struck an adult male and Liang.

Liang was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  On Thursday, March 28, she succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

All facts and circumstances regarding this incident are being investigated.  This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  If anyone witnessed the collision or has additional information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Detectives Investigate Commercial Burglary in Olney; Photographs of Suspect Released

Olney commercial burglary suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are investigating the commercial burglary of the California Tortilla restaurant located at 18101 Village Center Drive in Olney.  Today, detectives are releasing photographs of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

Investigators have determined that on March 4 at approximately 12:30 a.m., the suspect gained entry into the restaurant through the front door.  The suspect stole currency from the business and fled.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspect. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Olney commercial burglary suspect

Clarksburg Area Fatal Collision Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred this morning in the Clarksburg area.

On Thursday, March 28, at approximately 9:58 a.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 11700 block of Hawkes Road for the report of a serious collision.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on Hawkes Road and a 2003 Chevrolet Express 2500 van was traveling westbound on Hawkes Road.   For reasons still under investigation, the Accord and the Express 2500 van collided in the 11700 block of Hawkes Road (between Stringtown Road and Piedmont Road).

The driver of the Accord, identified as Nancy Soraya Moreno, age 45, of the 10800 block of Sir Barton Circle in Damascus, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  She succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

The driver of the Express 2500 van, identified as David Joseph Dowling, age 57, of the 23100 block of Bank Barn Court in Germantown, and an adult male front-seat passenger in the van suffered minor injuries in the collision.

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

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Montgomery County Department of Police 2018 Annual Report on Crime and Safety Available Online

2018 Annual Report on Crime and Safety 

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) has historically reported its crime data following the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Summary (SRS) guidelines, in which only total counts of specific incident classifications are reported. In 2017, the MCPD began reporting details about its individual crime incidents through the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Under NIBRS, MCPD records all offenses associated with an incident, rather than only the most severe offense, which provides greater specificity in reporting (greater capability to break data into more categories).

The following Montgomery County Department of Police Annual Reports for 2018 are also available online:

2018 Annual Report on Bias Incidents

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Annual Report on Bias Incidents is a report that provides statistical data about all of the incidents and criminal offenses that are motivated by the offender’s bias against a race, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In the state of Maryland, Public Safety Article §2-307 adds homelessness to the list of protected classes, and tasks all law enforcement agencies in the state to provide the Maryland State Police (MSP) with information related to bias-motivated incidents.

2018 Annual Use of Force Report 

The information presented in this annual report is obtained from the Use of Force reports completed by officers for incidents in calendar year 2018 where some type of force was used. This report is intended to provide an overview of the incidents involving use of force by police officers and to also identify trends and other issues that need to be addressed. In addition, annual reporting and analysis of department use of force policies and procedures is required by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) to help agencies identify policy modifications, trends, improve training and officer safety, and provide timely information for the agency to promptly address use of force issues. The Montgomery County Department of Police is dedicated to creating a culture of safety, transparency, and accountability.

2018 Annual Pursuit Report 

The information contained in this report is obtained from the MCP 610, Motor Vehicle Pursuit Report, the form completed by a supervisor from the district where a police pursuit originated.  On an annual basis, the Montgomery County Department of Police reviews and analyzes the data collected from the MCP 610 forms obtained in that calendar year and the pursuit policy (Function Code 135).

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