- What: MCP Fallen Officers Memorial Service
- When: Wednesday, May 8, 11:00 a.m.
- Where: Public Safety Training Academy, 9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville
The Montgomery County Police Department will hold a Memorial Service to pay tribute to and honor our fallen heroes.
Please see below information about Montgomery County’s Gun Turn-In Day to be held on May 11th.
A 4th District officer received the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Award at the Community Awards Banquet held last night at the Hollywood East Cafe in Wheaton.
Officer Andrew Suh, a three-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, received the Public Safety Award in recognition of his involvement in several complex investigations and quality arrests for serious crimes. Most recently, Officer Suh was involved in arrests related to three major felony events in the Wheaton-Glenmont area.
In January 2013, the Capitol One Bank on Georgia Avenue was robbed by a suspect with a handgun. This was the second commerical robbery of the day committed by the suspect. The suspect had fled from the bank in a taxi cab. Officer Suh circulated in the area of the bank robbery and observed a taxi cab parked in front of a nearby barber shop. Officer Suh went inside the barber shop and located the robbery suspect sitting in a barber chair covered in red paint from the dye pack that had exploded on him as he fled from the bank. Officer Suh arrested the suspect, thereby closing both armed robberies from that day. Of special note, this was Officer Suh’s second arrest of an armed bank robbery suspect in his three years as a police officer.
In February 2013, Officer Suh responded to a report of suspicious subjects walking through backyards. He located two men in the yards, and investigation revealed that they had just committed a residential burglary. The two men were arrested.
Seven days following the burglary arrest, Officer Suh responded to a burglary in which the victim’s credit cards were stolen and several fraudulent purchases were subsequently made. Officer Suh developed two suspects in this burglary and confirmed their identity by viewing video surveillance from establishments where the purchases were made. Officer Suh arrested both suspects and subsequently identified and arrested a third.
These cases are a sampling of the cases that portray Officer Suh’s commitment to the residents and businesses in the 4th District. Officer Suh is a highly motivated officer and an accomplished investigator who regularly goes above and beyond what is required of him in his effort to prevent and detect crime.
Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators in our 9-1-1 centers and is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This year, the week of April 14 to April 20 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Before police officers, firefighters, or EMS arrive to a call, the initial call is received and handled by one of the behind-the-scenes heroes in the 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). In most cases, these people are the unknown faces that you rarely see, but you can take comfort in knowing that they are always there.
PSAP’s across the country process thousands of 9-1-1 calls every day. The people who work behind the scenes are the first connection to emergency services and are the first link in the public safety chain, truly the “First of the First Responders”.
In addition to being the first link to our residents, our PSAP workers provide a vital link to our first responders as well. The safety of police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel is always forefront in the mind of the 9-1-1 call taker and dispatcher. This is because the safety of our first responders is fundamental to their ability to provide services to our residents.
Locally, our Emergency Communications Center (ECC) will be celebrating National Telecommunicators Week by recognizing the following personnel who will be awarded for their achievements at regional awards ceremonies:
- Public Safety Communications Specialist 3 Danielle Prince will be recognized for her nomination as “Communications Training Officer of the Year” at the Mid-Eastern Chapter of the Associations of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Telecommunications Awards to be held on April 18, 2013 at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. Danielle was also recently recognized internally at ECC as the “Communications Training Officer of the Year.”
- Public Safety Communications Specialist 3 Chanel Gary will be recognized for her nomination as “Telecommunicator of the Year” at the APCO Telecommunications Awards.
- Public Safety Communications Specialist 3 Kristen Torre will be recognized by receiving the “Cluster Magnet Award” at the 20th Annual Tri-State Telecommunicators Banquet and Awards Ceremony to be held on April 20, 2013 at the Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland.
Congratulations to all of the exceptional Montgomery County Police ECC 9-1-1 PSAP professionals!