The Montgomery County Police Department Joins Nextdoor

The Montgomery County Police Department is joining Nextdoor (, a free, private social network for your neighborhood.  Nextdoor is an additional platform that the Department, District Commanders, and other Department personnel will use to improve communication with residents.

Police Department personnel will be able to post important information, to include crime alerts, safety information, and community events, to Nextdoor.  Residents can reply to Department posts, forward information, and send private messages to Police Department representatives.

In Nextdoor, each neighborhood has its own webpage, accessible only to residents in that neighborhood.  Police department representatives cannot view the content of neighborhood webpages in Nextdoor.

Please note that Nextdoor is not to be used to request police or emergency services.  Residents need to call 9-1-1 in emergency situations or call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 to report non-emergencies.

Residents can sign up with Nextdoor by visiting the Nextdoor website at or by downloading the Nextdoor application.  For questions with the Nextdoor website, please visit:

Residents are also encouraged to follow the Police Department on Facebook and on Twitter.  Police Department press releases can be found at




Santa Trades in Sleigh for MCP Harley to Benefit Children’s Inn at NIH

On Wednesday, December 14, Santa will trade in his sleigh to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle during the Police Department’s annual Santa Ride that benefits The Children’s Inn at NIH.  The Department invites residents to stop at any of the predetermined locations to visit with Santa and his motor officer elves.


Santa and his elves (aka: motor officers) will travel throughout the county on their motorcycles as they make their way to bring gifts and donations from local businesses and organizations to the children and families at the Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health).  While at the Inn, officers will help the children choose presents for their family members at a gift shop.

“The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential ‘place like home’ for up to 59 seriously ill children and their families who stay together while participating in groundbreaking medical research at the National Institutes of Health, the world’s leading biomedical research center. Families come from across the country and around the world to stay together at The Inn – free of charge – no matter how long they need to stay. The Inn gives kids a chance to be kids and aims to reduce the burdens of illness through recreational, therapeutic and educational programming.”  – The Children’s Inn at NIH

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Destination Address Arrival Time
5th District (Germantown) Station 20000 Aircraft Dr, Germantown 10:00 a.m.
Upcounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown 10:05 a.m.
Wegmans 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown 10:30 a.m.
Kentlands Market Square
By Starbucks,121 Market Street, Kentlands 11:05 a.m.
Public Safety Headquarters 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg 11:30 a.m.
Bennigan’s (Lunch)
23315 N Frederick Avenue, Clarksburg 12:30 a.m.
Fair Hill Plaza – Harris Teeter 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney 2:30 p.m.
Ellsworth Drive near Starbucks 915 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring
3:10 p.m.
Veteran’s Park
Intersection of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues 3:50 p.m.
The Children’s Inn at NIH Private event – Patients only 4:30 p.m.

*Santa will do his very best to stay on schedule but please note that all times are approximate.  Please follow the Department on Twitter @mcpnews during the Santa Ride for the most up-to-the-minute information.

In the past, residents have inquired why the Santa Ride cannot begin at night so that school children may have a better opportunity to see Santa.  Please know that the ultimate goal of this ride is meet with the families of NIH, so we need to make sure that we arrive at the Inn at a reasonable hour and that Santa has time to talk with all of the children.  We appreciate your understanding.


To provide a financial donation to the Children’s Inn at NIH, please see the below letter from the Children’s Inn:

To Whom It May Concern:

The Montgomery County Police Department, in association with other law enforcement offices within the county have become partners in the annual “Santa’s Escort Ride” to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH. The procession of over 30 uniformed policemen led by Santa on a Harley has become a highlight of the holiday season for the last several years. The charity ride has even captured the attention of many media outlets.

The Children’s Inn is a private, nonprofit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients at the National Institutes of Health.  Its purpose is to keep children together with their families during serious illness, reduce their stress and facilitate the healing process through mutual support. In fiscal year 2016, more than 1,500 families came from 50 states and 86 countries to stay at The Inn. Families do not pay to stay at the Inn; we rely solely on private contributions to sustain our operations.

We are seeking financial donations from local organizations and businesses. All donations raised from this event will help support operational expenses as well as programs for the entire family. These services include recreational, therapeutic, wellness, educational, and spiritual programming. Each one designed to build community and well being among residents and to provide children and families a natural opportunity to meet and make friends with others going through similar experiences.

We are hoping you will be able to donate to this charity event. Your charitable, tax-deductible donation will help The Children’s Inn continue to provide much needed services to seriously ill children and their families. To provide a financial donation on-line, please visit our website at, and enter your information. You may also mail your donation to The Children’s Inn at NIH, Attn: Donation Department in c/o Santa Police Ride, 7 West Drive, Bethesda, MD  20814.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at or by phone at 301-451-9454.  Thank you in advance for considering our request.

With gratitude,
Laura King
Sr. Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach


FOLLOW ALONG: Virtual “Santa Ride” – #MCPSantaRide

@mcpnews on Twitter


  • If you are unable to stop and see Santa and his elves along the Santa Ride route, MCP invites you to join us on a virtual ride-along with Santa as MCP officers will post updates to our social media (Facebook and Twitter) as the Santa Ride progresses through the County. #MCPSantaRide
  • If you are able to join us for the Santa Ride, please tag us in your photos posted to social media.


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MCP and Target to Host Heroes & Helpers Event Tomorrow



  • What:  MCP and Target will host a Heroes and Helpers event to help students from Maryvale Elementary School and Twinbrook Elementary School purchase holiday gifts for their families.
  • When: Tomorrow – Saturday, December 10, 8:00 a.m.
  • Where: Target of Rockville, 5700 Bou Avenue

MCP has teamed up with Target of Rockville for the Heroes and Helpers shopping event to be held tomorrow (Saturday, December 10).  The Heroes and Helpers program pairs public safety officers with youth to shop for gifts for the holidays.  The gifts are purchased with Target gift cards donated by the store.

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.

Give the Gift of Life at the Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive on December 21

Please join the Montgomery County Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood in honor of Officer Noah Leotta.



Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878
First floor conference room


8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Online at:

Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767

*All donors are urged to sign up so that the Red Cross can adequately staff the blood drive.
*Walk-in donors will be accepted but may have a longer wait time.

Spectacular Kids Night at IHOP; Outreach to Families of Loved Ones with Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), in partnership with Autism Speaks, Pathfinders for Autism, and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, will hold the second annual Spectacular Kids Night this Thursday, November 10.

Spectacular Kids Night provides families who care for loved ones with Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) the opportunity to enjoy a meal while making connections with other families who have loved ones with Autism/IDD.

This event also allows families and public safety members to talk in an informal setting and share information about Autism and IDDs. Officers from the Department to include officers from the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit will be at the event to answer questions and provide safety information.  Pathfinders for Autism personnel, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel, and MCPD’s Autism Ambassador Jake will also be in attendance.

Please note that registration is not required.  There is no fee to attend this event but meal costs remain an individual’s responsibility.


This Thursday, November 10


5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The IHOP restaurant located at 20009 Century Boulevard in Germantown

For further information about this event please contact Officer Laurie Reyes of MCPD’s Autism Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit by email:

For further information about MCPD’s Autism Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit please visit our website.