Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Riding his Harley to Benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH

Wednesday, December 11, Santa will come to Montgomery County riding 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 families with children participating in leading-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH Clinical Center is the nation’s premier biomedical research hospital, providing an opportunity for our residents to be partners in advancing medical discoveries and improving the health of people all over the world. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirit.”

For more information about The Children’s Inn, visit or follow us on social media at  — Facebook: @TheChildrensInn; Twitter: @TheChildrensInn; Instagram: @thechildrensinn” – The Children’s Inn at NIH


WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, 2019



Starting Location
5th District (Germantown) Station 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown Leaving at 10:00 a.m.
SCHEDULE:Destination Address Arrival Time
Upcounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown 10:05 a.m.
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg 10:45 a.m.
RIO Washingtonian Center (Target)
25 Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg 11:15 a.m.
Fair Hill Plaza – Olney Town Center (near fountain)
18169 Town Center Drive, Olney 2:30 p.m.
Ellsworth Drive near Starbucks 915 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring 3:10 p.m.
Pike & Rose shopping center
11580 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda  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 any changes to the schedule.

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 to 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 there.  We appreciate your understanding.







November 18, 2019


To Whom It May Concern:

The Montgomery County Police Department, in association with other law enforcement offices within the county are valued 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 patients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its purpose is to allow children and their families to stay together while participating in clincal research studies at the NIH, reduce the burden of illness on the patient and their support system and facilitate the healing process through mutual support. In fiscal year 2019, more than 1,500 families came from 50 states and 94 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.

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, and educational programming. Each one designed to build community and wellbeing 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 Community Engagement







Montgomery County Police Department (Facebook)

@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 along the way, please tag/share your social media photos.

2018 Santa Ride

Annual Governor’s Crime Prevention Award Recipients

Yesterday, Chief Jones and department personnel attended the 40th Annual Governor’s Crime Prevention Awards in Annapolis.

The Governor’s Crime Prevention Award is given to individuals, community groups, law enforcement agencies, and law enforcement officers who have made outstanding contributions to the furtherance of crime prevention in their departments and in their communities.

The Montgomery County Department of Police thanks the following Montgomery County recipients of the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for their continued dedication to making Montgomery County and their communities safer:

ArcLight Cinemas:

On every first Wednesday each month, the ArcLight Cinemas (located inside the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda) donates theater space to the Police Department to host the Senior Forum program for senior residents.  The Senior Forum includes a free viewing of a movie and also includes crime prevention presentations by officers.

Mr. Victor P. Jones:

Mr. Jones was recognized for his crime prevention work within the Rockville community.  Mr. Jones participates in and sponsors many activities at the Maryvale Elementary School (located in Aspen Hill).  He mentors students and attends pizza parties for those students who earn good grades.  Mr. Jones is also an active supporter of the annual summer Police Adventure Camp.

Target of Rockville:

The Rockville Target store sponsors an annual Heroes and Helpers event.  During this event, Target provides local children each with a $100 Target gift card to shop for Christmas presents.  Each child shopper is paired with a police officer while Target employees are also available to assist with any shopping needs.

Ms. Pat Tyson:

Ms. Tyson, of Lyttonnsville, has been very involved in her community for many years.  Ms. Tyson serves as the Secretary for the Lyttonsville Civic Association and is a member of the Coffield Advisory Committee.  For the past 18 years, Ms. Tyson has coordinated the annual National Night Out celebration at the Coffield Community Center in Silver Spring.  This event draws 150 to 200 area residents.

Rockville Men’s Shelter:

The Men’s Shelter in Rockville is the only overnight shelter for men in Montgomery County.  To open dialogue between law enforcement and the men, monthly meetings with officers are held at the shelter.  These meetings are meant to help foster trust between the men who stay at the shelter and the police.

Youth on the Rise Summer Camp:

Youth on the Rise is a police summer camp that encourages students who are entering the 9th grade to make good choices as they enter high school.  The camp also provides an opportunity for the students to engage with police officers in a positive manner through games, field trips, and discussions.

Congratulations to the recipients!

Media Advisory: MCP and Target to Host Heroes & Helpers Event Tomorrow

What:  MCP and Target will host a Heroes and Helpers event to help approximately 120 children from all six police districts purchase holiday gifts for their families.

When: Tomorrow – Saturday, December 7, 8:30 a.m. start time

Where: Rockville Target, 5700 Bou Avenue

Target’s Heroes and Helpers program pairs public safety officials with children to shop for gifts for the holidays.  The gifts are purchased with Target gift cards donated by the store.

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

Heroes and Helpers 2018

Heroes and Helpers 2018

Heroes and Helpers 2018

Donate Blood in Honor of Officer Noah Leotta on December 18


MCP Officer Noah Leotta was struck by a drunk driver in December of 2015 and died due to the injuries he sustained. If you wish to donate blood in Noah’s honor and help your community please schedule an appointment to donate at this special blood drive.

                                                            Blood Drive

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters

First Floor Conference Room

100 Edison Park Dr

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Register online at and enter Sponsor ID: “MCPSHQ Gaithersburg” in Find a Blood Drive or call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule your appointment.

Consider a Power Red donation if you are O-, O+, A- or B- blood type. Your donation will double its impact. Eligibility concerns, please call the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276.



Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS to Participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, as Montgomery County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Understanding the prevalence of opioid overdoses and abuse, this event is a particularly important means for the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted opioid prescriptions and prevent their life-threatening abuse.

County law enforcement agencies and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office are co-sponsoring the effort. This is a safe, free, and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

Drop-off locations will be open to the general public throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of this take-back program. Montgomery County Police officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in facility lobbies:

  • Bethesda:

Montgomery County Police 2nd District Station – 4823 Rugby Avenue

  • Chevy Chase:

Village of Friendship Heights Community Center – 4433 S. Park Avenue

  • Damascus

Damascus United Methodist Church – 9700 New Church Street

  • Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village:

Asbury Methodist Village – 301 Odendhal Avenue

North Creek Community Center – 20125 Arrowhead Road

**See Gaithersburg Police Department locations below.

  • Germantown:

Montgomery County Police 5th District Station – 20000 Aircraft Drive

Wegmans – 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway

  • Leisure World

MedStar Pharmacy – 3305 N. Leisure World Boulevard

  • Rockville:

Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington – 6125 Montrose Roa

Montgomery County Police 1st District Station (located within the Public Safety Headquarters) – 100 Edison Park Drive

** See Rockville City Police Department locations below.

  • Silver Spring:

Fire Station 1/ 3rd District Central Business District Satellite Station – 8110 Georgia Avenue

Montgomery County Police 3rd District Station – 1002 Milestone Drive

  • Takoma Park

**See Takoma Park location below.

  • Wheaton:

Montgomery County Police 4th District Station – 2300 Randolph Road

Other law enforcement agencies:

**Gaithersburg Police Department – The Gaithersburg Police Department is now accepting unused or expired prescription medications at its police station all year round. More information can be found here.

**Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office locations

**Takoma Park Police Department – The Takoma Park Police Department has a collection site that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.  More information here.

**To search for additional drop-off sites, please visit the DEA’s Drug Take-Back Day web page and use the collection site locator.