Free Emergency Preparedness Training Class

Please note that this training class is now full.  We hope to host another training class in the spring.

What: The Montgomery County Department of Police, in partnership with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, are hosting a free emergency preparedness training class.  During this class, personnel will present information on Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training, CPR, the use of tourniquets, and family emergency planning.    Due to the nature of this training, this class is recommended for persons 18 and older.

When: Saturday, January 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  This training class will take place at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy located at 8751 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg.

Reservations are required for this training.  Please sign up for the class by Thursday, January 17 at:

Please note that this training class is now full.  We hope to host another training class in the spring.


Media Advisory: 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 15, 9:00 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 15).  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.


Here Comes Santa Claus! Riding into Town on His Harley to Benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH

On Wednesday, December 12, 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.

“Located on the NIH campus, The Children’s Inn is a nonprofit hospitality house that provides free lodging and supportive services to families of children with rare and serious illnesses whose best hope is a clinical trial at the NIH. Every year, The Children’s Inn houses more than 1,700 children and their families from across the United States and the world to help reduce the burden of illness on families, make childhood possible despite illness and advance medical breakthroughs at the NIH that benefit children today and generations to come. 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 12, 2018



Starting Location
5th District (Germantown) Station 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown 10:00 a.m.


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 3:15 p.m.
Pike & Rose shopping center
11580 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda 4:00 p.m.
The Children’s Inn at NIH Private event – Patients only 4:45 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 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.






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 2018, more than 1,700 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.

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 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






FOLLOW ALONG ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: Virtual “Santa Ride” – #MCPSantaRide #MotorSanta

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 #MotorSanta
  • If you are able to join us along the way, please tag/share your social media photos.

2018 National Night Out Events

The 2018 National Night Out annual observance will take place on Tuesday, August 7. This marks the 35th anniversary of National Night Out events. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts, and to enhance police and community relations. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, many communities celebrate with a variety of events to help neighbors get to know one another, build community spirit, and demonstrate a community’s commitment to keep their neighborhood free from crime.

The following communities have provided their respective itinerary of events to the Montgomery County Police Department as of July 27, 2018:

First District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Montgomery County Recreation Department Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd.; 7 to 9 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. David Scull Community Center/Park at 1201 First St.; 5 to 8 p.m.
  2. West End community, 500 block of Anderson Ave.; 6 to 10 p.m.
  3. Americana Centre Condominiums, 118 Monroe St.; 6 p.m. (no specified end time)
  4. Quince Orchard Knolls community, Quince Orchard Knolls Park, 11900 Quince Mill Dr., North Potomac; 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Second District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Kensington Park Senior Living, 3620 Littledale Rd., Kensington; 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  2. Kensington Fire Station 5, 10620 Connecticut Ave..; 6 to 8 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Lyttonsville/Rosemary Hills/Rock Creek communities, held at Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Rd.: approx. 6 to 8 p.m.

Third District:

Open to the Public:

  1. East County Regional Services Center at 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd.; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Forest Estates at General Getty Park, 10000 Woodland Dr.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  2. South Four Corners at South Four Corners Park (near the playground), 900 Forest Glen Rd.; 7 to 8 p.m.
  3. McKenney Hills / Carroll Knolls communities at Flora M. Singer Elementary School, 2600 Hayden Dr.; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  4. Hillandale community 1 at West Hillandale Swim Club at 915 Schindler Dr.; 5 to 7 p.m.
  5. Hillandale community 2 at 10116 Green Forest Dr.., 5 to 7 p.m.
  6. Fairland Estates community at 13613 Colefair Rd.; 4 to 6 p.m.
  7. Spring Gardens community at community room 8007 Eastern Ave.; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  8. Eton Road community, 9132 Eton Rd.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  9. Timberwood community, 9048 Saffron Ln.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  10. Oakview community at Roscoe Nix Elementary School, 1100 Corliss St.; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  11. Clifton Park community at Montgomery Knolls Elementary School at 807 Daleview Dr.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  12. Oak Hill community, 11497 Columbia Pike; 4 to 6 p.m.

Fourth District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Olney Community at the Fair Hill Plaza shopping center, 18169 Town Center Dr. in the area of the Harris Teeter parking lot; 5 to 8 p.m.
  2. Bel Pre community at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd.; 5 to 8 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Northwood-Four Corners community, 11105 Foxglove Lane; 7 to 9 p.m. (in coordination with the 3rd District)
  2. Popular Run community, 13500 Stargazer Ln.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  3. Manor Lake Civic Association Ice Cream Social, 15101 Bauer Dr.;7 to 9 p.m.

Fifth District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Clarksburg Outlets, 22705 Clarksburg Rd. at the central gathering spot in the Lower Court; 5 to 8 p.m.
  2. Milestone Target, 20908 Frederick Rd.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  3. Plum Gar Community Recreation Center and Park, 19561 Scenery Dr.; 5 to 8 p.m.

Community Events: 

  1. Hamptons community near community pool. 19757 Crystal Rock Dr.; 5 to 8 p.m.

Sixth District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Upper County Community Recreation Center at 8201 Emory Grove Rd.; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Community Events: 

  1. Saybrooke community at the community pool, 702 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  2. Flower Hill community at 8100 Mountain Laurel Ln.; 6 to 9 p.m.
  3. Montgomery Village community, Dr. Gordon W. Bowie Music Pavilion, 10120 Apple Ridge Rd.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  4. Summit Crest community at the clubhouse at 38 N. Summit Dr.; 6 to 8 p.m.
  5. Brighton Village community on the playground at 347-357 West Side Drive; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  6. Gaither House community at community pool at 501 S. Frederick Ave.; 5 to 7 p.m.
  7. Bennington Community at grassy area at Oak Shade & E. Darby Ct.; 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Additional National Night Out events in the County have been coordinated with other area police departments serving Montgomery County.

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Department Honors Fallen Heroes: Twenty-Four-Hour Vigil Begins Tuesday; Memorial Service on Wednesday at Public Safety Memorial

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. During Police Week, law enforcement officers and survivors from around the world come to Washington, DC, to participate in events that honor fallen officers.

Over the years, additional events of remembrance have been established in the month of May to honor public safety personnel that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout this month, the Montgomery County Police Department will remember and honor our fallen officers in various ways, beginning with a vigil and memorial service at the Public Safety Headquarters.

The Montgomery County Public Safety Employee Twenty-Four-Hour Memorial Vigil: Begins Tuesday, May 1

Beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 1, Montgomery County public safety employees both current and past, will participate in a twenty-four-hour vigil at the Montgomery County Public Safety Memorial on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg (100 Edison Park Drive).  During the twenty-four-hour time period, personnel will take turns standing watch at the Memorial as a way to honor the fallen.  This vigil will lead up to the Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Memorial Service held on Wednesday, May 2.

The Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Service: Wednesday, May 2

On Wednesday, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division will honor our fallen heroes at the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Service.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

What: Fallen Heroes Memorial Service

When: Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Public Safety Memorial, located on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878*

*Please note that in the case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the Public Safety Headquarters.

In Memory of:

Montgomery County Police Department

Police Officer III Noah A.  Leotta – December 10, 2015

Police Officer III William D. Talbert – January 27, 2012

Sergeant Hector I. Ayala – April 4, 2010

Police Officer III Luke T. Hoffman – April 25, 2007

Captain Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. – September 13, 2003

Police Officer III James E. Walch – January 25, 1994

Police Officer III Mark M. Filer – August 24, 1993

Police Officer III Philip C. Metz – March 27, 1981

Corporal John M. Frontczak – March 29, 1976

Captain James E. Daly, Jr. – March 28, 1976

Private William P. Conboy, Jr. – December 29, 1973

Lieutenant Donald A. Robertson – March 9, 1972

Lieutenant William H. Jessie – December 30, 1964

Private Robert W. McAllister – November 23, 1952

Private David G. Bisset – October 1, 1952

Patrolman James E. Shoemaker – February 4, 1938

Patrolman Webb S. Hersperger – June 18, 1933

Patrolman Joseph A. Case – December 17, 1928

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Captain James T. Hall – October 26, 1971

Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division

Officer Kristin M. Pataki – May 4, 2002