Montgomery County Police 1st District Holds 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp

2016 Adventure Campers with a K-9 team

Montgomery County Police (MCP) 1st District officers and civilian staff will hold their tenth annual Police Adventure Camp. The week-long camp, held this year from Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30, will take place at Maryvale Elementary School located at 1000 1st Street in Rockville.

The camp, serving approximately 35 campers, is a partnership between the police department, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Linkages to Learning program.

The day-camping experience will provide the 3rd- through 5th-grade campers with a unique opportunity to better understand the work of police officers, but also allow the campers to get to know some of the officers in supportive and mentoring roles. The campers will receive guidance in conflict resolution, team work and good-decision making.

Presentations will be provided by the 1st District Traffic Squad, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and members of the MCP Volunteer Section. The campers will also see demonstrations by MCP Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers and K-9 teams.

Camp attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Public Safety Headquarters and the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, as well as spend a day exploring Port Discovery in Baltimore.

Police Adventure Camp teaches young people that they can have a positive impact on their community, that their decisions matter, and that police care about them. During the camp, officers and non-sworn staff try to make a positive difference in the life of each child that attends the camp. The camp concludes with a special graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon.

The first annual Police Adventure Camp was held at Veirs Mill Elementary School in June of 2008. Since then, the camp program has been honored with a Maryland Governor’s Service Award and a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.

The Police Adventure Camp is a community effort and donations have been crucial to its success. The department would like to thank the McDonalds in Twinbrook, the Chick-fil-A in the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center in Rockville, Branded ’72 in Rockville, the Twinbrook Deli, Giuseppi’s Pizza Plus in Rockville and Jersey Mike’s in the Wintergreen Shopping Center in Rockville, for their generous donations.

NOTE: Members of the media are encouraged to cover this unique camp experience. Excellent coverage opportunities include:
*Monday, June 26, 2 p.m., for the SWAT presentation to the campers
*Wednesday, June 28, 10 a.m., for K-9 demonstrations.
*Friday, June 30 at 3 p.m. for the culminating graduation ceremony.
Please call the Public Information Office, 240-773-5030 (option 4) to coordinate your coverage of the camp.
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The Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive To Be Held On May 31

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

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DATE:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LOCATION:

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

HOURS:

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

SIGN UP: *

Online (Click on Link) or 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.

Note to MEDIA: The media is invited to attend.

Reminder: The MCPD – Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Night Out Is This Friday, May 19

Note: The event will be held rain or shine! If need be, we will move the event inside to the Public Safety Training Academy (Note the new location of the Training Academy: 8751 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg).

This Friday, May 19, the Montgomery County Police Department, with the assistance of Autism Speaks, Pathfinders For Autism, and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) will host the fifth annual “Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Night Out” at the new location of the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg (8751 Snouffer School Road).

The theme of this year’s event is, Introductions and Interactions, Building Empowerment. It is our goal that this safety fair will provide valuable information and resources to loved ones while also providing an opportunity for our officers to receive additional information from caregivers about these medical conditions.  We encourage attendees to introduce themselves and their loved ones to the officers, first responders, and community members at the event.  We plan on having a lot of fun!  There will be activities for the entire family.  Activities will include: meeting some of our canines and local therapy and medical assistance dogs, touring emergency vehicles to include police and fire and rescue vehicles, face painting, and listening to sensory-friendly music.

So that we can better plan, please let us know if you are coming to the event by signing up online. (Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!)

What

When

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Rain or Shine! If need be, we will move the event inside to the Public Safety Training Academy

Where

  • NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Public Safety Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg

For Who

  • Caregivers, Parents, Loved Ones, and Community Members Who Want to Learn More About Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Questions about the event?

  • Please contact Officer Laurie Reyes by email: laurie.reyes@montgomerycountymd.gov

To Sign Up Online:

  • Please click here
  • Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!

More Information about the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit:

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit is committed to educating and bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Down Syndrome to the community and to officers, while also providing resources to loved ones of those with one of these conditions.  The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit has created a layered approach to Autism and Intellectual Disabilities awareness, that includes education, outreach, follow up, empowerment, and response.

The department recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with these disorders have a huge responsibility and that understanding, support, and collaboration with local police officers is essential.

The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit web page can be reached by clicking here.

A preview of the t-shirt provided in the MCPD – Autism/IDD Safety Kit. The kits will be available at the event and are free.

These vehicle window clings will be handed out at the event. These window clings are intended to aid first responders in an emergency and also are meant to bring awareness of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

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

On Saturday, April 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Montgomery County law enforcement agencies and the County’s Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office will be participating in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 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.

Fifteen 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. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in the facility lobbies:

Chevy Chase:

  • Chevy Chase Village Police Station                                                                          
    5906 Connecticut Avenue

 

  • MCP 2nd District Police at Village of Friendship Heights Community  Center
    4433 S. Park Avenue

Gaithersburg:

  • MCP 1st District Station/ Public Safety Headquarters
    100 Edison Park Drive

 

  • MCP 6th District Station
    45 West Watkins Mill Road

 

  • Gaithersburg Police Station
    14 Fulks Corner Avenue

 

  • Asbury Methodist Village – Lobby of Hefner Bldg.
    417 Russell Avenue

Germantown:

  • MCP 5th District Station
    20000 Aircraft Drive

 

  • Churchill Senior Living
    21000 Father Hurley Blvd.

Rockville:

  • Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriff’s
    2 W. Montgomery Ave. – Lobby of Rockville City Police Station

 

  • Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack
    7915 Montrose Road

 

  • Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington
    6125 Montrose Road

Silver Spring:

  • MCP 3rd District Station
    1002 Milestone Drive

 

  • Schweinhaut Senior Center
    1000 Forest Glen Road

Takoma Park:

  • Takoma Park Police at Takoma Park City Building Lobby
    7500 Maple Avenue

Wheaton:

  • MCP 4th District Station
    2300 Randolph Road

Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.

Disposing of prescription drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste Services offers these suggestions:

  1. Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  2. Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  3. Seal the bag and/or container.
  4. Crush pills or tablets.
  5. Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  6. Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  7. Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

All the returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

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The Montgomery County Police Department – Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Night Out Planned for Friday, May 19

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit is committed to educating and bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Down Syndrome to the community and to officers, while also providing resources to loved ones of those with one of these conditions.  The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit has created a layered approach to Autism and Intellectual Disabilities awareness, that includes education, outreach, follow up, empowerment, and response.

The department recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with these disorders have a huge responsibility and that understanding, support, and collaboration with local police officers is essential.

On Friday, May 19, the Montgomery County Police Department, with the assistance of Autism Speaks, Pathfinders For Autism, and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) will host the fifth annual “Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Night Out” at the new location of the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg (8751 Snouffer School Road).  It is our goal that this safety fair will provide valuable information to loved ones while also providing an opportunity for our officers to receive additional information from caregivers about these medical conditions.  We also plan on having a lot of fun!  There will be activities for the entire family: meeting some of our canines, touring emergency vehicles, face painting, and bouncing on a moon bounce.  Additional information will be released as the event nears.

So that we can better plan, please let us know if you are coming to the event by signing up online. (Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!)

What

When

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where

  • NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Public Safety Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg

For Who

  • Caregivers, Parents, Loved Ones, and Community Members Who Want to Learn More About Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Questions about the event?

  • Please contact Officer Laurie Reyes by email: laurie.reyes@montgomerycountymd.gov

To Sign Up Online:

  • Please click here
  • Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!

 

A preview of the t-shirt that will be given to attendees at the event!

These vehicle window clings will be handed out at the event. These window clings are intended to aid first responders in an emergency and also are meant to bring awareness of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.