Media Advisory: Montgomery County Police Foundation to Honor Chief J. Thomas Manger at Leadership Legacy Dinner October 16, 2019

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md., February 14, 2019

The Montgomery County Police Foundation (the “Foundation” or “MCPF”) will honor Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger at the Foundation’s Leadership Legacy Dinner October 16, 2019 at the Bethesda Country Club.

MCPF 2019 Leadership Legacy Dinner Honoring Chief J. Thomas Manger

October 16, 2019, 6:00 pm

Bethesda Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland

Companies, organizations, and individuals who are seeking more information about the dinner honoring Chief Manger, can contact the Foundation at or via the Foundation website,

In addition to honoring Chief Manger at the dinner, the Foundation will also award training and development and scholarships to two officers demonstrating exceptional leadership. The annual scholarships will be dedicated in Chief Manger’s name.

Supporting Montgomery County law enforcement, the MCPF works closely with the Chief of Police. Manger will retire in April 2019 after 15 years running the 1,300-officer force. Chief Manger plans to join the Major Cities Chiefs Association to head the group’s legislative efforts in Washington.

Manger, 64, has been a police officer for 42 years and is a well-known leader in the Washington region. Of his service to the county, Manger said he takes great pride in bolstering trust between the department and the community. “We were able to get a fair amount accomplished there,” he said of the trust-building.

About the Montgomery County Police Foundation
The Montgomery County Police Foundation is a community-sponsored private organization dedicated to improving the quality of police service in Montgomery County and to strengthening the relationship between the police and the community. Founded in 1995, the Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization ( The Foundation provides resources supporting projects facilitating community interaction, training, public safety efforts, and equipment for Montgomery County law enforcement.

The Foundation does not support any political candidate or agenda and it does not provide continuous funding of programs more appropriately supported by the County budget. The Foundation has no involvement with management, policies, or procedures of any police department. The Montgomery County government approved the formation of the Foundation and County Executives have expressed appreciation for the Foundation’s work. Montgomery County government and Department of Police employees are not members of the Foundation and have no official role with the Foundation. However, the Foundation looks to the Chief of Police and senior staff for guidance as to what activities and expenditures would best benefit the Police Department in support of the Foundation’s goals.

Contact:         Alison Santighian, Vice President, MCPF Board of Directors


Media Advisory – Law Enforcement Managing Search Operations Course


The Montgomery County Police Department’s Law Enforcement Managing Search Operations Course is designed to provide officers with the skills and knowledge to effectively and efficiently coordinate a police search for a missing person.

The media is invited to attend the last class of this course to observe and speak with Montgomery County Police Search Coordinators, Officer Jason Huggins and Officer John Greene, and Montgomery County Police – Autism/ Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)/Alzheimer’s Outreach Unit Officer Laurie Reyes.


Monday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m.


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg

First floor conference room


There is an increasing population of persons who have one or more factors that put them at risk of wandering/going missing and not being able to properly care for themselves on their own. This increase of at-risk individuals correlates to the increase in calls to the police asking for assistance in helping to locate these endangered missing persons.

The Montgomery County Police Department receives over 3000 missing persons cases every year and in 2017, the Managed Search Operations Team coordinated over 250 active search operations. These searches are time and resource intensive and often complicated by this region’s mass transit system and additional factors like weather and geography.

The students of this particular class are all members of DC area law enforcement agencies.  The law enforcement agencies represented are:


  • Bowie Police Department
  • Baltimore County (Maryland) Police Department
  • Charles County (Maryland) Sheriff’s Office
  • Frederick Police Department
  • Maryland Natural Resources Police
  • Prince George’s County Police Department
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Police Department
  • Maryland National – Capital Park Police (Montgomery County Division and Prince George’s County Division)

Washington, DC

  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • United States Park Police


  • Fairfax County Police Department
  • Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Prince William County Police Department








Media Advisory: Chief Manger to Speak About Opioid Epidemic at Montgomery County Police Officer Narcan Training


Chief Manger will speak about the opioid epidemic in Montgomery County at a Narcan (Naloxone) Training class.  Montgomery County Police (MCP) continue to train officers and equip them with Narcan. Narcan, a life-saving drug, counters the effects of opioid (such as heroin) overdose.

Police Foundation President Marvin Address will be available to speak about the foundation’s contribution to the  MCP Narcan Program.



Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m.



Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg, 20879


Members of the media are encouraged to attend this event.   If you plan to attend, please RSVP by contacting the Montgomery County Police Department – Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, press option 4.

Media Advisory: Holiday Alcohol Task Force – Roll Call Tonight


Members of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

Media is invited to the task force’s “roll call” – a briefing that occurs each evening before the officers begin to patrol the streets.


Tonight, Wednesday, November 22, 2017

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm


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


  • Montgomery County Police Department Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain
  • Rich Leotta, father of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.  Officer Noah Leotta was working a member of the annual holiday task force when he was struck by a drunk driver on December 3, 2015.  He succumbed to his injuries on December 10, 2015.
  • Representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Representative from Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control

Media – Please RSVP: Please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4, to confirm your attendance at tonight’s roll call.





Media Advisory: Chief Manger to Provide Information Regarding the Arrest of a Suspect for the Murder of Laura Wallen (Missing Olney Woman)


Press Conference to provide information regarding the arrest of a suspect for the murder of Laura Wallen.  Ms. Wallen was reported as missing by her family on Monday, September 4.  Her vehicle was recovered by detectives unoccupied in Howard County on Thursday, September 7.  This afternoon, Ms. Wallen was located deceased. 


Tonight, Wednesday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Members of the Media can enter the Public Safety Headquarters at 7:40 p.m.


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878


Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger