Media Advisory: Four-Year-Old Resident to Receive 5th District Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation


5th District Commander Mark Plazinski and 5th District Lieutenant Jae Hwang will present a Germantown boy, accompanied by his mother, with the Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the 4-year-old’s efforts to go find help for his mother when she was in medical distress.  Sergeant Peter Johnson, who nominated the boy for this award, will also be in attendance.


Tuesday, January 14, at 4:30 p.m.


5th District Police Station

20000 Aircraft Drive

Germantown, Maryland 20874


On December 20, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a concerned resident called 911 to report that he had located a small child who was crying and walking unaccompanied on Thunderhead Way in Germantown.  Officers responded and spoke with the child, who was able to state his name and show officers where he lived on Thunderhead Way.  No one was in the child’s residence, so officers began attempting to locate a parent/guardian.  The child made statements that made the officers believe that his mother was experiencing a medical emergency.

Through investigation, officers were able to locate the boy’s mother in a nearby school parking lot; she was found unconscious.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the location and transported the mother to a local hospital for treatment.

Media Advisory: Resident to Receive 4th District Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation for Lifesaving Actions


4th District Lieutenant Gerald McFarland will present a Rockville resident with the Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation for the resident’s lifesaving actions.  The person who received the lifesaving measures will also be in attendance to thank the resident and officers who came to his aid.

On October 3 at approximately 10:15 p.m., a 4th District officer was on patrol and driving his cruiser on Randolph Road near the 4th District police station when he observed a Mero bus stopped in the roadway and the driver of the bus flagging him down.

The driver explained that there was an unconscious male on the bus.  When the officer entered the bus, a passenger was performing CPR on the 24-year-old male.  The officer radioed for additional assistance to include Fire and Rescue personnel. The officer continued CPR and another officer used her automated external defibrillator (AED).  The male was transported to the hospital and has since been released.


Monday, November 11, at noon


4th District Police Station

2300 Randolph Road

Wheaton, Maryland 20902






Update on the Death of Officer Thomas J Bomba

On October 14, 2019, Officer Thomas J. Bomba was found shot on the top level of a parking garage located at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring.  Officer Bomba was transported to the Washington Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Today, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia has ruled Officer Bomba’s death as the result of a self-inflicted injury.

Officer Bomba was wearing his body-worn camera, but it had not been activated.  We continue to evaluate evidence collected at the scene as part of our commitment to completing a thorough and exhaustive investigation.

The outpouring of support from the community has been greatly appreciated during this trying time.

Memorial service details are not available at this time.  More information regarding memorial services for Officer Thomas J. Bomba will be provided when available.



Traffic Advisory: Road Closures Anticipated in Rockville on September 13

The following road closures will occur on Friday, September 13, 2019, in anticipation of a planned demonstration in downtown Rockville.  Please plan your routes accordingly and anticipate delays in these areas.

These closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m.

Maryland Avenue will be closed from Fleet Street to E. Jefferson Street

Vinson Street will be closed in its entirety.

Any updates to this information will be conveyed via our social media accounts.



Police Advise Residents that School Season Starts Next Week; Watch for School Buses

As we approach a new school year next week, the Montgomery County Department of Police are reminding all residents to be vigilant and pay attention to school buses as they pick-up and drop off children throughout the day.

This year, all Montgomery County School buses will be equipped with safety cameras that will capture the images of drivers who neglect to stop for school buses in the process of dropping off and picking up school children.  Negligent drivers will receive a civil citation with a fine starting at $250 with penalties going up to $500.

Drivers are required to stop in both directions for any school bus with it’s lights on and STOP sign extended who is in the process of picking up or dropping off children.  Unless there is a physical median divider, you are required to stop for the buses even if you are in the opposite lanes of traffic.

Click here for more information on stopping for school buses:  School Bus – Stopping (Note: Automated Fines are now $250)

Our goal is to have every child make it to school and return home safely every single day.  Attached are school bus safety camera footage showing just how dangerous failing to stop for school buses has become.

Last year, over 54,000 school bus safety citations were issued to drivers who failed to stop for school buses.

The failure by drivers to stop for school buses can result in catastrophic consequences.  There is absolutely no reason to hurry and drive impatiently that is worth the loss of or injury to any of our children.

Please be advised, some of these videos can be difficult to watch.  Parental advisement is recommended.