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



Media Advisory: 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp Graduation

The media is invited to attend the special graduation ceremony for the approximately 35 campers (3rd through 5th graders) who have participated in this week’s 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp.
The camp is a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Police, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Linkages to Learning program. The young campers have had opportunities to learn more about the work of police officers, as well as participating in character-building activities, sports, crafts, and field trips.

Friday, June 30, 3:00 p.m.

Maryvale Elementary School                                                                                            1000 First Street, Rockville, MD 20850

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Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight; Choose a Sober Driver

During Cinco de Mayo, there are many celebrations where people choose to drink alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, May 5, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, and Maryland Natural Resources Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Tonight – Friday, May 5 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**




Media Advisory: Officer Reunited with Seven-Year-Old with Autism Whom He Located


The media is invited to the reunion of Officer Jonathan Pruziner and 7-year-old Sahara and her mother, Mary.  Officer Pruziner located Sahara after she went missing from her home. Officer Laurie Reyes of the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit will also be in attendance.


Today, Friday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m.


Montgomery County Police 5th District Station
20000 Aircraft Drive


On Saturday, March 4 at approximately noon, officers were called to a residence in Germantown for the report of a missing seven-year-old with Autism who is non-verbal.  The child, Sahara, whose nickname is “Mookie,” had run out of the home.  The babysitter located Sahara at a local park but when the babysitter called for her, Sahara ran off.

Officers and K9 teams responded to the area and began an extensive search for Sahara.  The Police Department also called for the assistance of a Maryland State Police helicopter.  Officer Pruziner, who had learned in MCP training that those with Autism can have a dangerous attraction to water, walked behind the town homes on Locustdale Drive to a creek that leads to a pond.  At approximately 1:15 p.m., Officer Pruziner located Sahara by the creek.  He requested that Fire and Rescue personnel respond and access Sahara for possible cold exposure (temperatures were in the 30s that day).  She was transported to a local hospital and then to Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., for treatment of hypothermia.

After Sahara was located, Officer Laurie Reyes of the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit reached out to Sahara’s family and caregivers.


Please call the Police Department’s Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.