MCP Recognizes Interns and Volunteers at Annual Banquet

Yesterday at the 2017 Intern and Volunteer Banquet, the Montgomery County Police Department recognized all of the interns and volunteers that selflessly give their time to the Department.  In 2016, interns and volunteers contributed approximately 30,882 hours to the Department.  Currently there are 72 active interns and 72 active volunteers.

The following interns, volunteers, and supervisor received special awards at the banquet:

Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation

  • Meg Baker

Volunteer of the Year

  • Clare Jacocks

Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Michael Coxen
  • Dr. Abby Morris
  • Bruce Redding
  • Bill Richbourg

Intern of the Year

  • Kevin Siroka

Outstanding Intern Award

  • Michael Chatlin
  • Kathyrn McClaflin

Gloria A. Carter Memorial Award

  • David Fisher

Robert B. Davis Memorial Award

  • Dr. Joel Buzy

Noah A. Leotta Distinguished Service Award

  • Haley Johnson

Supervisor of the Year

  • Ryan Mattsson

5 Years of Service Awards

  • Barkhad Hamud
  • Brianna Morey
  • Pamela Thompson
  • Paul Weiss

10 Years of Service Award

  • Annette Luyegu

20 Years of Service Award

  • Steven Ornstein

25 Years of Service Award

  • Roseann Schneider

For more information about how to volunteer or intern with the Montgomery County Police Department, please visit:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/volunteer/intern.html

Thank you to all of our interns and volunteers for providing such a valuable service.

Montgomery County Police Department interns

Montgomery County Police Department volunteers

 

 

 

 

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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Man Arrested and Charged with Indecent Exposure and Attempted Child Abduction

Jemberu Bekele Geda

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District have charged Jemberu Bekele Geda, age 37, of the 11500 block of Lockwood Drive with indecent exposure for an incident involving a juvenile female, and attempted child abduction of two boys under the age of 10.

On Sunday, April 16 at approximately 6:48 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the area of 11550 Stewart Lane in White Oak for the report of an attempted child abduction that had just occurred.

The investigation revealed that two male victims, 8 and 9-year-old cousins, were playing at a neighborhood playground when the suspect, later identified as Geda, approached them.  After approaching the victims, Geda grabbed them by their wrists and attempted to bring them into his apartment.  The victims told Geda that they did not want to go with him and Geda let go of their wrists.   After being released, the victims fled to their nearby home where they immediately told a parent about the incident.  Responding officers also learned that earlier that day, Geda had exposed himself to a 13-year-old female who also lives in the neighborhood.

Responding officers located Geda at his home where he was positively identified as the same suspect who exposed himself to the female victim and who attempted to abduct the male victims.  Geda was arrested and during an interview told officers that he did not know any of the victims and that he grabbed the male victims because he wanted them to come play in his apartment.

Geda was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of indecent exposure and two counts of attempted child abduction.  Geda was ordered held without bond.

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Detectives Investigate Hate-Based Vandalism in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section are investigating a hate-based vandalism that occurred at a residence in Wheaton.

On Thursday, April 13 at approximately 3:24 p.m., 4th District officers responded to a home in the 2300 block of McMahon Road for the report of a vandalism.  The preliminary investigation by officers revealed that the homeowner left the home in the morning and returned at approximately 3:20 p.m. that afternoon.  Upon returning to the home, the homeowner discovered that a derogatory word had been written in black marker across the front door of the residence.  The victim believes that her race may be the motive for this vandalism.

Anyone with information about this hate-based vandalism is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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43rd Annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards

Today, March 31, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce recognized local public safety personnel for their acts of bravery and heroism at the 43rd Annual Public Safety Awards luncheon.

Congratulations to the following Montgomery County police officers who were honored today for their responses to the following incidents:

  • Northampton Drive Repeat Offender
    • Officer Yves Didier N’Kodia, Honorable Mention
  • Domestic Violence in Germantown
    • Sergeant Manuel Saponara, Honorable Mention
    • Officer Brian Holloway, Honorable Mention
  • Suicide Attempt in Germantown
    • Officer Dale Steffen, Honorable Mention
  • Deadly Shootings at Westfield Montgomery and Aspen Hill shopping centers
    • Officer David Kocevar, Bronze Award
    • Sergeant Brady Clouser, Bronze Award
    • Corporal Jeffrey Rachael, Bronze Award
    • Detective Donnie Oaks, Bronze Award
    • Detective Kenneth Halter, Bronze Award
    • Detective Roger St. Louis, Bronze Award
    • Detective Thomas Tippett, Bronze Award
    • Detective Richard Volpe, Bronze Award
    • Detective Charles Bullock, Bronze Award
    • Detective Dominic Dinisio, Bronze Award
  • Flower Branch Apartments Explosion/Fire
    • Officer Jeffrey Hughes, Silver Award
    • Unit Awards to:
    • Sergeant Troy Brenner
    • Corporal Jason Halko
    • Officer Jarrett King
    • Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick
    • Officer Maxie Weisz
    • Sergeant Douglas Carr
    • Officer Christopher Soriano
    • Officer Christopher Kemble
    • Officer Patrick Keep
    • Officer Heather Haynes
    • Officer Kevin Crowley
    • Sergeant Paul Bandholz
    • Officer Steven Goldberg
    • Officer Brandi Barber
    • Officer Michael Wengloski
    • Officer Michael Damskey
    • Officer Michael Herda
    • Officer Gregory Pagonis
    • Officer Cody Fields
    • Officer Keven Argueta
    • Officer Nathan Bush
    • Officer Jacob Zaika
    • Officer Joshua Swecker

The Montgomery County Police Department is publicly releasing for the first time, body-camera video from the emergency response to the overnight August 10 into August 11 Flower Branch Apartments explosion/fire:

VIDEO: Emergency Response to 2016 Silver Spring Explosion/Fire Including Body-Camera Footage (Edited):

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: Emergency Response to 2016 Silver Spring Explosion/Fire Including Body-Camera Footage (Full Version):


 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the 43rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards program for more detailed information regarding the awards and award recipients.

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