Text-To-911 Now Available In Maryland

If you’re experiencing an emergency and are unable to place a voice call, you can send a text to 911. Follow these steps to request emergency services:

  1. Enter 911 in the “To” line.
  2. Enter a brief message that includes the location of the emergency and type of service needed – police, fire, or ambulance.
  3. Hit send.
  4. Respond to questions from the responding 911 specialist and follow the instructions he or she provides.

Tips for using text-to-911:

  • If text-to-911 is not available in your area, or if it is temporarily unavailable, you should receive a message from your carrier letting you know to place a phone or relay call.
  • Pictures and/or videos cannot be received by 911 via text
  • If you include another contact on your text it may not be received by 911
  • English is the preferred language for text, however, some limited translation services may be available
  • Text in short, simple messages; Do not use abbreviations or slang
  • Do not text and drive

MCPD Receives 9th CALEA Re-accreditation – Recognized with Meritorious Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Montgomery County Department of Police is pleased to announce that re-accreditation status was granted to the department by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

The Montgomery County Department of Police was granted Meritorious Law Enforcement Accreditation by CALEA.  Meritorious Awards are granted to agencies that have been accredited for 15 or more continuous years.  The department was first accredited in 1993.

On Friday, July 31, 2020, Montgomery County Chief of Police Marcus G. Jones, Accreditation Manager Don Pike, and other representatives from the department appeared before the Commission for review and re-accreditation proceedings during the CALEA Summer 2020 conference.  The appearance was held virtually and covered a February 2020 on-site assessment of the department; a rigorous process that requires the department to comply with nearly 200 specific standards, over a four-year period, that covers all aspects of police service.  CALEA representatives review department policies and procedures relating to administration, operations, training, direction and authority, organization, and critical incidents.  The accreditation process is designed to assure the public that the Montgomery County Department of Police is meeting and exceeding recognized standards for Public Safety.

The Montgomery County Department of Police complied with all required standards and was unanimously granted re-accreditation status for the next four years.  In the assessment report, CALEA assessors noted the “Montgomery County Police Department has a very robust working relationship with all their policing agency partners within Montgomery County” and that this relationship works to solve quality of life issues within Montgomery County.

To achieve accreditation, the Department has participated in document reviews, site visits, and has shown compliance on numerous standards set by the commission.  During the most recent review, the department hosted representatives from CALEA for an on-site visit.  CALEA representatives toured several department facilities to include the Family Justice Center, and interviewed stakeholders from community groups, judiciary, media, faith-based groups, and allied law enforcement agencies.  CALEA representatives held open community meetings to solicit feedback from the public at large.

According to CALEA, “although accreditation does not prevent all negative outcomes, it does set the course for success and provides a tool for review and ongoing measurement against stated objectives…throughout CALEA’s standards manuals, there is a clear commitment to procedural justice, ethical policing, community trust and engagement, transparency in service delivery, appropriate organizational culture, fairness in systems and processes, and consistency in what citizens should expect from law enforcement agency(ies).”

“I am proud of the dedicated staff of over 1,900 men and women that make up the Montgomery County Department of Police and this accreditation affirms its standing as one of the best law enforcement agencies in the Country,” said Chief Marcus Jones.  “Our citizens expect that our agency holds itself to the highest standards.  CALEA Accreditation is considered the gold standard for Public Safety and represents our commitment to excellence.”

More information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) can be found at www.calea.org.

 

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Montgomery County Vehicle Recovery Section Resumes Auctions on July 18, 2020

The Montgomery County Department of Police Vehicle Recovery Section (VRS) hosts a monthly auction to sell abandoned and seized vehicles. The next auction is scheduled for July 18, 2020.

This auction will be restricted to fifty attendees to ensure social distancing during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 

Potential attendees are instructed to register for the event to enhance their chances for admittance. Information is provided below regarding registration instructions. Potential attendees who have registered and present a ticket no later than 8:45 am on the day of the auction will be provided entrance first over any other individuals who have not registered for the event.

Persons who have not registered are encouraged to call VRS or email to inquire regarding if the fifty-participant limit has been met through the registration process. Persons are encouraged to not show up at the event if all registration spaces have been filled.

The VRS phone number is 240-773-6411, dial “0” at the prompts for a representative during business hours of M-F from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The VRS email address is Abandoned.Vehicles@MontgomeryCountyMd.gov.

More information on registering, vehicles available for auction, and COVID-19 instructions can be found on our web site at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/vehicle-auction.html.

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Joint Statement from County-Wide Law Enforcement Leadership on the Death of George Floyd

We, the leaders of the law enforcement community of Montgomery County, are angry and outraged over the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their actions in Mr. Floyd’s tragic, senseless death is an abject failure of policing.  While each of us has issued a statement to our respective communities, we felt compelled to speak to the people of Montgomery County at large with one, unified voice.

We unequivocally condemn the actions of the Minneapolis police officers. Here in Montgomery county, we are aware of the historical relationship and distrust that has existed between the police and many minority residents—especially within the black community.  This must change. Each of us has shared our disgust and outrage over Mr. Floyd’s death within our organizations and have communicated that disparate treatment in any form is unacceptable, it will not be tolerated, and actions based on bias of any kind will receive swift disciplinary action. There is no place for racism in our profession. This is not a high standard; this is the right standard.

When police work is performed correctly—fairly, respectfully, with kindness, empathy, restraint and discretion—it demonstrates the selfless commitment to the service of others that is our shared philosophy and the fundamental purpose of policing.  Collectively, we engage in tens of thousands of contacts every year with members of our communities.  Our officers do an outstanding job in the vast majority of those contacts as evidenced by our resident satisfaction surveys, however, whenever we fail to perform as we should, it reflects poorly on our agencies and our profession, and it risks damaging the trust of our communities which is essential to our ability to function and to be viewed as legitimate.

We are constantly challenged each day to serve the residents of a growing and diverse county.  Building and maintaining the public trust is an ongoing task that we work on daily. Every negative interaction hampers our ability to earn that trust.  We are aware that law enforcement everywhere is under great scrutiny and calls for transparency and greater accountability are voiced by many residents in our community. We realize that we must work toward greater transparency and accountability in order to hold the public trust.

To that end, we hereby commit to the following:

  1. We will work to continually improve training in cultural competency for our officers to enable them to more effectively and positively engage an ever-changing diverse community.
  1. We will remind every member of our teams of their individual and collective responsibility to treat all persons fairly, respectfully, with kindness, empathy, restraint and discretion. This is what we expect of our officers, and this is what our communities expect and deserve.
  1. We will increase our efforts to recruit and hire women and men that reflect the communities we serve and to hire the right people for this critically important work.
  1. We will hold officers and employees accountable for misconduct so that the public trust built from the good work of the vast majority of our dedicated workforce will not be diminished by the misdeeds of the few.

We are listening to you and stand with you in this extremely difficult time. We are all in this together.

Signed,

Marcus G. Jones, Chief – Montgomery County Department of Police

Victor Brito, Chief – Rockville City Police Department

Mark Sroka, Chief – Gaithersburg Police Department

Antonio DeVaul, Chief – Takoma Park Police Department

Darryl W. McSwain, Chief – M-NCPPC Park Police – Montgomery County Division

John Fitzgerald, Chief – Chevy Chase Village Police Department

Darren Popkin, Sheriff – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department

Department Announces Food Drive in Partnership with MCPAW and Manna Food Center

The Montgomery County Department of Police in partnership with MCPAW and the Manna Food Center are announcing an upcoming food drive on Thursday, June 11, from 11am – 6pm.

With the COVID-19 crisis still lingering, many of our community members are in need of food donations for themselves and their pets.  We are asking the public’s assistance to help out fellow members of the community who are experiencing difficult circumstances.  Your food donations can make all the difference!

On Thursday, June 11, from 11am to 6pm, you can drive up to our drop-off tent located at 100 Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg.  You simply pull up, open your trunk or door and a volunteer will retrieve your donations.

An informational flyer with a listing of most needed items can be accessed at the link below:

June 11 Food Drive for the Community

We hope to see you on Thursday, June 11!