Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Police Department’s annual National Night Out has been cancelled for 2020.
National Night Out is traditionally held the first Tuesday of August and is a national community-building campaign that encourages police-neighborhood relationships. Neighborhoods and the Department organize events that help residents and officers get to know one another better, build community spirit, and demonstrate a community’s commitment to keeping their neighborhood free from crime.
This year, due to the pandemic, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), which sponsors National Night Out, encouraged police departments to postpone events until October. For the continued well-being of Montgomery County residents, Chief Jones has made the difficult decision to cancel National Night Out for 2020.
The Department looks forward to the future when we can all safely come together again!
Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Second District have charged Daniel Chauncey Parker, age 28, of Denfield Avenue in Kensington, with charges related to Parker taking upskirt photographs and video of a 43-year-old female that occurred while the victim was inside a convenience store located in Kensington.
On Monday, August 17 at approximately 5:54 p.m., 2nd District officers responded to a convenience store located in the 10500 block of Connecticut Avenue for the report of a suspect who had taken upskirt photographs and video up a women’s skirt while she waited in line inside the store.
The investigation by officers determined that the victim and a family member were inside the convenience store and standing in line when the victim’s family member made her aware that the suspect, who was standing behind them, was using his cell phone to record under the victim’s skirt. The victim confronted the suspect and then called the police. Officers responded to the store and spoke with the suspect, now identified as Parker. Parker made statements to officers acknowledging that he had used his cell phone to record up the victim’s skirt.
On August 28, officers obtained an arrest warrant for Parker charging him with one count of conducting visual surveillance of a private area without the victim’s consent. Parker was arrested on the strength of the warrant and transported to the Central Processing Unit. He was released after posting a $2,000 bond.
This investigation is ongoing. Officers are concerned there may be additional victims of Parker and are asking anyone who may have had any suspicious interactions with Parker to call 2nd District officers at 240-773-6700.
25th Annual Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards
Today, August 28, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce virtually recognized 5th District (Germantown) and 6th District (Gaithersburg) officers for their acts of bravery and heroism at the 25th Annual Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards. The virtual award video is included below.
Congratulations to the following Montgomery County police officers who were honored today:
Medal of Valor (video time code 26:50):
6th District Officer Christopher Mumper
6th District Officer Vince Romano
Citation for Bravery (video time code 35:37):
5th District Officer Janelle Berry
5th District Officer Michael Riley
5th District Officer Dale Steffen
Distinguished Service Citation:
5th District Detective Joshua Locke (video time code 32:23)
5th District Officer Michael F. Murphy (video time code 29:32)
Meritorious Service Citation (video time code 23:44):
6th District Officer Michelle Barger
For more information about the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and the 25th Annual Public Safety Awards, please visit: https://www.ggchamber.org/
Prescription drug disposal boxes are now located in all six Montgomery County Department of Police district station lobbies for residents’ use. Residents can bring their expired, unwanted, or unused prescription medications to a district station and dispose of these medications safely, conveniently, and responsibly.
Not Accepted items:
Lotions or Liquids
These boxes are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.
**Please wear a mask when entering the police station and practice social distancing. Thank you!