Police Mentor Area Students During 9th Annual Police Adventure Camp

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Campers, counselors, officers from the 1st District, and special guest former Washington Redskin wide receiver Charlie Brown, at today’s graduation for the 9th Annual Police Adventure Camp

The Montgomery County Police Department’s 9th annual Police Adventure Camp concludes today with a graduation ceremony for its 25 campers. The week-long camp, held at Maryvale Elementary School located at 1000 1st Street in Rockville, is a partnership between the Department, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Linkages to Learning program.

The day-camping experience provided the 3rd- through 5th-grade campers with a unique opportunity to better understand the work of police officers, but also allowed the campers to get to know some of the officers in supportive and mentoring roles. The campers received guidance in conflict resolution, team work and good-decision making. They viewed demonstrations by MCPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers, K-9 teams, and Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division Horse-Mounted Patrol.

Baltimore Blast soccer team member Levi Houapeu, also with the World Class Futbol organization, volunteered his time to run soccer drills and games. Former Redskins wide receiver Charlie Brown shared his life experiences, spoke about “Goals for Success” and conducted football drills. The campers also enjoyed field trips to FedEx Field and the Washington Smithsonian National Zoo.

Police Adventure Camp teaches young people that they can have a positive impact on their community, that their decisions matter, and that police care about them. During the camp, officers and non-sworn staff try to make a positive difference in the life of each child that attends the camp.

The first annual Police Adventure Camp was held at Veirs Mill Elementary School in June of 2008. Since then, the camp program has been honored with a Maryland Governor’s Service Award and a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.

The Police Adventure Camp is a community effort and donations have been crucial to its success. The department would like to thank Giuseppi’s Pizza Plus in Rockville Town Center the Chick-Fil-A in Mid Pike Plaza, the Chipotle in Wintergreen Shopping Center, the McDonald’s at Shady Grove and Crabbs Branch Way, the Subway in College Plaza and the Coughlin Inc. transportation company for their generous donations.

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1st District Commander, Captain Anderson, Deputy Commander, Lt. Dommel, and 1st District Office Service Coordinator, present a Certificate of Graduation to camper Victor Maldonado

1st District Commander Captain Anderson, Deputy Commander Lt. Dommel, and 1st District Office Service Coordinator Tammy Chaney, present a Certificate of Graduation to camper Victor Maldonado

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Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Charlie Brown speaking to the campers at today’s graduation ceremony.

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Media Advisory: Annual Police Adventure Camp Graduation

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The media is invited to attend the graduation ceremony for the 25 campers (3rd through 5th graders) who have participated in this week’s 9th Annual Police Adventure Camp. The camp is a partnership between the Montgomery County Police Department, 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.

WHEN:
Friday, July 15, 3:15 p.m.

WHERE:
Maryvale Elementary School cafeteria, 1000 1st Street, Rockville
(Please use the side building entrance to the cafeteria located to the right of the main building entrance doors.)

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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Representatives of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Monday, August 1, 2016 to begin a voluntary, comprehensive reexamination of the Montgomery County Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief J. Thomas Manger announced today.

CALEA assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Sheriff Howard Niemeier from the Bracken County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Office and Lieutenant Constance White from the Licking County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session scheduled for:

Monday, August 1, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Individuals who would like to provide comments to the assessment team but cannot attend the public information session may call 240-773-5999 on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. This phone line will be in the assessors’ work area and will permit direct contact with CALEA representatives.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available for review by contacting Mr. Don Pike, Accreditation Manager at 240-773-5056.

Anyone wishing to submit written opinions regarding the Montgomery County Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

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After Interruption of County’s 9-1-1 Service, County Residents Provided Alternatives if a 9-1-1 Busy Signal is Received

On Sunday, July 10 just after 11 p.m., the County’s 9-1-1 system experienced an interruption of service which caused community members who called the emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency 301-279-8000 phone lines to receive a busy signal instead of a standard call taker response. The interruption lasted approximately two hours from 11:10 p.m. to 1:09 a.m. During those two hours, alternative plans to receive and dispatch emergency calls were put into operation. Alternative methods to report emergencies were provided to the public through public safety social media and the Alert Montgomery warning system. The County’s 3-1-1 call center was activated early this morning to assist.

Currently, Montgomery County’s 911 and non-emergency 301-279-8000 lines are functioning, but as corrective action is being implemented, there remains a possibility that a caller could receive a busy signal.

In the event of an emergency, any caller who hears a busy signal or is unable to reach a 911 operator, should contact the following:

• Call 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311. Police officers and Fire and Rescue personnel are on duty at the MC311 call center to assist with any emergency calls.

• Or call the closest local fire station or police district station.

Public Safety officials urge all residents and business owners to determine now which Fire and Rescue Station and Police District station are closest in the event of an emergency.

Police Stations:
1st District Rockville Station      240-773-6070
2nd District Bethesda Station    240-773-6700
3rd District Silver Spring            240-773-6800
4th District Wheaton                  240-773-5500
5th District Germantown            240-773-6200
6th District Gaithersburg            240-773-5700

Anyone uncertain as to which police district serves a particular community should see: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/districts/whatsmydistrict.html

Phone numbers for Fire Station Locations are available at:
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcfrs/connect/phone.html

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Detectives Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Credit Card Theft Suspect; Residents Reminded to Keep Wallets and Purses Close While Shopping

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Detectives from the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating three cases of credit card theft that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  The first two thefts occurred on February 19 and March 19 at the Whole Foods Market located at 316 Kentlands Boulevard and the most recent theft on April 24 occurred at a nearby Safeway grocery store located at 12251 Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg.

The investigation by detectives revealed that during each theft, the victim’s wallet was stolen from her purse when the purse was left unattended (most likely in a shopping cart).   The victims’ credit cards were used fraudulently in various stores to include the Target in Germantown.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the male suspect who was captured on store surveillance where he fraudulently used the victim’s stolen credit cards.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5745 or call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents to keep safe while shopping by following these tips:

  • Carry a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Carry your closed purse as close to your body as possible.
  • Do not become distracted by your shopping.  Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park in well-lighted parking lots and park as close to the mall or store as possible.
  • Lock your car doors and keep packages hidden in the trunk or under the seats of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you – pay with checks or credit cards when possible.
  • Try to avoid carrying a large number of bags. Make trips back to your vehicle to store packages in the trunk as you continue to shop.

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Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on March 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on March 19