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

More information on registering, vehicles available for auction, and COVID-19 instructions can be found on our web site at



MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference – Introduction of the Community Opioid Prevention Education (COPE) Trailer


Press Conference to introduce the Community Opioid Prevention Education (COPE) Trailer.


Monday, February 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm


In front of the Executive Office Building located at 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850


Montgomery County Chief of Police Marcus Jones

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich

Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz

Associate Superintendent Ruschelle Reuben (MCPS)

Director Raymond Crowel (MC-DHHS)



The COPE Trailer will be a part of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Community Engagement Division.  COPE is a partnership with the Opioid Intervention Team (OIT).  That team consists of participants from the Montgomery County Department of Police (MCPD), the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services (MCFRS), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).    The trailer was purchased through a grant with MCPS with additional funding by the Montgomery County Police Foundation.

The inside of the trailer is built to resemble a bedroom and bathroom that you would see in any home in Montgomery County. Throughout the trailer are items displayed that will be considered minor (yellow) and major (red) indicators that the person living in the bedroom has a problem with opioids or other controlled dangerous substances.  As participants tour the trailer, a guide will point out these items and explain what they are, how they are used, and why they are concerning.  We will also have (fake) examples of different types of controlled dangerous substances like heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and marijuana.  At the conclusion of the tour, participants can ask questions.  They will also see brochures of all the programs that the County has to offer for addiction and other drug-related illnesses.

This trailer assists a loved one (parent, spouse, friend or other family member) with the ability to identify “red flags”, “signals”: articles inside a bedroom or bathroom that might be indicators that there is an opioid problem.  The idea is to identify these things before it is too late.  We want to stop the overdose before it happens.

The trailer will begin its tour of the County in February 2020.

Questions?  Contact the Public Information Division at 240-773-5030 #4

Media Advisory: Four-Year-Old Resident to Receive 5th District Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation


5th District Commander Mark Plazinski and 5th District Lieutenant Jae Hwang will present a Germantown boy, accompanied by his mother, with the Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the 4-year-old’s efforts to go find help for his mother when she was in medical distress.  Sergeant Peter Johnson, who nominated the boy for this award, will also be in attendance.


Tuesday, January 14, at 4:30 p.m.


5th District Police Station

20000 Aircraft Drive

Germantown, Maryland 20874


On December 20, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a concerned resident called 911 to report that he had located a small child who was crying and walking unaccompanied on Thunderhead Way in Germantown.  Officers responded and spoke with the child, who was able to state his name and show officers where he lived on Thunderhead Way.  No one was in the child’s residence, so officers began attempting to locate a parent/guardian.  The child made statements that made the officers believe that his mother was experiencing a medical emergency.

Through investigation, officers were able to locate the boy’s mother in a nearby school parking lot; she was found unconscious.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the location and transported the mother to a local hospital for treatment.

Media Advisory: Resident to Receive 4th District Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation for Lifesaving Actions


4th District Lieutenant Gerald McFarland will present a Rockville resident with the Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation for the resident’s lifesaving actions.  The person who received the lifesaving measures will also be in attendance to thank the resident and officers who came to his aid.

On October 3 at approximately 10:15 p.m., a 4th District officer was on patrol and driving his cruiser on Randolph Road near the 4th District police station when he observed a Mero bus stopped in the roadway and the driver of the bus flagging him down.

The driver explained that there was an unconscious male on the bus.  When the officer entered the bus, a passenger was performing CPR on the 24-year-old male.  The officer radioed for additional assistance to include Fire and Rescue personnel. The officer continued CPR and another officer used her automated external defibrillator (AED).  The male was transported to the hospital and has since been released.


Monday, November 11, at noon


4th District Police Station

2300 Randolph Road

Wheaton, Maryland 20902






Update on the Death of Officer Thomas J Bomba

On October 14, 2019, Officer Thomas J. Bomba was found shot on the top level of a parking garage located at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring.  Officer Bomba was transported to the Washington Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Today, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia has ruled Officer Bomba’s death as the result of a self-inflicted injury.

Officer Bomba was wearing his body-worn camera, but it had not been activated.  We continue to evaluate evidence collected at the scene as part of our commitment to completing a thorough and exhaustive investigation.

The outpouring of support from the community has been greatly appreciated during this trying time.

Memorial service details are not available at this time.  More information regarding memorial services for Officer Thomas J. Bomba will be provided when available.