Prince George's County Police Department
|Prince George's County Police Department|
|Common name||P.G. County Police Department|
|Patch of the Prince George's County Police Department|
|Logo of the Prince George's County Police Department|
|Badge of the Prince George's County Police Department|
|Flag of Prince George's County, Maryland|
|Employees||2,300 Approx as of 2010|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||County of Prince George's in the state of Maryland, U.S.|
|Map of Prince George's County Police Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||498 square miles (1,290 km2)|
|Headquarters||Palmer Park, Maryland|
|Police Officers||2,000 Approx as of 2010|
|Civilians||300 Approx as of 2010|
|Agency executive||Mark Magaw, Chief Of Police|
|Headquarters||7600 Barlowe Road, Palmer Park, Maryland 20785
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD) is the primary law enforcement agency in Prince George's County, Maryland in the United States, servicing a population of over 850,000 residents and visitors within 498 square miles (1,290 km²) of jurisdiction.
The Prince George's County Police Department was created on June 1, 1931 in response to the increasing population and crime the county was experiencing. Prior to 1931, the county was primarily policed by the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office. When serious crimes, such as murder or rape, were committed, detectives from the Baltimore City Police Department were borrowed.
Excessive force incidents
- In July 1999, the department was subject to a complaint by the United States Justice Department regarding alleged excessive use of force by police canine units.
- In January 2004, the department signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States Justice Department over allegations of excessive force. This resulted in the establishment of an independent monitoring group by Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), a defense contractor.
- On July 29, 2008, police executed a search warrant on the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo during which two Labrador retrievers owned by the mayor were shot by sheriff deputies, agents of the State of Maryland. They were there to conduct a search for drugs. The raid was conducted by county police narcotics officers and a sheriff's office SWAT Team. The incident occurred after Calvo carried in a package that was addressed to his wife which contained a large amount of marijuana. The mayor's mother-in-law had told the deliverymen, who were actually undercover police officers, to leave the package outside of his house. When Calvo arrived home that night, he brought the package inside. Calvo claimed he knew nothing of the narcotics being delivered to his home and hinted that he was "set up".
- On October 23, 2008, the county and three individually named police officers were found not liable for use of excessive force by a jury after deliberating for twenty minutes. The claim involved injuries sustained by a University of Maryland student who was involved in a riot following a victory over Duke University in basketball in 2005. The student was struck near the eye allegedly by a projectile fired from a FN 303 less-than-lethal riot gun.
John J. McKenna and Benjamin Donat incident
On March 3, 2010, three Prince George's County Police officers were witnessed and videotaped assaulting a Maryland college student following an NCAA basketball game against Duke in College Park. The assault was documented by an eyewitness with a video camera and has been widely disseminated by the national news media. In prior years, after rival victories, large crowds formed along Route 1 at the University of Maryland. This crowd burned furniture, destroyed vehicles, and damaged then looted several local businesses. The media, residents, and community leaders were highly critical of the police presence and actions during those years.
Officer Sean McAleavey filed charging documents following the incident which he made no mention of the alleged assault, and indicated that two students had assaulted police on horseback who were controlling the throngs of students near the College Park campus after the game. McAleavey charged John McKenna with second-degree assault of Officer John Ardozini and disorderly conduct.
Another student, Benjamin Donat, was also allegedly assaulted, sustained a concussion, cuts, and other injuries. Officer McAlevey charged Donat with assault of officer Glenn Jones and disorderly conduct.
The Campus Police officer turned off the campus security camera that covered the incident and claimed it was a malfunction. Incidently she was married to one of the officers that was involved in the incident.
In both cases, the charges were dropped immediately by prosecutors, and the officers were suspended.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland state's attorney's office in Prince George's County investigated police conduct regarding the incident and planned to present to case to a grand jury. Some of the officers in the video had come forward, but others had to be identified as part of a Prince George's County Police Department internal affairs investigation.
Nearly thirty Maryland students were arrested following the game, but the Prince George County State's Attorney's Office decided not to press charges.
- On October 9, 2010, an instructor at the Prince George's Police Academy, was transferred out of the academy. Reportedly, had recorded all his students with perfect scores on tests, even though students' actual scores varied, and at least some students had failed those exams. There was evidence that shared exam questions with students in advance, allowing several classes of recruits to graduate after cheating on their exam.
- According to press reports, on 3 February 2012, Corporal Donald Taylor beat a Ryan Dorm with the butt of his service weapon. The pistol fired from the impact with Dorm's face. Corporal Taylor then filed a report falsely claiming Dorm had somehow attacked him. A surveillance video at the Brentwood, Maryland gas station showed this to be false and in September Taylor was charged with nonspecific crimes. Dorm, who had been arrested on various charges had all charges against dropped after being jailed for four months.
- In May 2012, press reports indicated that Officer Daniel Gonzalez was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after crashing his official car.
- In July 2012, Corporal Rickey Adey was indicted by a grand jury on charges for assaulting a teenaged boy during an arrest.
The current Chief of Police is Mark Magaw. The previous Chief of Police, Roberto L. Hylton, was relieved of command on December 6, 2010 by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.
As of 2010, the agency has an authorized strength of 2,000 sworn officers and 300 civilians.
The agency is divided into six districts. Each district is divided into sectors, which are divided into individual beats:
- District I (Hyattsville: Adam and Baker sector),
- District II (Bowie: David and Edward sector),
- District III (Palmer Park: George and Henry sector),
- District IV (Oxon Hill: John and King sector),
- District V (Clinton: Frank sector), and
- District VI (Beltsville: Charlie sector).
- Bureau of Administration
- Bureau of Patrol
- Bureau of Investigation
- Bureau of Forensic Science and Intelligence
- Emergency Services Team (EST or SWAT)
- Canine Unit (K-9)
- Conflict Negotiator Unit
- Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit (CARU)
- Motor Unit
- Aviation Unit
- Marine Unit
- Detective Unit
- Internal Affairs Unit
- Recruitment and Selection Unit
- Training Unit
- Bicycle Patrol
- Honor Guard
- On June 26, 1978, Officer Albert Marshal Claggett IV and Officer James Swart were shot and killed with Claggett's revolver by Terrence Johnson, a 15-year-old theft suspect, while in the booking area of the Hyattsville District Station. Johnson was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Officer Claggett and not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of Officer Swart. Johnson was sentenced to 25 years in prison; he was paroled in 1995. In 1997, Johnson and his brother robbed a bank in Aberdeen, Maryland. As police officers approached to arrest him, Johnson committed suicide.
- On February 8, 1982, Officer Raymond Hubbard was shot and killed when he intervened in an armed robbery while off duty at Iverson Mall. While shopping at the mall Officer Hubbard observed an armed robbery in progress at a jewelry store. He drew his weapon and confronted the suspects. Unbeknownst to Officer Hubbard, there were accomplices nearby who opened fire on him.Officer Hubbard was struck several times and fell to the ground. The suspects then stood over him and shot him several more times before stealing his service revolver.All four suspects were eventually apprehended and convicted of Officer Hubbard's murder. Three were sentenced to life and one was sentenced to 70 years in prison.Officer Hubbard had served with the Prince George's County Police Department for 2 years.
- On June 27, 2008, Corporal Richard S. Findley was killed by Ronnie L. White, who was driving a stolen pickup truck. White struck Corporal Findley with the truck as he attempted to elude police and avoid being arrested in Laurel. White appeared to be in good physical condition when he was arrested but died of asphyxiation while in the custody of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections. The death was ruled a homicide. The Prince George's County Police investigated the crime; suspects included several guards. A cell video camera, which would have recorded the incident was either disabled or obstructed. There were no arrests.
- On March 9, 2010, Private First Class Tom Jensen succumbed at Prince George's Hospital Center after a vehicular crash. He was responding to a man breaking into a woman's apartment on 27 February 2010. Due to his 5-plus years of service to the citizens of Prince George's County, he was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal.
- On August 20, 2012, Adrian Morris died as a result of an automobile accident on the Washington, D.C. Capital Beltway, near Route 212. Officer Michael Risher was also was injured but was expected to survive, according to the police department. Morris, who was driving the police cruiser, was attempting to catch-up to another vehicle while investigating a reported crime. The police cruiser apparently veered off the highway and into a ravine. Morris, who was thrown from the vehicle, suffered severe head injuries. He was pronounced dead at Prince George's Hospital. Morris, 23, was a former member of the Prince George’s Police Explorers.
A Chevrolet Impala of the Prince George's County Police in 2006.
A Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor of the Prince George's County Police in February 2007.
- Prince George's County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
- "History of the Prince George's County Police Department". Retrieved August 24, 2006.
- "Prince George's sergeant in beating video is suspended". The Washington Post. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- Noble, Andrea (April 13, 2010). "FBI to investigate student beatings at UM". Gazette (Post-Newsweek Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/13/AR2010041302189.html?waporef=obinsite
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- "New charges in post-game violence at UMd.". WTOP. May 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- Zapotosky, Matt (October 10, 2010). "Pr. George's police shift instructor in scandal". Washington Post. p. C4.
- Video of Donald Taylor police-involved shooting by Brad Bell, WJLA.com, 4 September 2012
- [www.myfoxdc.com/story/18567228/2012/05/20/pg-police-officer-crashes-cruiser-charged-with-dui#ixzz22PLhVCQCPG Officer crashes Cruise, Charged with DUI], by the Associated Press, 20 May 2012
- Prince George's Officer Indicted for Assaulting Teen, by Ben Giles, Washington Examiner, 27 July 2012
- "A Puzzling Homicide". The Washington Post. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- Official website
- Prince George's County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived January 5, 1997)
- Prince George's County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived December 5, 2000)
- Prince George's County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived March 31, 2001)
- Prince George's County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived April 5, 2002)
- Prince George's County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived December 25, 2002)
- Prince George's County Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived August 19, 2006)