Rockville City Police Department
|Rockville City Police Department|
|Common name||Rockville Police Department|
Patch of the Rockville City Police Department
Flag of Rockville, Maryland
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Legal jurisdiction||Rockville, Maryland, U.S.|
|Headquarters||Rockville, Maryland, U.S.|
|Agency executive||T.N. Treschuk, Chief of Police|
The Rockville City Police Department (RCPD) is an American law enforcement agency responsible for patrolling the city of Rockville, the third largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland. The RCPD patrols the city in cooperation with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD). The agency serves over 65,000 people.
The current (acting) chief of police is Robert Rappoport. The RCPD is divided into three bureaus:
- Field Operations Bureau
- Special Operations Bureau
- Administrative Services Bureau
Falling under the Office of the Chief, the RCPD also has the following sections:
- Public Relations
- Professional Standards (Internal Affairs)
- Inspection Services
- Police Chaplain
2014: Interstate 270 closure
On the morning of March 11, 2014, the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland State Police, RCPD, and Prince George's County Police Department, acting on a tip set up a roadblock on across all 12-lanes on Interstate 270 and walked car to car with pistols, shotguns and semiautomatic rifles drawn. The incident brought hundreds of cars and thousands of motorists on the interstate to a standstill for 45-minutes as dozens of police officers conducted vehicle-to-vehicle searches for suspects alleged to have participated in a bank robbery. A controversy over tactics used by officers has erupted, with reports of officers walking down I-270 between stopped cars with guns drawn, telling people to get back in their vehicles, and demanding commuters pop their trunks without any explanation why. One woman was reportedly shouted at by police with weapons drawn after she'd opened her car door to throw up, having gotten carsick from sitting in traffic for so long. MCPD Chief Manger defended the incident. Don Troop, a bystander who witnessed the incident, told the Washington Post that a group of officers made its way to his car and other cars around him. “They were just walking along saying: "Pop the trunk! Pop the trunk!” Troop said he overheard a man in a truck next to him call out to another motorist: "The police are looking for bank robbers." A short time later, about nine officers approached his car — including state police in tan uniforms, county police in dark uniforms and at least one plainclothes officer. Among their commands to motorists that Troop heard: “Stay in your car.” “Pop the trunk.” “Get your hands on the steering wheel. Get you hands up where we can see them.” Cpl. Aaron Smith, a pilot flying a Prince George's County helicopter dispatched to assist stated “We saw that they were searching traffic and going vehicle to vehicle.” Montgomery County Police spokesman Captain Paul Starks described the incident as a "systematic check of trunks and rear hitches" of detained vehicles. The suspects were eventually apprehended.
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- "QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- Rockville Police Chief Official Website
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- "After I-270 Closure A Question Over Tactics". WTOP 103.5 FM. WTOP News. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
- Morse, Dan (March 11, 2014). "Police Halt Montgomery County Commuters on I-270 to hunt for bank robbery suspects". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company, Inc. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
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- Official website
- Rockville City Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived January 5, 2004)
- Rockville City Police Department at the Wayback Machine (archived May 6, 1999)