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TOMORROW – Public Safety Meeting – Discuss Crime Trends with Your Police Officers

Tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm, join City Elected Officials, Police, Department of Public Services staff, and your neighbors from all around the City, for an informative monthly community meeting. This community meeting will discuss City-wide crime statistics, recent incidents of public interest, neighborhood watch tips, and special public safety-related topics.

This meeting will focus on discussing and reviewing current crime trends and prevention. Zoom link: .

PGPD Seeks Residents to Participate at Police Academy Session #48

The Prince George’s County Police Department is looking for residents to participate in its Community Police Academy Session #48, which will run from March 20, 2023 – June 6, 2023, 6:00 – 9:00 PM (Monday Evenings), at 8801 Police Plaza 2nd Floor, Multipurpose Room, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

This training opportunity allows residents to become familiar with the Prince George’s County Police Department and provides exposure to officer-related training such as investigative procedures, citizen/police interaction, crime scene investigations, less lethal weapons, judgment enhancement training, narcotics and much more.

To participate in the training program, participants must be nominated by a law enforcement officer and approved by the Division Commander or Civilian Manager. Nomination forms and instructions may be obtained at any of the eight Division Stations. You may want to reach out to College Park’s Community Police Officer, Erol Lobin, at

The class will not be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, May 29, 2023 – (Memorial Day)
  • Monday, June 19, 2023 – (Juneteenth)

For more information, contact your local police division or Sergeant Erica Johnson at (301) 516-5396 or via e-mail:

Sessions will be held in person unless CDC guidelines dictate otherwise

RSVP Deadline: C.O.B – Friday, March 4, 2023

Police Post Signs About Illegal Fireworks

Ahead of New Year’s Day, the PGPD has posted signs on Rhode Island Avenue reminding residents about illegal fireworks.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the nation saw a large increase in people being hurt and killed by fireworks last year. Many municipalities cancelled July 4th public fireworks displays during the COVID- 19 pandemic, which may have spurred consumers to use fireworks on their own.

“These tragic deaths and injuries are reminders of just how dangerous fireworks can be,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler. “Consumers should enjoy professional fireworks displays from a distance, and be extra vigilant when using consumer-type fireworks.”

A new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds a 50 percent increase in deaths and injuries from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 2019.

At least 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 12 reported for the previous year.
About 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries in 2020. There were about 10,000 ER-treated fireworks injuries in 2019.

Take Survey on new Police Chief and Police Reform Work Group

Prince George’s County is doing a national search for the next Chief of Police. They are seeking input from the community to assist with the recruitment of the next Chief. Your responses to this survey will help identify key characteristics, skills, traits, and issues to consider.

The culture of the department starts at the top, and that is why the hiring process for a new Police Chief is so important. Changes are needed, and here is a way for you to be involved. Take a few minutes to complete the survey from the County Executive about what you would like to see in a new Chief of Police. Take the survey HERE.

All results must be submitted by August 17.

Police Community Meeting, Monday August 10, 2020

Join by Zoom –
Join by phone: 3017158592, Meeting ID: 863 9609 7322 Password: 464259

  • Come Meet with College Park Contract Police Officers and Prince George’s County Community Police Officer
  • Bring your concerns directly to the Police
  • Discuss Crime and Safety in the Neighborhood
  • Meet with other Neighbors

All College Park residents are welcome

Community – Police Meeting – 7:30 PM, Monday, July 13, 2020

Please come meet with College Park Contract Police Officers, Prince George’s County Community Police Officer, and your neighbors at our virtual Community – Police Meeting, at 7:30 PM, Monday, July 13, 2020. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your concerns directly to the Police to discuss Crime and Safety in the Neighborhood. All College Park residents are welcome. Please spread the word!

Join by Zoom –
Join by phone: 3017158592, Meeting ID: 828 5917 0824 Password: 241758

PGPD Chief Resigns over ‘System Racism’ Allegations, Hector Velez Appointed as Interim Chief

Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski resigned on Thursday after 27 years with the department. Chief Stawinski served as Chief of Police since 2016. According to PGPD, during his tenure, he oversaw a continued drop in crime in the county as well as the opening of our new District VIII police station. He resigned after allegations of system racism against the PG Police department.

On Friday, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks appointed Assistant Chief Hector Velez the Interim Chief of Police as the process for selecting a permanent Chief now begins. Interim Chief Velez marks his 26th year with the Prince George’s County Police Department tomorrow. He has served as Assistant Chief since 2016.



Police Community Meeting Update: Thank You

My deepest thanks and appreciation for those who joined last evening’s town hall on community-police relations. Personally, I was moved by the mood and many emotions displayed by the panelists and many participants in the meeting.

My special thanks to CM Mitchell for co-hosting the event, our distinguished panelists, Pastor Wright, and other guests for contributing to the discussion. Also, many thanks to Mayor Wojahn, Mayor-ProTem Dennis, Councilmembers Kennedy, and Mackie for joining and showing your support for the community during this difficult time.

There were many good questions residents asked. Some of them were answered, and many were not because of the limited time we had. We’re going to collect them, have them answered, and post the answers at a later time.

Last night’s discussion is one of the many discussions that we had and will be having in the coming days and weeks. Our faith communities are working to put together a prayer vigil, our City will be also having another forum involving various police departments operating in College Park. Also, our Police-community forum will continue every month, Please look for future announcements.

More importantly, we will continue to work in finding ways to stop abusive practices and improving police-community relations. Please continue to send your ideas on these important topics that you may think most important in College Park and Prince George’s county. Thank you!

In case you missed last night’s forum, you can read more on that here on the Diamondback. Also, here you can watch the recorded video of the meeting.
[Photo credit: The Diamondmback]

Learn More about Extreme Policing Policies at Next Monday’s Community Forum

Extreme policing policies such as chokeholds & strangleholds are in place in many police departments across the country. The same goes for the training the police officers get in each of the police departments. Thankfully, our local police departments have banned some practices that other departments have not in the country.

Please join next Monday’s forum on Community relations to find more about the policies and training of our local police departments. Please bring your questions and let us know what more needs to happen.

As an update, County Councilwoman (District 3) Danielle Glaros will be on the panel along with other distinguished panelists. Please see the updated flyer below and spread the word. Thank you!

When: 7:30pm, Monday, June 15, 2020
Join via the web: Zoom link:
Join by phone: (301) 715-8592, Meeting ID: 835 5646 4312 Password: 393991

For a Stronger Community Policing Program

During the current environment, when the distrust between police and community is at an alarmingly high level, we cannot stress enough about the importance of having a strong community policing program.

In College Park, we should be thankful to live in a community, where our police officers work closely with the residents to make them feel safer and present them as friends first, and law enforcers as last. Personally, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many community meetings with our officers discussing how to bridge the relational gaps between the community members and police officers. Some of these meetings happened at neighbors’ yard, like the one in this picture, our community Liaison officer Corporal Errol Lobin are discussing public safety with the residents. In other cases, our officers walked with the residents on neighborhood streets, knocking doors as part of Walk-and-Talk programs.

Please join next Monday’s forum on Community relations to hear more about how we can improve police-community relations further. Officer Lobin and others will be on the panel to take your questions and comments. Please spread the word.

When: 7:30pm, Monday, June 15, 2020

Join via the web: Zoom link:

Join by phone: (301) 715-8592, Meeting ID: 835 5646 4312 Password: 393991

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