Hector Velez

After serving only 9 months as the District 1 Police Chief, Mr. Liberati is leaving his post.

Capt. Hector Velez, a 16-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department will assume the rolw of District 1 Commander role.

Earlier, Mr. Velez was assigned to the District 1 substation, which includes Hyattsville, Langley Park and surrounding areas, for two years before he was transferred to Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton’s office in April to serve as the chief’s executive officer.

Mr. Velez has agreed to come to NCPCA’s March 2011 meeting (on March 10) and speak to North College Park residents.

Mr. Leberati was at NCPCA’s last October meeting and answered residents’ questions.

Capt. Velez, 44, who joined the county police force in 1994, focused proactively on quality-of-life issues, including overcrowding, drinking and urinating in public, gangs and crime. He emphasized the value of having police and the community work together to solve problems and has led Citizens Advisory Committee meetings in his district.

On Mr. Velez’s new role, the outgoing Police Chief Maj. Liberati said : “”A lot of the community around here … is very Hispanic,” Liberati said. “Velez will provide a dimension that I cannot.”