Yesterday, the City issued the following statement about the sentencing of PGPD Officer Corporal Jennifer Simms. Cpl. Simms worked as a part-time contract police officer in College Park.
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, former Prince George’s County police officer Jennifer Simms was sentenced to six months imprisonment, five years’ probation and a restitution of $75,000 to the City of College Park. The State of Maryland alleges that Simms stole $130,000 from the City by falsifying records and time cards while she was working as a City contract police officer between 2012 and 2014. Simms entered into an Alford plea, which means she did not accept guilt but acknowledges that the State had enough evidence to win a conviction. She begins her sentence on Friday, April 27, 2018.
“Residents trust that when a police officer says that they are out patrolling and keeping our community and streets safe that they really are. When that officer violates the trust that is bestowed upon them by those they are sworn to protect, everyone suffers. The City is satisfied with the outcome of the sentencing” said Scott Somers, City Manager.
The City thanks the State’s Attorney’s office, the Prince George’s County Department of Police Internal Affairs Division, and the City’s Code Enforcement Division for their dedication and hard work with this case.