Thursday, October 18, 2012
The award was among $6.3 million given to Maryland's state and local governments by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prince George's County has been awarded $432,311 in federal funding earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice grant is one in a $6.3 million bundle given to the state, county, and local governments of Maryland. The county's share will be used on crime prevention, community corrections, and technological improvements in four of its five public safety agencies. At the community level, Laurel was awarded $11,933 for electronic control devices and associated equipment for officers; Hyattsville, $11,143 for equipment and accessories; and Greenbelt, $15,442 for ruggedized mobile data computers. The grant funding is based on a …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The route will begin and end at Town Center Market.
Riverdale Park Police Chief David Morris, RPPD commanders, elected officials, and code enforcement staff are set to hold a Ward 2 public safety community walk this Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:00 a.m. The walk will begin at Town Center Market and proceed through Ward 2 at a casual pace before circling back to the market around 12 p.m. Mayor Vernon Archer and Ward 2 Councilmember Alan Thompson will be in attendance. All are welcome to attend. Drop by the market early to have coffee and a doughnut. Town officials led two similar community walks earlier this summer. For more information, contact the Riverdale Park Police Department at 301-927-4343.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A Johns Hopkins analysis finds that Riverdale Park Police may need 11 new sworn personnel and 6 more civilian employees.
The anticipated population burst from the Cafritz project could require Riverdale Park to hire 17 new public safety employees, according to an assessment from Johns Hopkins University. The study, presented at Monday night's council worksession, looked at how the 3,000-odd residents expected to accompany the 36-acre mixed-use development would affect police staffing levels. Currently, the RPPD serves a population of about 6,956. When the site is fully built out, Riverdale Park could expect to see a 29 percent increase in crimes and 43 percent increase in service calls, researchers concluded. Administrative duties, code enforcement tasks, paperwork, and communications traffic are also expected to balloon. To meet that demand, the study found…
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Police say shots rang out after a fight outside the McDonald's on Baltimore Avenue.
Updated, 8:50 p.m. Aug. 4: Two men are under arrest after Prince George’s County police say shots were fired as police tried to break up a fight early Saturday morning in a McDonald’s parking lot near the University of Maryland, College Park. Melvyn Douglass Watson, Jr., 18, of the 6100 block of Greenbelt Road, in Greenbelt, and Dikimbe Rasheed David-Brandon, 20, of the 5500 block of Volta Avenue, in Bladensburg will be charged with possession of a handgun and reckless endangerment, county police said in a news release. Police responded to a report of a fight in the 8200 block of Baltimore Avenue about 12:50 a.m., according to the release. Officers found about 200 people in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 8301 Baltimore Ave., the …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Police said the suspect was shot and transported to a local hospital.
Prince George's County police are investigating a shooting that started in the 4700 block of Lakeland Road in College Park Thursday night and ended in a massive police convergence at the McDonald's at 8301 Baltimore Avenue. Police responded to a call of an armed subject on Lakeland Road around 10:30 p.m., PGPD Spokesman Cpl. Clinton Copeland told Patch. Police approached the suspect; a struggle ensued between the officers and the suspect and shots were fired. Although Copeland said it was too early to confirm the details, the suspect eluded police custody, a chase began and everyone ended up a few blocks away at McDonald's near the University of Maryland campus. "The campus was never on lockdown," Copeland reported, contradicting reports …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Almost two-thirds of annual fireworks-related injuries happen in the 30 days centered on the 4th of July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fireworks are a traditional part of 4th of July festivities—but can also be dangerous. Area firefighters have warned of the dangers of consumer fireworks and in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, consumer fireworks are illegal. A recently released study from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that last year, 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. occurred in the 30-day period centered on the 4th of July. About 46 percent of those injuries involved the hands, and 34 percent affected the head, face or eyes, the agency reported. Injuries to the eyes are particularly serious. According to Dr. Michael P. Grant, director of Oculoplastic Surgery and of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at Johns Hopkins…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
A Montgomery County resident was killed in the severe storm, authorities say.
A 71-year-old Montgomery County woman was found dead Saturday, the apparent victim of a tree that fell through the roof of her house and onto her bed during a severe storm. Montgomery County Police were investigating the discovery by Fire and Rescue workers who responded to a call for a tree downed on a home in Silver Spring. Rescue workers had to force themselves into a locked home on the 10000 block of Grant Avenue. Once inside, they discovered the woman's body, unresponsive, in a bedroom on the second floor of the house, according to police. Authorities said she was apparently killed by a large Maple tree falling through the roof of the building and onto her bed sometime during the night. Police will release more information on the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Saturday's walk began at the Town Center Market and wrapped up at Calvert House Inn.
Submitted by the Riverdale Park Police Department: The Riverdale Park Police Department hosted a Public Safety Community Walk on Saturday, June 9 in Ward One. In attendance were elected officials, Chief David Morris, police commanders, code enforcement, fire department personnel, and town residents. Residents had the opportunity to discuss issues one on one with their elected officials and Chief Morris. The walk began at the Town Center Market and included areas of: 44th Avenue, 44th Place, 46th Avenue, 47th Avenue, Cleveland Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Madison Street, Oliver Street, Queensbury Road, Rhode Island Avenue, and Sheridan and Tuckerman Streets. The event concluded at the Calvert House Inn for lunch. Saturday’s Public Safety …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Riverdale Park police and officials will lead residents on a route starting in Ward One and ending at the Calvert House Inn.
Riverdale Park Police Chief David Morris, commanders, elected officials, and code enforcement staff are set to hold a Public Safety Community Walk around town this Saturday June 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Below are the details and itinerary provided by the RPPD: Location: The Public Safety Community Walk will begin at the Town Center Market, 4705 Queensbury Rd. We will tour the Ward One area and complete our walk at the Calvert House Inn (6211 Baltimore Ave.). Calvert House will have a special happy hour luncheon for the community walk participants. Purpose: This is a great opportunity to interact with your elected officials, police commanders, and neighbors. Precautionary Safety Measures: Walking Route
Friday, June 1, 2012
Residents are encouraged to participate in the June 9 event.
From the Riverdale Park Police Department: Join Chief David Morris, elected officials, police commanders, and code enforcement for a Public Safety Community Walk on June 9, 2012. Everyone is welcome. The Public Safety Community Walk will begin promptly at 10:30 am at the Town Center Market, 4705 Queensbury Road. We will tour the Ward One area and complete our walk at the Calvert House Inn, 6211 Baltimore Avenue. This is a great opportunity to interact with your elected officials, police commanders, and neighbors. Hope to see you then!