Monday, April 1, 2013
Montgomery County Police training exercise begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday
As part of a training exercise, Montgomery County Police will stage an active shooter scenario at Julius West Middle School on Tuesday morning. The exercise is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Police made the announcement Monday night on its official blog.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
District station serving Rockville is colocated with police headquarters in Gaithersburg.
Montgomery County’s police began operating under new, realigned district boundaries starting Monday. Second District police now cover most of Potomac, while the 1st District continues to focus on Rockville and areas closer to the new district station at the Public Safety Headquarters. The changes will improve service to residents, giving districts a more balanced work load, according to a Montgomery County Police Department statement. Last month, police co-located the 1st District station with Montgomery County Police Department headquarters in Gaithersburg. The 1st District station moved about six miles northwest of its previous location on Seven Locks Road in Rockville. Its co-location with the headquarters creates a cutout in a corner …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Join county leaders to discuss 'what's realistic, what's not' in terms of student security in the wake of school shootings in other areas.
County residents are invited to participate in a panel discussion surrounding Montgomery County Public Schools safety and security on Wednesday at a community action forum. Organized by the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, Wednesday’s community forum will focus on community discussion of the county’s emergency preparedness and security. Since the December shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, county parents and leaders have spoken out about school safety concerns in Montgomery County. Ranking representatives from across Montgomery County government will answer questions, including Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, MCPS Deputy Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Police say the suspects were foiled by an inability to drive 'stick.'
Two men have been arrested in connection with a Sunday night armed carjacking in Rockville's College Gardens neighborhood. Jose Maria Deduque, 20, of the 8500 block of Victory Lane in Potomac, and Kwajo Oteng-Agipong, 21, of Washington, DC, have been charged with armed carjacking, conspiracy to commit armed carjacking and motor vehicle theft after police say they threatened a food delivery worker and attempted to steal his car. A food delivery driver and his passenger were making a delivery stop in the 1600 block of Yale Place in Rockville around 8:50 p.m. Sunday, according to a Montgomery County police report. As the driver returned to his vehicle, two suspects demanded the car at gunpoint, police said. One of the victims fled as the …
Friday, January 4, 2013
A school safety meeting is scheduled for Jan. 16.
How much security is the right amount of security for Montgomery County’s public school students? Following the shock of December’s tragic shootings in Newtown, CT, parents and family members of students at Bradley Hills Elementary in Bethesda have written to county leaders asking for security improvements at the elementary school’s temporary location, according to a Wednesday Gazette report. Students and teachers at Bradley Hills currently are housed at the Radnor Center, while the school undergoes modernization, scheduled for completion in August. “Our school has no security system in place and our front door remains unlocked throughout the school day with no mechanism for screening visitors,” parents wrote, according to the report. …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The opportunity for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles increase during the holidays, police say.
As holidays approach, Montgomery County police warn residents to be extra vigilant for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles. According to a police statement, the opportunity for these incidents increase during the holidays. In addition to the police department’s yearly “Shop with a Cop” campaign, Montgomery County police have released the following safety tips: When shopping: When out walking: At home:
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Angela A. Cobbold, 27, is a "completely rational, reasonable person" while taking medication, her brother-in-law said in court.
The woman charged in a two-state car chase and traffic melee involving gunfire outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda has been deemed competent to stand trial, but the case may nonetheless hinge on whether she was "not criminally responsible" for her actions because of her mental state, according to statements made in court. A Montgomery County District Court judge set bail at $50,000 on Wednesday for Angela A. Cobbold, 27, who is charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment after police say she attempted to run down a Navy security officer with her car outside Walter Reed Bethesda Oct. 23. Cobbold's bail hearing appearance was via closed-circuit TV from Montgomery County Correctional facilty where …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
MCPD will be on hand to answer questions about the future 1st District station move from Rockville to Gaithersburg.
Montgomery County police from the 1st District today will host a community forum answering questions about the station’s move to the new Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg. First District officers covering the Rockville and Potomac areas will be on hand from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ivymount School in Potomac for a panel discussion about the move, which will join the 1st District station with the larger Montgomery County Police Department headquarters in Gaithersburg. The 1st District is located on Seven Locks Road in Rockville, and was scheduled to move to the Gaithersburg location this summer. The move has been pushed to early 2013, according to 1st District Commander James Fenner. In addition to the 1st District Station, the $…
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.
Montgomery County has been awarded $159,701 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 to install a system that can deliver video intelligence wirelessly to commanders and operational personnel in an emergency and to develop the capability to share that data with other law enforcement agencies. The grant funding is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics. Money from the program is used to pay for law enforcement, prosecutions, education, drug …