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PGPD Investigating Theft/Vandalism in College Park

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking information on the above pictured suspects in connection to a Theft and Malicious Destruction of Property that occurred in College Park.  The incidents occurred in the area of Harvard Rd. and Rhode Island Ave. along the Trolley Trail on 10/13/2013 at 0337 Hrs. If you have any information pertaining to these individuals contact Det. Davis #2686 of the Prince George’s County Police (Northern Regional Investigative Division) at (301)699-2601. 

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Davis, Northern Regional Investigative Division, on (301) 699-2601. Please refer to case number 13-289-0898.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online.  A CASH REWARD is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of this suspect.


MPO Fields and Sgt. Leonard Honored


Congratulations to MPO David Fields and Sgt. Ken Leonard for their dedication to both Agency and Academy related training.  They were both presented awards by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission at the 13th Annual Instructor’s Conference that was held on Oct. 10 in Sykesville, Maryland.

Sgt. Kenneth Leonard was presented with the Instructor of the Year Award - Academy

MPO David Fields was presented with the Instructor of the Year Award - Non-Academy


DRILL - Great Shakeout / Practice Earthquake Protective Actions

THIS IS A DRILL. Practice earthquake protective actions. DROP to the floor, COVER under a sturdy object, and HOLD ON.

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

•If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On: ?DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
?Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
?HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in the Southeast you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.

•If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.

•If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury.

Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.

Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

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Great Southeast Shakeout

Are You Ready to “ShakeOut”, UMD?

On October 17th at 10:17 a.m., UMD will be participating in The Great SouthEast ShakeOut, an earthquake preparedness drill aimed at educating the UMD Community on what to do in case of an earthquake in our area.

With 38 million people living and working in the South East United States, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards.  With earthquakes an inevitable part of the South East’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.

Great ShakeOut drills worldwide involved over 23 million people through broad-based outreach programs, media partnerships, and public advocacy by partners in each region. The drill is held statewide annually on the third Thursday of October, and is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance (  

The 2013 Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill will be at 10:17 a.m. on October 17.

A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared.  The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes).  ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

The 2013 ShakeOut drill will be the largest preparedness event in U.S. history.

For more information, visit or contact Alisha Childress at 301-405-2670.

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5 UMPD Officers are recognized at the 12th Annual NHTSA DUI Awards

Congratulations to Sgt. Aaron Davis, Master Patrol Officers (MPO) Clay Brown, Jason Eller, Brian Meekins, and Edward Yates for being recognized and receiving awards on 09/29/13 at the 12th Annual National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) DUI Awards.


Sgt. Davis and MPO Eller and Yates received the NHTSA DUI medal. In order to receive this medal, an officer has to have made at least 25 DUI arrests in 2012. MPO C. Brown and Meekins both received meritorious recognition. In order to receive this, an officer has to have made at least 15 DUI arrests in 2012.


Thank you for all of your continuous hard work and dedication in keeping impaired drivers off of our roadways!



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