Our highly-visible Park Police patrol unit polices parkland 24 hours a day by car, foot, ATV, or bicycle. Our Special Operations Section Officers are cross-trained in horse-mounted, motorcycle, and marine patrols. The Community Services Section interacts with the community through such programs as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, the Volunteer Program, etc. The Investigative Services Unit provides undercover, intelligence, and recruitment services.
Office of the Chief
Within the Division, the Chief oversees a management staff of over 20 command and supervisory personnel. The command staff is responsible for the supervision of police personnel and the implementation of the operational programs, policies and objectives of the agency. Park Police operate 24-hours per day, seven days per week throughout the park system of Montgomery County. Our jurisdiction covers 496 square miles or 36,000 acres of land that accommodates over 14 million visitors each year. M-NCPPC property includes 418 parks, 235 miles of trails, 282 playgrounds, swimming pools, campgrounds, golf courses, horse stables, soccer stadiums, and stream valleys.
Lt. Shibu Philipose
The Internal Affairs function within the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, strives to protect the public, the agency, and agency employees by maintaining the standards of professional conduct for officers of the Division. Because complaints concerning police practice may disclose problems or deficiencies in policy, procedure, or training, proper investigation of these complaints allows improvement and correction. Equally important as reporting police misconduct is the recognition of a job done well. If you would like to provide us with some feedback on our performance, please send us an
email. All persons filing complaints will receive a letter following the investigation process or the administrative hearing which will indicate the outcome of the process. All commendations received are forwarded to the employee and their supervisor. Also housed in the Internal Affairs Office is the function of firearms training.
Assistant Chief, Operations Branch
Captain Darin Uhrig
The Assistant Chief of the Operations Branch oversees the Investigative Services Section and the Special Operations Section (Mounted, Motor, and Marine). The Investigative Services Section investigates crimes against persons and property, and follows up on reports taken by Patrol personnel as needed. The Special Operations Section (SOS) patrols the regional parks and the hiker and biker trails throughout Montgomery County using horses, motorcycles, and boats. This section also staffs and manages special events with large crowds of people.
Special Operations Section Commander
Lt. Jeffrey Coe
Lt. Jeffrey Coe is the Special Operations Section Commander (SOS). SOS patrols the regional parks and the hiker and biker trails throughout Montgomery County using horses, motorcycles, and boats. This section also staffs and manages special events with large crowds of people. When not participating in special events, SOS officers assist Patrol Services with their normal responsibilities. SOS also focuses on enforcing hunting and game law programs and unusual event planning. Officers assigned to SOS are cross-trained in horse-mounted, motorcycle, and marine patrols. In addition to patrolling park property, Special Operations officers are often called on for control at large events, search and rescue operations, dignitary escorts, and specialize in patrolling park areas with limited access.
Investigative Services Section Commander
Lt. Pat Lau
Lt. Pat Lau is the Commander of the Investigative Services Section. The Investigative Services Section investigates crimes against persons and property, and follows up on reports taken by Patrol personnel as needed. This section also maintains Crime Scene Evidence Collection equipment and manages Vehicle and Asset Forfeitures. The Investigative Services Section is also responsible for recruitment and applicant investigations.
The Community Response Team, supervised by Sergeant Sarah Mikalauskas, also falls under the Investigative Services Section. This team addresses problem park areas, through plainclothes and uniformed patrols.
Assistant Chief, Patrol Branch
Captain Rick Pelicano
Captain Rick Pelicano serves as the Assistant Chief in charge of the Patrol Branch. The Assistant Chief of the Patrol Branch oversees the Patrol Branch including all six patrol squads (day work, evenings, and midnights) and the Canine Unit. The mission of the Patrol Branch is to provide front-line services to our community. Officers assigned to the Patrol Branch are the first to respond to requests for service from members of the community and Commission staff. We understand that police responses are critical to community opinion of the Division and the perception of crime. With that in mind, we attempt to provide the most professional, comprehensive, and service-oriented response possible. Officers are thoroughly trained to provide exceptional service to the community while maintaining personal and community safety. Officers are tasked with quickly assessing on-going situations, protecting life and property and effectively and efficiently taking appropriate actions.
Midnight Shift Commander
Lt. Codi Evans
Lt. Codi Evans is the Commander for the Midnight Shifts. The midnight shifts work from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Lt. Evans is also in charge of the Division’s Canine Program.
The Canine Section, supervised by Sergeant
Brian Paulsen, falls under the Patrol Section (Midnight Shift Patrol Commander).
The Canine Section is responsible for assisting fellow officers with tracks, building searches, area searches, and vehicle scans. The Canine explosive teams are responsible for scanning buildings and/or open areas for explosive devices and can be used as a precautionary measure when events are scheduled.
The Unit is comprised of four K-9 teams: Officer Justin Andrews and Tango (patrol); Officer Dennis Benden and Knight (explosives); Officer Steven Burroughs and Brody (patrol); and Officer Heather McLaughlin and Lucky (explosives).
Day Shift Commander
Lt. Chris Tippery
Lt. Chris Tippery is the Commander for the Day Shifts. The day shift works from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evening Shift Commander
Lt. Charles Smith
Lt. Charles Smith is the Commander for the Evening Shifts. The evening shifts work from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Assistant Chief, Support Branch
Captain George Coleman
Captain George Coleman serves as the Assistant Chief in charge of the Support Branch. The Assistant Chief of the Support Branch oversees the Administrative Section, Communications Section, and Management & Technology Services Sections. The Support Branch is dedicated to providing quality support services to the Division. Our goal is to provide the tools for Division members to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.
Administrative Section Commander
Lt. Nicole Adams
Lt. Adams is the Commander of the Administrative Section. The Administrative Section has the following responsibilities: Volunteers, Rangers, and policy and planning. Lt. Adams is also the Commander for the Community Services Section (see below). Also housed in the Administrative Section is the function of training. The Training Section’s mission is to provide a variety of training to ensure that employees continue developing their skills and are versed in the latest law enforcement trends. Lt. Adams is also the Public Information Officer for the Division.
Management & Technology Section Commander
Lt. Michael Murphy
Lt. Michael Murphy is the Commander of the Management & Technology (M&T) Section. The M&T Section is committed to providing quality support services to the Division. This section consists of technology, communications, evidence/property management, records, information technology, facility management, and fleet management. Mobile data terminals, computer-aided dispatch, and a records management system are all being interfaced to create a total technological package for the officer on the street. These computers allow an officer to conduct database queries, receive calls-for-service information, write reports, and access the agency’s e-mail system. The system has turned the patrol vehicle into a mobile office. The Technology section is always looking for new and innovative ways to make everyone’s job easier and more efficient.
Communications Section Supervisor
Deborah Hagberg is the Supervisor of the Communications Section. The Communications Section is responsible for receiving and dispatching all calls for police service, emergency and non-emergency, within the park system in Montgomery County. The Communications Center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Communication Technicians work with the community and Officers to keep Montgomery County parks safe.
Community Services Section
The Community Services Section coordinates a number of special programs for the Division. The section conducts event analyses of large events in the parks to determine the need for additional security measures. Recommendations can include additional police staffing, changes in location, the type of entertainment allowed, etc. The Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) expert assists in the development, renovation, and construction of park facilities in Montgomery County to ensure a safe recreational environment.
Community Services also coordinates the Division’s volunteer program. There are approximately 43 volunteers who perform a variety of functions during the year. One of the goals of the program is to improve police service by using volunteers to assist in patrolling our parks and developing a spirit of cooperation and partnership with the community.
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