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Park Police Policies

Integrity and respect are essential to the foundation of this agency. Officers commit to staying honest in thought and deed in both their personal and official lives. We honor the badge and the profession by never allowing our decisions to be affected by personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships. Community drives everything that we strive for. Through open, timely and effective communication, a clear understanding of direction is established.

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.

We also work with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to promote a harmonious, peaceful, and cooperative relationship between The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and its police employees. The FOP Bargaining Unit Agreement outlines an equitable and peaceful procedure for the resolution of differences; the parties’ agreement with respect to wages and hours; and other terms and conditions of employment.

Maryland-National Captial Park and Planning Commission: Rules and Regulations

The following chapters contain the official policies and procedures of the agency which our personnel must abide by:

 

CHAPTER I – Mission and Policy
Purpose of M-NCPPC Park Police/Oath of Office
Mission and Policy Statement
Division Goals and Objectives ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 100.0

CHAPTER II – Division Organization
Division Organization and Personnel Duties ………………………………………………………………………… 200.0
Crime Analysis…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 200.1
Court Procedures ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 200.2
Crime Prevention and Community Relations ………………………………………………………………………… 200.3
Media Relations ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 200.4
Personnel & Organization Definitions ………………………………………………………………………………….. 201.0
Divisional Written Communications System ………………………………………………………………………….202.0
General Conduct ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 203.0
Protocol ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 205.0

CHAPTER III – – Disciplinary Procedures
Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights ……………………………………………………………………………… 300.0

CHAPTER IV – Operational Procedures
Use of Force ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 400.0
Firearms …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 400.1
Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Spray ……………………………………………………………………………………… 400.2
Baton ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 400.3
Electronic Control Devices …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 400.4
Patrol Rifle ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 400.5
Constitutional Rights …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 402.0
Criminal History Record Information ………………………………………………………………………………….. 403.0
Unusual Occurrences …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 404.0
Evacuation ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 404.1
Hostage, Barricade and Active Shooter Incidents ……………………………………………………………………404.2
Notification of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies ………………………………………………………………. 404.3
Special Events Response Team ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 404.4
Missing/Abandoned Persons ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 405.0
Notifications ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 406.0
Warrant Service ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 407.0
Diplomatic Immunity …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 410.0
Dealing with Foreign Nationals …………………………………………………………………………………………… 411.0
Armed Forces Personnel …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 412.0
Individuals with Mental Illness ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 414.0
Driving Under the Influence ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 416.0
Alcohol Countermeasures …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 416.1
Opioid Response ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 417.0
Emergency Operations of Police Vehicles …………………………………………………………………………….. 418.0
Pursuit ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 420.0
Unsecured Installations ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 426.0
Traffic Collision Investigation …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 428.0
Towing of Motor Vehicles/Marine Vessels …………………………………………………………………………… 430.0

Seizure of Conveyances ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 432.0
Seizure of CDS Related Monies …………………………………………………………………………………………… 432.1
Drug Enforcement Fund …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 432.2
Victim/Witness Assistance Programs ………………………………………………………………………………….. 436.0
HIV Testing of Offenders …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 439.0
Recognition of Plain Clothes Personnel …………………………………………………………………………………440.0
Field Interviews & Search and Seizure …………………………………………………………………………………. 442.0
Hate/Violence Incident Procedures …………………………………………………………………………………….. 446.0
Traffic Direction and Control ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 448.0
Traffic and Parking Violations …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 450.0
Traffic Stop Procedures ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 450.1
Bias Based Traffic Stops …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 450.2
Radar and Laser Equipment Use ………………………………………………………………………………………… 453.0
Traffic Ancillary Services …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 454.0
Road Closures …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 456.0
Domestic Violence ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 458.0
Bomb Threats/Explosive Devices ………………………………………………………………………………………. 460.0
Police Actions in Listed Municipalities …………………………………………………………………………………462.0
Extra Jurisdictional Authority ………………………………………………………………………………………………464.0
Event Planning ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 466.0
Event/V.I.P. Planning ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 466.1
Police Actions Off Park Property in Montgomery County ………………………………………………………. 468.0
Bicycle Patrol ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 470.0
Canine Operations ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 472.0
Criminal Citation Issuance …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 476.0

CHAPTER V – Special Operations
Special Operations ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 500.0
Riding of Division Horses by Off-Duty Officer and Civilians …………………………………………………. 501.0

CHAPTER VI – Investigative Procedures
Investigative Services ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 600.0
Collection and Preservation of Evidence ………………………………………………………………………………. 602.0
Deadly Force/In-Custody Death Investigations …………………………………………………………………….. 603.0
Use of Surveillance Equipment …………………………………………………………………………………………… 604.0
Organized Crime, Gang and Vice Investigations ……………………………………………………………………. 605.0
Extraditions ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 606.0
Decoy Team Operations …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 608.0

CHAPTER VII – Administrative Procedures
Training ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 700.0
Requests for Training …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 700.1
Training Committee …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 700.2
Field Training and Evaluation …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 700.3
Performance Evaluations/Early Warning System …………………………………………………………………. 701.0
Compensation and Leave ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 702.0
Grievance Procedures ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 703.0
Secondary Employment ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 704.0
Transfer Procedures …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 705.0

Officer Transfer Orientation ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 706.0
Park Police Officer Recruitment Program …………………………………………………………………………….. 707.0
Light Duty/Return to Work ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 708.0
Medical Examinations ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 709.0
Diabetic Officer Procedure …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 710.0
Drug Testing for Park Police Officers …………………………………………………………………………………… 711.0
Alcohol Testing for Park Police Officers ……………………………………………………………………………….. 711.1
Appearance and Grooming …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 712.0
Inspections and Audits ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 713.0
Inspection of Police Vehicles ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 713.1
Serious Injuries, Illness or Death of Officer/Family Member ………………………………………………….. 714.0

Peer Support Team ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 714.1
Employee Emergency Information ………………………………………………………………………………………. 715.0
Police Officer Involved in Domestic Violence ……………………………………………………………………….. 716.0
Park Police Headquarters ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 717.0
Damage to Commission Facilities ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 719.0
Use of Computer and Information Systems ………………………………………………………………………….. 720.0
License Plate Readers ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 720.1
Purchasing and Office Supplies …………………………………………………………………………………………… 722.0
Disposal of Information Systems Hardware ………………………………………………………………………….. 723.0
Ride Along Program ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 724.0
In-Car Video Cameras ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 725.0
Body Worn Cameras ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 726.0

CHAPTER VIII – Uniforms and Equipment
Uniforms ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 800.0
Park Police Badges and Credentials ……………………………………………………………………………………… 800.1
Retirement Badges and Credentials ……………………………………………………………………………………… 800.2
Dress Code for Plainclothes Officers ……………………………………………………………………………………. 802.0
Park Police Vehicle Procedures …………………………………………………………………………………………… 803.0
Take-Home Vehicle Program ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 803.1
Soft Body Armor………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 806.0
Equipment ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 807.0
Portable Radios …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 808.0

CHAPTER IX – Communications
Communications ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 900.0
Alarms ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 900.1
Criminal Justice Information Systems …………………………………………………………………………………. 902.0

CHAPTER X – Arrested Persons and Prisoners
Transporting Prisoners ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1000.0
Use of Restraining Devices …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1002.0
Arrestees Accompanied by Minor Children ………………………………………………………………………….. 1004.0
Temporary Detention & Processing Procedures ……………………………………………………………………. 1006.0

CHAPTER XI – Juvenile Procedures
Juveniles …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1100.0
Juvenile Holding Facility ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1102.0
Juvenile Processing ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1104.0

CHAPTER XII – Property Procedures
Evidence …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1200.0
Weighing Controlled Dangerous Substances ………………………………………………………………………… 1200.1
Seizure of Computer and Electronic Devices ………………………………………………………………………… 1201.0
Digital Photography …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1202.0

INDEX

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Last Updated: July 18, 2019