- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 14, 2009


It is good news to learn the Prince George’s County Police Department finally has been released from oversight by the U.S. Department of Justice (“PG police freed from U.S. oversight,” Briefly, Metro, Wednesday). This police department has progressed significantly in many ways, and all for the better. Any negative connotations associated with the organization from past incidents should not permanently taint or label the department, and notable improvements should be recognized by the public as well.

I recently did a police ride-along for an entire evening shift with a young officer of the county’s Hyattsville substation. I was extremely impressed with what I observed not only with this officer’s performance, but also with all the officers I encountered on various calls throughout the shift. If this officer is emblematic of the entire department and its current performance, there is no uncertainty that the Prince George’s County Police Department is gleaming with positive impact in the community.


Adjunct professor

Department of Criminal Justice

George Mason University




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