Monday, June 29, 2015

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer Richard Findley


Let us pause to remember our fallen hero, Sergeant Richard S. Findley, lost this day in 2008.

Sergeant Findley was born on June 5, 1969. He was raised in Beltsville and graduated from High Point High School in 1987. Sergeant Findley joined the Prince George's County Police Department in July of 1998. Upon graduation in February of 1999, Sergeant Findley was assigned to the Beltsville District station. He initially served as a patrol officer and later became a member of the Special Assignment Team.

On the morning of June 27, 2008, Sergeant Findley was conducting surveillance at the Laurel Pines apartment complex on Bowie Road in Laurel. Sergeant Findley was watching an unoccupied vehicle that was displaying stolen registration plates in the parking lot. At approximately 11:45 am, two suspects approached and entered the vehicle. As Sergeant Findley exited his police vehicle to make contact, the suspects in the stolen vehicle accelerated and intentionally struck him. Sergeant Findley was dragged by the suspect vehicle and suffered severe injuries. He was rushed to Laurel Regional Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Findley served the Prince George's County Police Department for 10 years and was the 25th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 47th law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County.

At the time of his death, Sergeant Richard Findley was 39 years old and survived by his wife and two daughters.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

PGPD Investigates Homicide in Bowie

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a homicide in Bowie. The victim is 31-year-old Terrence Demond Zackery of Patriot Lane in Bowie. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this case.

On June 27, 2015, at about 4:25 am, patrol officers with the Bowie Police Department were called to the 1200 block of Patriot Lane. When they arrived, they found Zackery outside suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random act. Investigators are working to identify the suspect(s) and motive in this case.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

PGPD Searches for Driver Who Killed Bicyclist in Capitol Heights

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit wants to speak with anyone who witnessed or has information on a fatal hit-and-run in Capitol Heights last night. The victim was riding a bicycle. She's identified as 56-year-old Donna Holliday Clark of Ritchboro Road in Forestville.

On June 26, 2015, shortly before 11:00 pm, patrol officers were called to the 800 block of Ritchie Road for the report of a crash involving a pedestrian. When officers arrived, they found Clark suffering from critical injuries. She later died at a hospital. 

Preliminarily, it appears Clark was on her bike heading southbound on Ritchie Road when a car struck her from behind. That car is described as a black or dark-colored car, possibly a Dodge Charger. The driver did not stay on the scene. Investigators believe the car will now have minor front end damage. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

Friday, June 26, 2015

PGPD In-Car Camera System Audit Findings



Earlier this year, Chief Mark Magaw ordered the Internal Affairs Division to complete an audit of all patrol cars equipped with a mobile video system. The primary goal was to determine how many of the cameras worked properly and how many didn’t. The audit took nearly one month to complete. At the audit's conclusion at the end of April, approximately 70% of our patrol fleet had fully-functional camera systems. 

 
The PGPD has a large patrol fleet with 1,048 marked patrol cruisers. Approximately half of our cruisers are equipped with older Kustom DVD-based systems. Nearly 500 are equipped with newer hard drive-based Panasonic systems. At the time they were inspected, roughly 40 of the Panasonic systems exhibited hardware or software malfunctions. All of these malfunctions are repairable and covered under a maintenance plan. Roughly half of the Kustom systems are not working properly. The PGPD is now finalizing plans to hire a full-time technician to work solely on the Kustom camera repairs, to fix those that can be and remove those that can’t since parts for these aging systems are no longer available.
The department began installing in-car cameras in 2000. We were among the first in the nation to embrace this technology and we are among only a few agencies in the entire region to have in-car cameras. We believe these cameras provide greater transparency to our community and enhance officer safety. It was clear in the early stages of the audit that many of our older cruisers had Kustom camera equipment which far exceeded the expected 3-5 year life span. Our ultimate goal is to have 100% of patrol cruisers to have working camera systems, but due to the high cost of the newer system, and in an attempt to be fiscally responsible, the PGPD is not replacing camera systems in older cruisers that will soon be taken off line due to high mileage. In many cases, the cost of the camera would exceed the value of the car. By year’s end, the department is slated to replace older cruisers with 100 new marked cruisers that will come with new Panasonic technology.
“If a citizen sees a cruiser with a camera inside, that citizen has the expectation that the camera is working. So do we. If the camera isn’t and can’t be fixed, we are going to soon remove those broken cameras altogether. We’re devoted to constitutional, ethical and professional policing. We want our community to know we where we currently stand with our in-car camera systems and where we’re going. Every decision we make reflects our commitment to our community and officer safety,”said Chief Mark Magaw.

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