Monday, May 4, 2015

PGPD to Hold Cinco de Mayo Sobriety Checkpoint

We are working to ensure history doesn’t repeat this Cinco de Mayo. For the last three years, someone has died in a car crash in our county on May 5th. The Prince George’s County Police Department is committed to keeping safe all those who travel on our roads. That’s why we’re holding a sobriety checkpoint tomorrow evening. The Special Operations Division will be conducting the checkpoint from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am. Officers will focus on the northern portion of the county. If you’re planning to celebrate tomorrow evening, please do so safely.

Chief Magaw Responds to Outcome of Officer’s Trial

Police Officer First Class Charles Pickard was convicted today of second degree assault, reckless endangerment and one count of malfeasance. The incident involves conduct which occurred while Officer Pickard was on duty on November 12, 2013. He was a School Resource Officer assigned to Suitland High School. The officer struck a student.

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division immediately launched an investigation after learning of the incident through a routine, internal use of force review. Officer Pickard’s police powers were suspended on November 14, 2013.

The Chief today held a news conference about the trial's outcome with Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

"One of the key reasons we have school resource officers in our schools is to serve as an example to students. When one of these officers abuses that authority, it won't be tolerated and that officer will be held accountable," said Chief Mark Magaw.

Pickard has been employed by the PGPD for six years and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer Alfred Steinat

Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Officer Alfred W. Steinat, lost in 1963.

Officer Steinat was born on July 5,1936.  He joined the Prince George's County Police Department on May 16, 1962, after serving with honor and distinction in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from the police academy, Officer Steinat was assigned to the Upper Marlboro station before being reassigned to the new Bowie station.

Shortly after midnight on the morning of May 2,1963, Officer Steinat responded to a theft complaint at a service station on Route 301 in Bowie. After speaking with the victim, he canvassed the area for the suspect.  About an hour later, an Anne Arundel County police officer saw Officer Steinat's police cruiser on the northbound shoulder of Route 3 near the Prince George's County-Anne Arundel County border. While checking the area, the officer discovered Officer Steinat lying in nearby woods suffering from a fatal gunshot wound to his back. The investigation revealed that Officer Steinat had located the theft suspect and while interviewing him in his cruiser, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Steinat. Despite being wounded, Officer Steinat pursued the suspect a short distance before collapsing and sadly succumbing to his injuries.

Officer Steinat served the Prince George's County Police Department for one year and was the third member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He was the fifth law enforcement officer to give his life while serving this profession within Prince George's County.

At the time of his death, Officer Alfred W. Steinat was 26 years old and survived by his wife and four children.

Friday, May 1, 2015

National Police Week 2015: PGPD Honors Our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

It’s a time to pause and honor fellow police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Members of the Prince George's County Police Department will take part in several events scheduled during National Police Week, which runs from May 11-17, 2015. Law enforcement officers from across the country will gather in Washington, DC to pay tribute to fallen heroes.

Below is a partial list of upcoming events:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:10 pm
St. Patrick Catholic Church
619 10th Street
Northwest Washington

3rd Annual Blue Mass
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
3805 Lawrence Street
Brentwood, MD

Command Officer Association Candlelight Memorial Service
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
County Administration Building
Council Hearing Room
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(This event honors officers of any agency who died serving Prince George’s County.)

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 Fallen Heroes Memorial Service
Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:00 am
2905 Old Largo Road
Upper Marlboro, MD

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am
400 F Street, NW
Washington, DC

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 10:00 am
Procession will leave RFK Stadium/Armory (19th and East Capitol Street, NE) at 9:45 am for the ride to the Memorial for wreath-laying ceremony and presentations at 11:00 am

36th Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service
Monday, May 11, 2015, 11:00 am
Washington Area Police Memorial Fountain
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 2:00 pm
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 Block of E Street, NW
Washington DC

Wednesday, May 13, 2014, 8:00 am
The competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial (1st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Maryland Avenue), below the west front of the U.S. Capitol. Awards will be presented immediately following the competition. This event is sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.

Contact: Ken Roske
Fraternal Order of Police, National Memorial Committee
711 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Wednesday, May 14, 2015, 4:30 pm
Assemble at New Jersey Avenue and F Street, NW – Step-off promptly at 6:00 pm. March will proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Contact Joseph Keenan at (732) 754-7051.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8:00 pm
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 block of E Street, NW
Washington DC

Philadelphia to DC Memorial Run at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 
Thursday, May 14, 2015 
The Prince George’s County leg of the run leaves the College Park Holiday Inn at 8:30 am
10000 Baltimore Ave, College Park MD 

Stop at District 1 Police Station at 10:00 am for a ceremony honoring fallen officers from Maryland. 

End at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at 12:00 pm
400 block of E Street, NW
Washington DC

Friday, May 15, 2015, 11:00 am
West Front of the U.S. Capitol
Wreath-laying ceremony immediately following Memorial Service
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 block of E Street, NW

Washington, DC