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Three Weeks in October
Charles A. Moose  More Info

About the Montgomery County Police Department

In April 1992, the Maryland legislature enacted Chapter 259 directing the appoint of six constables to be known as the Montgomery County Police.  In 1922, the Montgomery County Police expanded to 20 police officers and established its headquarters in the basement of the old Montgomery County Court House.  Today, the Montgomery County Police Department patrol area is divided into six districts each commanded by a police captain.  Each police district is responsible for providing direct and comprehensive police services including patrol, traffic enforcement and conducting criminal investigations.






Charles Alexander Moose served as the 15th chief of police of the Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland).  On June 18, 2003, he resigned to write a book about the Beltway sniper attacks that occurred during his time as Montgomery County Police Chief. Charles Moose earned a PhD in urban studies and criminology from Portland State University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Until 2005, Moose served as the Squadron Commander of the 113th Security Forces Squadron, DC Air National Guard, United States Air Force. While Moose served with that unit, he deployed to Operation Katrina and served as military liaison and advisor to the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Moose was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served as a Security Forces Officer in Hawaii.


In September 2003, Moose released his book about the investigation, Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper.  According to one reader/reviewer, “Initially this novel will take you into the fear and complexity that surrounded the case of the killing spree caused by the Beltway sniper attacks in 2002. I was intrigued to read about how tough it was for the police to tackle a "serial killer" that ultimately did not leave any kind of pattern in regards to victims' backgrounds or relations for which the police could build a case on. Although some vilified Moose after the case was wrapped up, The book does not portray Charles A. Moose in a poor light in regards to the wild goose chase over leads such as the white box van, because at the time that was really all they had to go on.”

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