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Prince George's County Police Department (Maryland)

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Maurice R. Hicks

Elmer L. Snow, III

About Prince George’s County Police Department

Prior to 1927, Prince George's County had no organized police force. The County was policed by a handful of part-time volunteer deputy sheriffs and constables. However, with the start of urbanization in the County, the 200-year-old sheriff/constable law enforcement system broke down and the County government set in motion a series of events that led to the formation of a four-man County police force. This was reorganized in 1931 and placed the County's force of now eleven officers under the command of a police chief who was appointed by the County Commissioners


Prince George's County, has grown1100 percent between 1930 and 1980. During the Department's 74-year history a total of 22 police officers have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty. Today, the Prince George's County Police Department serves approximately 800,000 citizens throughout the County. In 2001, the Department answered close to 500,000 calls for service. Our Department currently has an authorized strength of 1,420 officers and 263 civilians.






Selected book from a Prince George's County Police Department (Maryland) Police Officer.


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