Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inauguration Safety Alerts Available

The National Capital Region will be sending safety and event alerts via text. All residents and visitors need to do to receive these alerts is text the keyword INAUG to 888777.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Community Survey

The Mount Rainier Police Department is conducting a detailed survey that will assist us in improving police services to the citizens, businesses and visitors of Mount Rainier. The answers you provide will be a valuable asset to us as we work to maintain and improve the trust and legitimacy of the Department in our community.

When you are considering an answer to any of the questions on this survey, please give the most detailed response you can provide. A detailed response will help us understand the needs of the community, highlight issues we may not have considered, and point out ways we can better deliver services. It will give us information necessary to make positive changes in our community and our police force.

All responses on this survey will be, and will remain, confidential. No personally identifiable identification will be shared with anyone beyond the assessors of the survey.

The survey can be accessed at the following web link, and please, spread the word to your neighbors and friends so we can get the widest distribution possible. Thank you for your participation

 

https://goo.gl/forms/89WO56H9xkvXs5R03

 

 

Michael E. Scott

Chief of Police

Mount Rainier Police Department

3249 Rhode Island Avenue

Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

301-985-6580

mscott@mountrainierpd.org

Chief's Blog: http://mrpdchief.blogspot.com

Twitter: @MRPDChief

Most of us have varying levels of bias. The best of us are aware of these biases and work to overcome them. The worst of us don't and wallow in our ignorance.

-Robert Ashton

 

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MRPD Using Lexipol to Update Policies

Mount Rainier Citizens:

As the Chief of Police for the City of Mount Rainier, one of my main responsibilities is to ensure that your police department is providing the most professional service to each of you as residents of our community.  Part of that effort is to ensure that the MRPD has policies and procedures in place that provide for the best practices in law enforcement.  With that in mind, I am excited to share with you that we have contracted with a company called LEXIPOL to help us develop and utilize state-specific policy content that is up to date and evolves as court rulings effect the law enforcement profession.

What is Lexipol?

Lexipol is a nationally recognized company that is the leading provider of public safety policies and training in the United States. The company was founded in 2003 by Risk Management gurus Gordon Graham and Bruce Praet, former law enforcement officers. Today, Lexipol offers its services to 32 states and has a staff of more than 120 people representing 2,094 years of combined public safety experience.

How is the Lexipol policy content different?

Using Lexipol will help us ensure that our policies are up to date and legally defensible.  They represent our industries best standards, which means more protection for us as a city. With Lexipol, our manual will continuously be on the front edge of best practices in law enforcement because their legal and content development staff will send policy updates when laws or court rulings change. This service also provides daily computer based trainings which will ensure your officers learn and retain policies.

What are the next steps?

Last year we began process of reviewing the Lexipol policies alongside our existing policies.  We are customizing each policy to fit our department and I expect the completed manual to be in place within the next six months. As we update our policies and convert them to the Lexipol format we will publish them to the department’s web site. Interested parties may view these policies at the following link:


Working with Lexipol is an important step to providing the highest level of professionalism and service to you. If you have questions about Lexipol please refer to the Lexipol website at www.Lexipol.com.

Happy holidays,

Michael E. Scott

Chief of Police

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

FW: Maryland Winter Weather Outlook

NOAA has released a nationwide winter outlook package. The following are a few key points from this outlook, and the projected impacts on Maryland.

  • NOAA predicts a "La-Nina" developing sometime this winter, but they predict if it does develop, it will be weak and short lived. 
  • Maryland is projected to have an equal chance of a wetter or drier than normal winter. 
  • Maryland is projected to have equal chances of cooler or warmer than normal temperatures. 
  • No drought conditions have been forecast for Maryland. 
  • NOAA wants to remind everyone their outlook does not predict storms, their locations, or potential impacts, but did want to point out that La Nina winters tend to lead to drier conditions in the Mid- Atlantic. 



 

For more information, see the web link below for the full NOAA report. 

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/us-winter-outlook-predicts-warmer-drier-south-and-cooler-wetter-north

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Police Report: October 2-8

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

October 8th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3800 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 12:40pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s DC license was suspended. Due to the driver’s false statements and refusal to provide necessary information he was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was released to a licensed passenger.

October 7th:

3100 block of Chillum Road: Theft – 2:35am. Officers spoke with a cab driver who said that he picked up a man in NW DC and drove him to the 3100mblock of Chillum Road. The man got out of the cab and walked away without paying the fare. Officers stopped the man and when they requested he settle up with the cab driver he became disorderly, began shouting obscenities and refused to identify himself. He was arrested, charged with misdemeanor theft and disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4400 block of 28th Place: Missing person – 3am. The father of a teenaged male reported that his son was living with his as a condition of his probation from a previous court case. At about 11:30pm on the 6th the father left the apartment for a few hours and when he returned the juvenile was gone. The father thinks that his son may be in the area of the 4100 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW, DC as he has family in that area.

3300 block of Shepherd Street: M/V collision – 10:15am. The driver of a FEDEX delivery truck failed to pay full time and attention to his driving and drove off the roadway and struck a PEPCO utility pole. The driver left the scene and returned a short time later on foot. The driver was cited appropriately. A FEDEX supervisor responded to the scene and had the truck towed to their lot. PEPCO was notified of the damage to the utility pole.

3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Armed robbery – 1pm. Two men came into the store, selected several soft drinks and presented them for payment at the sales counter. As the clerk opened the cash register one of the suspects displayed a handgun and ordered the clerk to step back from the register. The second suspect jumped onto the counter and stole the cash from the register. Both suspects then fled the store in an unknown direction. A Hyattsville City PD K9 team responded and searched the area for the suspects. The K9 tracked the suspects to the foot path near the crosswalk on the Hyattsville side of Queens Chapel Road where the track was lost.  PGPD robbery detectives responded to conduct a follow-up investigation and the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for evidence. Video footage of the crime was recovered and forwarded to the detectives. 

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Burglary – 1:30pm. The victim told officers that when she arrived home she discovered that someone had broken into her apartment. She immediately called police and did not enter the apartment until police arrived and found no one inside. A walk though of the apartment revealed that nothing had been stolen. Queenstown management was notified and had maintenance respond to the apartment to secure the front door. Nothing of evidentiary value was recovered.

October 6th:

4200 block of 34th Street: Fraud – 4:05pm. A man came into the police station and reported that someone used his personal information to open an AT&T account and run up charges totaling over $1,000.

October 5th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Missing juvenile – 4:45am. Officers were notified that a 15 year old male reported missing on August 14th was found by the Albemarle County, Virginia Police. The juvenile’s mother was notified, but she was unable to immediately respond to pick him up. Albemarle Police transported the missing juvenile to a secure group home until such a time as his mother is able to arrive and bring him home from Virginia.

2900 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:45am. Officers impounded a 2009 Toyota Camry for displaying a fraudulent West Virginia temporary tag. The owner also had two separate fraudulent registration cards and the vehicle’s insurance was cancelled on September 14th.

3400 block of Newton Street: Theft from auto – 10:50am. The owner of a 2106 Toyota Corolla reported that he came out to his car this morning and discovered the front passenger window had been broken out and a GPS unit missing from inside. The vehicle was processed for prints with negative results.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: EPS – 2:55pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of a woman who appeared to be disoriented. When they arrived they found the woman unsteady on her feet and had trouble answering basic questions. Officers transported her to Washington Adventist Hospital for evaluation by the medical staff.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: M/V collision – 3:50pm. Officers investigating a single vehicle collision found that a woman was attempting to park her car and struck the corner of the boiler room building. She may have experienced a medical emergency at the time of the collision and was transported to Providence Hospital for treatment. Her car was towed for safekeeping.

October 4th:

3800 block of Bunker Hill Road: CDS possession – 3:40am. Officers patrolling the area stopped to check the welfare of a man walking in the street and possibly under the influence of narcotics. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of a sufficient quantity of CDS (suspected heroin) to warrant his arrest. He was charged with possession of a CDS with intent to distribute and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft – 1:05pm. The victim reported that she may have dropped her wallet while getting out of her car at her apartment building. She was later notified by her credit union that an unknown person reported her wallet found at Washington Medical.  She went to Washington Medical but was unable to retrieve her wallet. No one from Washington Medical was able to locate her missing wallet. All of the bank cards have been suspended there was no fraudulent activity on her bank accounts.

October 3rd:

34th Street and Bunker Hill Road: M/V collision – 6:55am. The owner of a 2005 Honda reported that she witnessed an unknown, undescribed vehicle strike her Honda while it was legally parked. The driver of the striking vehicle fled the scene without stopping.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Disorderly conduct – 4:20pm. Officers stopped a man who they saw running down the middle of Chillum Road yelling obscenities at passersby. After some difficulty determining his real identity he was charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 5:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Property damage – 7:25am. The owner of a 2012 Chevy reported that she came out to her vehicle the evening of August 31st and discovered a small scratch on the right passenger side of her vehicle.

3700 block of 36th Street: MIR – 8:35pm. Officers responded for the report of the smell of marijuana coming from the back yard of a vacant house. Officers checked the property and found no CDS violations but noted that the house was unsecured. No one was found inside and the officers secured the house.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Domestic assault – 10:30pm. The victim told officers that she and her significant other got into a verbal argument. During the argument the man punched her with a closed fist and choked her. The man also struck her son during the altercation. The victim has a current protective order against the man but said that she asked for the protective order to be dismissed three months ago.  The victim screened positive on a lethality assessment and spoke with a counselor at the Family Crisis Center. She was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

October 2nd:

2200 block of Varnum Street: Warrant service – 9:15am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid driver’s license and had two open warrants through Anne Arundel County for failing to appear in court (FTA) on a charge of felony theft. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. His vehicle was also impounded.

4000 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 9:45am. The owner of a 2017 Nissan Armada reported that someone stole the Virginia temp tags off his vehicle while he was attending church.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Police Report: September 25 - October 1

October 1st:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 8:15am. Officers impounded a 2012 Nissan Maxima that was parked in a posted emergency no parking zone.

2900 block of Upshur Street: Vehicle impound – 8:40am. Officers impounded a 1998 Cadillac that was parked in a posted emergency no parking zone. The officers also learned that the vehicle's registration was suspended with a pick up order for the tags.

3300 block of Perry Street: Theft – 12:30pm. The victim told officers that her ex-boyfriend came into her place of work, picked up her cell phone off her desk and walked out. Officers documented the incident however the victim said that she didn't was to pursue charges against the boyfriend.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Theft from auto – 1:25pm. The owner of a 2004 Toyota Corolla reported that sometime between 12:15 and 12:35pm today someone stole the rear tag off her vehicle.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 1:45pm. Officers stopped a man for a field interview and learned that he had two open arrest warrants through Prince George's County for failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3200 block of Buchanan Street: Criminal citation – 5:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3400 block of 36th Street: Criminal citation – 6:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

September 30th:

3100 block of Chillum Road: DUI – 12:45am. Officers stopped a 2008 Ford van after observing the driver leave the 7-11 in what they suspected was an intoxicated state. When they spoke with the driver they verified that he was under the influence of alcohol. He failed standard field sobriety testing and refused to take a chemical test for alcohol. He was charged with driving under the influence and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4200 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 11am. Officers impounded an unregistered 1994 GMC truck that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3700 block of 36th Street: MIR – 12:45pm. Officers checked two vacant houses in the block and found both to be open an unsecure. No one was found inside either house and there were no signs of damage. Officers contacted the property owners via phone to inform them of the situation and they advised that someone would come out and properly secure the houses.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Theft from auto – 2:25pm. The owner of a 2014 Dodge Challenger came into the police station and reported that someone had stolen the front tag off her vehicle.

35th and Perry Streets: M/V collision – 4:40pm. Officers patrolling the area saw a 2003 Ford Expedition collide with a parked 2005 Ford Explorer. The driver of the Expedition continued on without stopping. When the officers stopped the truck the driver said that he did not realize that he struck the parked vehicle. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the owner of the Explorer was provided with his identification and insurance information.

September 29th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 12:30am. Officers took a man into custody who refused to identify himself after being found in possession of stolen items from the store. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was positively identified by his fingerprints. He was issued a criminal citation for theft and released.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

September 28th:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 3:55pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4200 block of Cedar Lane Alley: Vehicle impound – 4:35pm. Officers impounded a 2002 Volvo that was abandoned with no tags displayed.

4500 block of 32nd Street: MIR – 8:30pm. Officers responded for multiple reports of a fight in the roadway. When they arrived any fight that may have occurred was over but a verbal altercation between members of the group had occurred. Further investigation revealed that no crime had taken place and that this was just a verbal altercation that became extremely loud.

September 27th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 2:25pm. Officers stopped to check on a man sleeping on a bench. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Sheriff's Office for failing to appear (FTA) in court on a charge of disorderly conduct. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

September 26th:

Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: M/V collision – 5:05 pm. Officers investigating the collision determined that the driver of a 2008 Nissan Sentra changed lanes and collided with a 1996 Honda. No injuries were reported.

31st Street and Bunker Hill Road: Found property – 7:45pm. Officers located a green Cannondale mountain bike that had a broken rear derailleur. Officers took possession of the bike for safekeeping.

September 25th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Strong arm robbery – 6:30am. The reporting person told officers that her uncle came home showing signs of having been assaulted. The victim told officers that someone tried to rob him while he was walking near the parking area of the Queenstown Apartments. He said that a man grabbed him from behind and demanded his wallet. When he refused a struggle ensued and the victim sustained several head injuries, He was taken by EMS to MedStar hospital for treatment.  PGPD robbery detectives were notified and will conduct a follow-up investigation. The victim was unable to provide a physical description of his assailant.

4000 block of 36th Street: CDS possession – 7:20pm. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: 2nd degree assault – 8:25pm. The victim told officers that her significant other got into an argument when she got home from work. During the argument he struck her in the face and in her side. Officers observed evidence of the assault on the victim's face and abdomen. The man was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. The victim obtained a protective order against the man and he was served with the order while in custody at DOC.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Police Report: September 18-24

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

September 24th:

4100 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 7am. Officers impounded a 2002 Toyota Corolla for blocking a private driveway.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:10am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:25pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public (one of them was the same guy that was cited at 2:15pm!).

September 23rd:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 10:45am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 3:45pm. The victim told officers that he left his bag on a bench when he got on a Metro bus. When he realized his mistake he went to retrieve the bag and discovered it had been taken. Officers interviewed several witnesses and no one reported seeing who took the bag.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

September 22nd:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 4:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street: M/V collision – 2:55am. The driver of a 2002 Volvo travelling south on Rhode Island Avenue collided with the circle median causing significant damage to the curb and wall. The car was not drivable and impounded. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and released.

September 21st:

4000 block of 32nd Street: Attempt burglary – 7:25am. The resident told officers that when he got up this morning he discovered that someone had come into his back porch and tried to break into his home by removing window screens to two different windows. The suspect also pried off a lock to a shed located behind the home. Nothing was taken and no entry was made to the residence.

2300 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:55am. Officers impounded a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria that had an expired registration and had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Vandalism – 4:20pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 4pm on the 20th and the time he called police someone destroyed the front porch railing. He also said that one of the other tenants in the home normally had a bike secured to the railing which was now gone, and he believes that the railing may have been destroyed to get the bike free. The owner of the bike was unable to be contacted at the time of the report to verify.

Perry and 31st Streets: Hit and run collision – 7:45pm. Officers responded for the report that an SUV struck a barricade pole and fled the scene. Officers found one of the poles bent over and two others superficially damaged. They recovered a fog light that possibly came from a dark blue 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe.

September 20th:

3800 block of 33rd Street: Missing person – 11:30am. The father of a 40 year old man reported that he last saw his son back on September 6th. At that time the son told him that he was planning to move to NYC. The father is concerned for his son’s welfare as he suffers from depression and has attempted suicide in the past. A check of all local hospitals proved negative.

4000 block of 32nd Street: Strong arm robbery – 5:05pm. The victim told officers that he was walking in front of Mount Rainier Elementary School when he was approached my two Hispanic males, one of whom punched him in the face and stole his cell phone. When officers asked for more details the victim gave different accounts of the crime and the location where it occurred. Officers documented the incident and the victim’s inconsistent statements and forwarded the report to PGPD robbery detectives for follow-up.

September 19th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Citizen robbery – 10:10am. The victim told officers that on September 16th while she was at the bus stop she was approached by two black males who demanded her wallet. She said that she believed that one of them had a gun concealed in a pillow case so she surrendered the wallet. Both suspects fled the area on foot. She could not provide a good physical description of the suspects but believes they’re possibly from the area.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 7:40pm. The driver of a 2003 Land Rover entered the traffic circle from Perry Street and failed to yield to a 2002 Honda already in the circle that had the right of way. The driver of the Honda struck the Land Rover in the left rear. The driver of the Honda was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and his vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. The driver of the Land Rover was issued several traffic citations and sent on his way.

September 18th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 10:15am. The owner of a 1995 Honda reported his vehicle reported his vehicle stolen on the morning of September 12th. Today, he reported that that his girlfriend was driving to work when she observed the vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Queens Chapel Road. The vehicle was found to have a defeated ignition and both tags attached. The vehicle was impounded by PGPD at the owners request as it was not drivable.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle arson – 9:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle fire. Fire/rescue extinguished the burning vehicle and the officers were able to locate a partial tag number and identify the owner who lives in DC. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen but not yet reported. It is likely the vehicle was intentionally burned and PGFD arson investigators will be handling the follow-up investigation.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 11:45pm. Offices patrolling with an automated license plate reader received an alert on a 2000 Dodge Durango. The alert indicated that the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license and an open arrest warrant. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the registered owner as a passenger. The warrant was confirmed to be active out of Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. She was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.