Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sheriff’s Deputies Save a Life in the Line of Duty #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD… While executing a court-ordered eviction in the 1100 block of Palmer Rd. in Fort Washington on September 5, 2018, Deputies First Class S. Green and S. Smith spoke with the male tenant about the order to proceed with the eviction. The tenant was asked to gather essential items before vacating the apartment, but when he walked back to the bedroom he laid down on his bed. DFC Smith asked him to get off the bed and gather his personal items so the eviction could begin but the tenant, instead, began to open his nightstand drawer.

Aware of the potentially unsafe condition, Deputies positioned themselves tactically and both noticed that the tenant had a knife. DFC Green used OC spray on the man that did not subdue him. He continued to ignore all verbal commands, held the knife to his neck, and essentially threatened deputies by telling them that the only way he was leaving “is in a body bag.” The man attempted to cut his right wrist, was unsuccessful and began to try to cut his neck again. Deputies continued to give verbal commands and called for extra units with a taser to the scene.

As they waited, deputies attempted sympathetic reasoning with the tenant in an attempt to get him to drop the weapon. The deputies were assisted by off-duty Cpl. Mayberry who arrived on scene with a taser. Noticing that the man’s arm was tiring, Cpl. Mayberry talked with the tenant as he executed a taser strike that subdued the tenant sufficiently so that DFC Green could take possession of the knife. The tenant was taken into custody and transported to Southern Maryland Hospital for emergency psychiatric evaluation.

For more information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Calendar of Events #PGSO

Monday, October 1, 2018

Office of the Sheriff Presents:

5th Year Anniversary of Celebrating “Purple Light Nights®

Lighting Ceremony Lighting Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm
Pick up a FREE Purple Light Bulb

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Veterans and Families Domestic Violence Community Resource Days
Westphalia Community Center
8900 Westphalia Road, Upper Marlboro MD 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Veterans and Families Domestic Violence Community Resource Days
Kentland Community Center
2411 Pine Brook Ave, Hyattsville, MD 6:30pm-8:30pm

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Maryland – National Capital Park Police and Company Presents:

“Shatter the Silence” Banquet and Silent

2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover MD 20785 7pm-11pm

Click Here for Tickets

Monday, October 22, 2018
Veterans and Families Domestic Violence Community Resource Days
Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Maryland – National Capital Park Police and Company Presents:

“Shatter the Silence” 5k Walk/Run

Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro Race starts at 9:00am

Sisters4Sisters, Inc and The Love Movement Presents:

The 13th Annual "Silent Tears No More" Breakfast

The Camelot by Martins 8:00am -11:00 am

Tuesday, October 30, 2017

Office of the Sheriff Presents:

7th Annual Domestic Violence Partnership Luncheon Oxon Hill Mansion
(Invitation Only)

Just in Case You Missed it... Check Us Out! Countdown until Monday, October 1 2018 #PurpleLightNights #PgsoisEverywhere

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Making a Dream Come True with Courage, Preparation, and a Plan #PGSOisEverywhere

Upper Marlboro, MD…The dream of becoming a deputy sheriff began to take shape for Toria Roberts during a college internship with the Office of the Sheriff. Today, that dream is a reality because Deputy Roberts graduated from Police Academy Training Class Session 135 on May 2, 2018 to become the first law enforcement officer in her family.

Reaching her goal didn’t just happen. Deputy Roberts had to navigate the distance between her internship in the Sheriff’s Office and becoming a sheriff’s deputy. It’s a classic case of how to get from here to there. The answer for Toria Roberts is that she formulated and visualized a plan that she put in motion to make her dream come true.

Deputy Roberts says it all began when she interned at the Sheriff’s Office during the fall semester of 2013 as her college graduation approached. “It was kind of a surprising and strange feeling but I felt like I’d come face to face with my purpose in life.”

Ven Chapman, Executive Assistant to Chief Assistant Palmer, manages the Sheriff’s Office college and summer intern program says she saw Toria’s interest in the Sheriff’s Office growing. “I admired Toria’s tenacity from the beginning. When I met her she was working, going to school, and then interning with us. I saw her interest in law enforcement grow during the internship. We stayed in touch after her internship and I urged her to apply for an agency job opening after she graduated.”

Toria took Ms. Chapman’s advice. She applied and was hired for a civilian position in the Sheriff’s Office after she graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2016. While Toria learned more about the Sheriff’s Office in her position in Warrants Processing, she stayed focused on her long-term goal by physical conditioning training so she could meet the fitness requirements of the police academy. Pam Cherry, who supervised Roberts in Warrants Processing believes Roberts’ civilian experience gave her a better understanding of the agency that will be helpful to her as a deputy. “I believe Deputy Roberts will go far in the agency,” she said. “I admired her work ethic; she always came early and stayed late to complete her work.”

Roberts’ hard work payed off. She was hired as a deputy recruit and entered the police training academy in September of 2017. As a female student deputy, she was taught to remain focused throughout the academy. “Although law enforcement continues to evolve, in many ways it remains a male-dominated environment. That’s not negative, it’s just a fact that makes women hyper-aware to distractions.”

From academy graduation to field training, Deputy Roberts says she appreciated the valuable information that was shared by each of her Field Training Officers (FTO). She says they had different styles of teaching and different styles of leadership. One FTO with a military background was highly detail oriented, while another was less so and allowed Roberts to learn more by doing, if she could do so safely. “Every FTO experience was valuable and it’s an eye-opening difference between the classroom and actually being on duty,” said Deputy Roberts.

Toria Roberts was born and raised in Prince George’s County, where she grew up in Accokeek community and graduated from Gwynn Park High School. As communities across the country grapple with the loss of young people who don’t return to their home communities after college because of a lack of career opportunities, Deputy Roberts is an example of a well-educated native Prince Georgian who saw opportunity in her home community and chose to serve.

Ven Chapman thinks Toria is a perfect example of the importance of the internship opportunities. “Deputy Roberts is the realization of what our goal is with internships - to expose young people to career opportunities right here in Prince George’s County and to hire them to serve in the community they know and love,” she says. “With a relevant minor in Criminal Justice, Toria might have chosen to begin her career in law enforcement someplace else but because of her experience here, she chose the Office of the Sheriff.”

Deputy Roberts agrees “I’m not sure I would have considered the Sheriff’s Office, but after learning so much during the internship, I really enjoyed the accessible size of the agency and the whole experience made me want to learn more.”

Roberts is already thinking about the next 5 years during which she plans to work toward being promoted as far as she can be in this agency. She is also interested in joining the K-9 Unit in the future, but for now, she loves her job as a deputy and is committed to being one of the best deputies in the agency.

Sounds like a plan.

Please Support the 2018 National Capital Region 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb & 5K Walk Hosted by Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department #PGSO

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September 15, 2018

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