Wednesday, June 13, 2018

8th Annual Melvin C. High Scholarship Winners

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff hosted the winners of the Eighth Annual Melvin C. High Scholarship Awards at a ceremony on Tuesday June 12th. Adding a fourth scholarship this year, the four recipients were county high school graduates Keon Hardy from Suitland High School, Gabriela Mendoza and Yaa Sarkodie from High Point High School, and Jada Williams from Duval High School.

“We received over 145 applications from county high school seniors this year,” said Captain Nancy Ridgely. “Each application is a look at the outstanding academic talent and community engagement of students preparing for the next step in their academic careers.” The winners are chosen by a panel of three judges who make up the “Final Selection Committee”. The Committee has the difficult task of picking the four scholarship winners from twelve finalists, looking at academic achievement as well as student involvement in community and school activities.  

“I’m delighted to have added a fourth scholarship award this year. All our previous winners have demonstrated that we have an incredible wealth of talent and potential in the young people of our county,”said Sheriff High. “Our support of young people bolsters their confidence and encourages them to explore the heights of their academic imagination.”

Each Melvin C. High Scholarship winner was awarded $1,000 payable to the student and the university/college they plan to attend. Mr. Keon Hardy will attend Morehouse College majoring in Kinesiology; Ms. Gabriela Mendoza will attend Montgomery College majoring in Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Ms. Yaa Sarkodie will attend the University of Virginia majoring in Nursing Global Health, and Ms. Jada Williams will attend West Virginia University to major in Aerospace Engineering.

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

Monday, June 4, 2018

Update – ‘Operation Broken Heart’ Warrant Sweep 22 Additional Warrants Closed/ Brings Closure Totals From 68 to 90 #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Division reported closure of an additional 22 warrants resulting from April’s warrant operation dubbed “Operation Broken Heart”, raising the total warrant closures to 90, up from 68.

According to Captain Paul Washington, Deputy Bureau Chief of Field Operations, there is often a residual result because deputies and officers on the teams leave information at residences and some warrants are being attempted by partners in other jurisdictions.

“The additional closures demonstrate how valuable the warrant operations are as well as the multi-jurisdictional partnerships,” said Captain Washington. “Seven outstanding warrants were closed because the person turned themselves in to resolve the outstanding matter – reminding us that sometimes persons are unaware of the warrant.” Washington said another five warrants were served by law enforcement partners outside of Prince George’s County, and one was served by county police – of which all but one was for a misdemeanor charge. The remaining 9 warrants were closed administratively.

Over 70 law enforcement officers participated in the ‘Operation Broken Heart’ operation, including Maryland State Police, Maryland National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Police Department, Hyattsville Police Department, Glenarden Police Department, Bladensburg Police Department, Capitol Heights Police Department and Greenbelt Police.

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