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Mission StatementThe mission of the Park Police Division is to provide professional park police services for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in partnership with the community and other M-NCPPC staff in order to provide a safe and secure environment, protect life and property, and identify and apprehend violators.
The Maryland-National Capital Park Police HistoryThe Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county, local government agency, operates in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. M-NCPPC was established by an act of the Maryland General Assembly in 1927 to provide long-range planning, and park acquisition and development. In 1931, rules and regulations were written by M-NCPPC to govern conduct in the parks under its control.
The Maryland-Capital Park Police was founded by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (through legislation in 1953) to patrol and police all designated parks in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.
In 1954, M-NCPPC created the Park Police Division. It began with three officers working six days a week for an annual salary of $3,000 each. The officers shared one police car until it broke down, at which time M-NCPPC purchased two used cars to replace the initial vehicle.
Accreditation (CALEA)The Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations including:
The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services by:
The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division received international accreditation from CALEA in 2002 and was re-accredited in 2005, 2008 and 2011. Each accreditation achievement was attained after a comprehensive three-year review of the division’s operations, equipment, policies, practices and procedures. The accreditation process allows a law enforcement agency the opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate conformance and compliance with established standards that promote professional excellence.