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AboutUsMission Statement

The 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 History

The 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.

Two divisions were created to serve the two counties; one polices the Prince George’s County park system and the other polices the Montgomery County park system. Both divisions are now the second largest police agencies in their respective counties.

Accreditation (CALEA)

CALEA sealThe 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:
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police  (IACP);  
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE);  
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and 
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services by:

  • maintaining a body of standards (covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives) developed by public safety practitioners
  • establishing and administering an accreditation process 
  • recognizing professional excellence.

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.

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