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AdditionalPrograms“Doing Something Right”

In cooperation with the Bowie Baysox Baseball Club, this program allows Park Police officers to reward children and adults for safe, law abiding acts. Complimentary Baysox tickets are given when officers observe a positive action, such as citizens wearing bicycle helmets or seat belts. This program has been well-received within the community; more than 1,500 vouchers (per season) have been distributed.

Halloween Safety Program

Officers interacted with approximately 10,000 children through this program. Children were provided reflective Halloween bags and safety brochures to make their Halloween a safe one.

Officer for the Day Program

Each year the Maryland-National Capital Park Police recognizes a male and female 5th grade elementary school student from five elementary schools that have demonstrated significant academic and social improvement during the school year. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police currently selects students from Perrywood Elementary, Kingsford Elementary, Beacon Heights Elementary, Glassmanor Elementary and Samuel P. Massie Academy. Selected students are given a tour of Park Police facilities and recognized at the annual Park Police Awards Luncheon. 

Parent X-Change Series

The Department of Parks and Recreation and The Maryland-National Capital Park Police presented a Parent X-Change workshop called "Go-Go and Gangs." The Parent X-Change Workshop Series provides opportunities for the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County to reinforce the importance of positive youth development by guiding conversations about current issues that pertain to youth. The workshops provide parents/guardians with critical information that pertains to the daily lives of youth and many situations with which youth are challenged. A growing concern amongst law enforcement and citizens is the influx of gangs and gang activity in Prince George’s County. Although the media focuses on Hispanic gangs located primarily in Langley Park and Hyattsville, there is also concern about violence associated with a popular sub-genre of music called ‘Go-Go.’
Park Police hosted three information sessions for parents about the culture of gangs and "Go-Go" music in Prince George’s County. The presentation highlighted current trends of today’s "Go-Go" culture and focused on characteristics of these groups, crews and gangs.

Park Police Student Service Program  

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police offers a unique volunteer opportunity for student in 9th through 12th grades.  The Park Police Student Service Program offer high school students an opportunity to earn student service learning hours by volunteering with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division Mount Unit. Volunteers will have the opportunity to experience the daily routine and responsibilities preformed by Park Police Mounted Officers s in the community while participating in law enforcement exercises. Students will also learn how to properly care, groom and tack a horse during the Student Services Program. Students who successfully complete their volunteer assignments will earn student service learning hours for their participation. 

PDF Schedule a volunteer interview
PDF Download the Volunteer Agreement/Waiver Liability

Seat Belt and Child Safety Seat Enforcement Program

The Park Police Division participates with organizations including the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA), the Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use (MCFSBU), and the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) to promote safety belt and child safety seat awareness. The Department participates in the annual Maryland Chiefs Challenge Campaign, a program that challenges Maryland’s law enforcement community to increase public awareness and enforce occupant protection safety laws. Park Police has partnered with local government agencies, schools and businesses to promote these efforts.