Takoma Park Police

August 13, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Police Captain Selected as Greenbelt’s New Police Chief

After serving more than 20 years with the Takoma Park Police, Capt. Richard “Rick” Bowers is leaving Takoma Park to oversee the City of Greenbelt’s Police Department as the new police chief. He was selected from a pool of 53 applicants spearheaded by Springsted/Waters Executive Recruitment Firm. Bowers started his career as an officer in […]

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July 30, 2018 | Staff Writer

Update: Takoma Park Police Identify Officer in Shooting

Update, July 30: Takoma Park police have identified the officer involved in a Wednesday shooting as Sgt. Charles Hoetzel, a 10-year veteran. Police said he has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, following the department’s protocol. He is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division and works in the Special Assignment Section. Update, […]

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July 2, 2018 | Staff Writer

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Police Arrest Suspect in Connection with Theft From Auto in Takoma Park

Takoma Park police said they have arrested a man in connection with theft from vehicles on June 28. Devin Toles, 20, has been charged for two counts of theft from auto, and two counts of rogue and vagabond and possession of burglary tools. According to police, officers responded to the unit block of Sherman Avenue […]

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May 31, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Five Things to Know for May 31 in Montgomery County

Washington Capitals win game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday, making this their first ever Stanley Cup final win in franchise history. Here are five more things to know for Thursday,  May 31, in Montgomery County: 1.Takoma Park Police Officer Funeral: The funeral for Takoma Park Police Acting Detective Sergeant Matthew Barber will be held today […]

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May 30, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Five Things to Know for May 30 in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know for Wednesday,  May 30, in Montgomery County: 1. Funeral Arrangements for Takoma Park Police Officer: Funeral Arrangements have been set for Takoma Park Police Acting Detective Sergeant Matthew Barber, who died suddenly Thursday. Visitation for Det. Barber will be held today in Frederick, Maryland. 2. The Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Montgomery […]

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April 30, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Takoma Park Police Take Back 230 Pounds of Drugs During Nationwide Campaign

Takoma Park police joined other law enforcement agencies from across the country Saturday in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s nationwide campaign to prevent pill abuse. According to officials, Takoma Park Police collected 230 pounds of medications. Residents are still able to dispose excess and expired prescription medications by taking them to the police department’s permanent drop […]

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March 7, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Police Warn of Catalytic Converter Thefts

Takoma Park police are warning city residents to protect themselves from theft. And the thieves’ targets are under cars. For the first six days of March, catalytic converters were stolen seven times from city cars. A catalytic converter is part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, and they convert pollutants into less harmful gases. If you […]

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January 25, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Police Find Improper Conduct in Six Internal Affairs Investigations

Six internal affairs investigation by Takoma Park police in 2017 resulted in findings of improper conduct that led to disciplinary measures, a police statement issued Thursday said. The measures taken were handled administratively and resulted in suspensions, loss of leave, written reprimands and assignments to classes to address specific issues, the statement said. Two complaints […]

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January 6, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Police Say Attempted Abduction ‘Did Not Happen’

Takoma Park police say an attempted abduction that was reported earlier this week “did not happen.” The police department’s statement, released Friday evening, said after an investigation, officers discovered that no abduction attempt occurred. The community meeting scheduled for Monday Jan. 8 in response to the initial report of the incident will still be held […]

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December 19, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Takoma Park Selects Next Police Chief

Antonio “Tony” DeVaul was selected as the City of Takoma Park’s next police chief. DeVaul, who is currently the Police Chief for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, will begin his first day with the city on Jan. 2, 2018. Takoma Park City Manager, Suzanne Ludlow, made the announcement Tuesday on the city’s website stating that […]

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