Right now, PGPD patrol officers are fanned out across the county, serving and protecting the residents of Prince George’s County. Too often, their good work goes unnoticed. Here are the Patrol Officers of the Month for April.
District I Patrol Officer of the Month
On April 3rd, Officer Daniel Parrish responded to a call that a man had climbed onto the Annapolis Road overpass at the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. When he arrived, Officer Parrish saw that the man was dangling from the side of the bridge about to fall to the roadway below. Fearing for the man’s welfare, Officer Parrish cautiously approached him without being noticed. The patrol officer was able to grab the man’s wrists and pull him up to safety just as additional officers arrived on scene.
District II Patrol Officer of the Month
On April 16th, Police Officer First Class Christopher Basabilbaso conducted a traffic stop on Joyceton Drive. The car’s exhaust was dragging on the ground. When the patrol officer walked up to the car, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana and saw a lit marijuana cigarette in the ashtray. A search of the car revealed a large amount of marijuana, crack cocaine, other illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. The driver was arrested.
District III Police Officer of the Month
On April 6th, Officer Latasha Allen responded to the 2300 block of Brightseat Road and saw a suspicious van parked near a dumpster and three men walking away from it. When Officer Allen went to investigate, she detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the van. A search revealed a large amount of marijuana and PCP as well as drug paraphernalia. The three men were arrested.
District IV Patrol Officer of the Month
On April 19th, officers were called to an armed robbery at a convenience store on Allentown Road. When patrol officers arrived, a lookout was immediately broadcast for the suspects and their car. Officer Michael Visbal heard the lookout and responded to the area to canvass possible escape routes. Ten minutes later, Officer Visbal spotted a car matching the suspects’ car with four passengers on Indian Head Highway near Palmer Road. Officer Visbal conducted a traffic stop. An investigation confirmed the passengers and the car were linked to the robbery. A handgun was recovered in the car. The four suspects were taken into custody.
District V Patrol Officer of the Month
On April 15th, Officer Kyle Negrin conducted a traffic stop on a car speeding on Woodyard Road. As he approached the car, he detected a strong odor of marijuana. Officer Negrin asked the two occupants about whether either had any illegal drugs or weapons. They replied no. A check revealed both had open warrants. Once backup officers arrived, a search of the car revealed a loaded gun and marijuana. Both suspects were arrested.
District VI Patrol Officers of the Month
On April 14th, patrol officers were dispatched to the area of Baltimore Avenue and Montgomery Road for the report of a shooting. Corporals Carlton Dean and Edward Miles arrived quickly on the scene. They spoke with a victim who said his car had been struck by a stray bullet. The victim was able to describe the two cars involved in the shooting. A lookout was broadcast. Additional officers who arrived on the scene began to canvass the area and find a car matching one of the suspect’s cars.
A traffic stop on that car was conducted but no weapon was found. Convinced this was one of the cars involved in the earlier shooting, Corporals Dean and Miles began to search the immediate area. Their efforts paid off. A loaded weapon and shell casings were found nearby.