La Plata Police Department

  • Agency: La Plata Police Department
  • Address: 101 La Grange Avenue, La Plata, MD
  • Chief:
Phone: 301.934.1500

La Plata Police Department is located at 101 La Grange Avenue, La Plata, MD. The La Plata Police Department phone number is 301.934.1500.

La Plata Police Department News

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The Men and Women of the La Plata Police Department salute the members of the United States military! Let us never forget those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

It is 9:00, is your vehicle locked. Remember, hide it, lock it, or lose it!

The La Plata Police Department (LPPD) Salutes Local Emergency Medical Services (EMS): In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized National EMS week to celebrate our nation's emergency medical workers. Local EMS workers make a difference in the La Plata/Charles County community everyday. Throughout the week LPPD Sergeant Robert Bagley, a certified tactical medical, spent time interacting and thanking local Charles County emergency medical first responders for their community service.

This Memorial Day Weekend please remember to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Remember, drive sober or get pulled over!

La Plata Police Department (LPPD) Traffic Safety Message: According to AAA, nearly 42 Million Americans will be traveling this Memorial Day Weekend. LPPD officers will be out looking for aggressive, impaired, and distracted drivers. So please remember to drive the Maryland Way this weekend, Gently!

Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Safety: Motorcyclist activity this weekend, please look twice - save a life!

La Plata Police Department Traffic Safety Message: Seat belt enforcement is underway across Maryland. Buckle up. Every seat, every time.

This evening La Plata police officers and explorers had the honor of participating in the annual Chick-fil-A La Plata - Military Appreciation Day. Officers had the opportunity to interact with and thank current and former members of the United States military and their families. A wonderful time was had by all!

May 20-26, 2018, is National Public Works Week. The men and women of LPPD salute the Town's Public Works Team. They work in all weather conditions pushing snow, fixing water main breaks, and collecting trash. The Public Works crews also assist LPPD during impaired driving checkpoints, block parties, cleanup days, and at the scenes of large vehicle collisions. They work hard to help keep our town clean and safe.

The men and women of the La Plata Police Department send their sincere condolences to the Baltimore County Police Department on the tragic loss of Officer Amy Caprio.

Earlier today, La Plata Police Department explorers along with explorers from Fairfax (VA) and Montgomery County Police Departments, Laurel Police Department, as well as the Harford County Sheriff’s Office participated in regional training to prepare for the National Exploring Conference. The national conference will be held at Purdue University this summer. Today's training focused on mock traffic stops, ASP baton, officer down and first aid, and motor collision investigation. Law Enforcement Exploring also known as Police Explorers is a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local law enforcement agencies. Founded on July 12, 1963, it is one of the Exploring programs from Learning for Life, a non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is generally available to qualified young adults who graduated 8th grade and are ages 14 through 21. If you are interested in LPPD's exploring program, please contact Sergeant Jason Posey, 301-934-1500.

La Plata High School's Prom Is Tonight - It Should be a Night To Remember! LPPD wishes all the prom goers a safe, fun, and memorable night. Please do not drive distracted and remember to always wear your seatbelt. Most importantly, never get in a vehicle if the driver is impaired. Here are a few facts about prom night and teen drinking that are cause for concern: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 300 teens have died in alcohol-related traffic accidents during prom weekends over the past several years. Statistics show that roughly one-third of alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur between April and June — the peak of prom and graduation season. A survey of teens aged 16 to 19, published by AAA in 2014, found that 31% to 41% of teens said it was likely that they or their friends would use drugs or alcohol on prom night. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens — roughly 25% of teen crashes involve an underage drinking driver. Every year, 1,415 people under age 21 die from alcohol-related crashes. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability — 1,764 people were killed in 2014 in alcohol-related crashes where the driver’s blood-alcohol level (BAC) was less than 0.08. NHTSA estimates that every day, 28 people in the U.S. die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash — that's one person every 53 minutes. While drunk driving fatalities have fallen by about 33% in the last 30 years, the chance of being in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three over the course of a lifetime. Drivers who mix alcohol and marijuana greatly increase their chance of an accident, because marijuana and alcohol together have “multiplicative effects” on impairment. More than 85% of teens say they or their peers are likely to drive impaired instead of calling their parents for help because they are afraid of getting in trouble. Just 21% of teens have called their parents to pick them up because they or their driver was impaired. SADD reports that during the past 30 days, 26.4% of teens (ages 12-20) used alcohol, and 17.4% engaged in binge drinking.

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES - Flood Warning for Charles County: The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has extended the * Flood Warning for... St. Mary's County in southern Maryland... Calvert County in southern Maryland... Southern Prince Georges County in central Maryland... Charles County in southern Maryland... * Until 800 PM EDT Friday. * At 1144 AM EDT, local law enforcement reported many road closures in the area with streams out of their banks and many still rising. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. * Some locations that may experience flooding include... Waldorf, Lexington Park, Chesapeake Ranch Estates, La Plata, Chesapeake Beach, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, Piney Point, Tall Timbers, Saint Inigoes Creek, Hallowing Point, Saint Leonard Creek, Town Creek, Sheridan Point, Saint Clements Bay, Saint Mary's City, Greenwell State Park, Breezy Point, Wicomico River and Saint Mary's River. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Maryland Independent Reporter Charlie Wright's story on LPPD's Officer of the Year.

Earlier today the Maryland Municipal League (MML) honored eleven 4th graders from around Maryland who won their districts "If I Were Mayor" essay contest. Proclamations were presented to each winner by Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford. There were over 3,000 essays submitted in the contest. Mayor Jeannine James and Chief Carl Schinner, along with dozens of other elected and appointed municipal officials were tasked to read and rank the essays. LPPD congratulates Benjamin Forsythe of St. Mary's Bryantown School who wrote the Southern Maryland District's winning essay on healthy living and fitness.

As part of National Police Week, the La Plata Town Council, at its work session last night, recognized PFC Philip Thompson who was selected as LPPD's Officer of the Year in 2017. PFC Philip Thompson's recognition was followed by a Council Proclamation for National Police Week.

This afternoon several La Plata police officers, along with our allied law enforcement partners from the Charles County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, and the Maryland Natural Resources Police Departments attended a Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The mass honored all first responders, including the 135 police officers who died in the line-of-duty in 2017.

Possible Severe Weather This Evening in La Plata. Please keep watch of the sky and tune into local radio/television for updates.

National Police Week/Memorial Day: On October 1, 1962, the United States Congress authorized and requested President John Kennedy to designate May 15th as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week." In 2017, 135 police officers died in the line-of-duty, including two police officers Maryland. The Men and Women of the La Plata Police Department honor and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their communities.

Lock It, Hide It, Keep It! Are your car door locked?

Happy Mother's Day from the Men and Women Of LPPD.

This afternoon the La Plata Police Department hosted a block party in the Agricopia neighborhood. Agricopia residents joined LPPD officers, town staff, and elected officials for an afternoon of fun, food, and games. Although it was a little warm, everyone had a great time.

The generosity of La Plata/Charles County residents is unmatched! Today, Sam and Betsy Graves, along with Autumn stopped by LPPD to deliver 25 Backpacks of Love from Trinity Episcopal Parish in Newport. The Blue-Ribbon Project-Backpacks of Love Program provides critically needed items to foster children within the first few hours of placement. The backpacks contain clothing, personal hygiene items, school supplies, and an age appropriate toy or game. Thank you, Trinity Episcopal Parish for being a difference maker is the lives of foster children/youth in Charles County and beyond! Photo L to R: Sam Grave, Chief Carl Schinner, Detective Reggie Godwin, Officer Bradley Smith, Betsy Graves/Autumn, Captain Christopher Becker, Sergeant Matthew Norris, and Corporal Robert Nielsen.

Counterfeit Currency Alert: Recently, several La Plata businesses have received counterfeit $100 and $20 bills. In an effort to assist La Plata businesses, LPPD officers have been handing out educational materials on how to recognize counterfeit currency and they also provided employees with a counterfeit detection pen. Protecting the La Plata Business Community from counterfeiters is an agency priority.