District 6 opened on November 14, 1982. It serves the northern region of the County, and is bordered by Montgomery, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties. District 6 covers roughly 40 square miles, and has a population of about 82,300 residents. There are 85 employees assigned to the District who provide police services to the increasingly diverse communities of Beltsville, Calverton, and the non-incorporated portion of Laurel. The community is a blend of established, new, and planned residential neighborhoods; commercial/industrial areas; and home to several federal agencies, to include the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The incorporated City of Laurel and a portion of the incorporated City of Greenbelt are also within the boundaries District 6. The eastern anchor of the Inter-County Connector (ICC), which connects I-270/I-370 in Montgomery County to I-95/US 1 in Prince George’s County, lies within District 6.
A fundamental element of providing quality police service is a having a strong partnership with those that are being served. Through this partnership, we are able to work together to solve crime and affect positive change in our community. The support and cooperation of our community is what makes us successful.
District 6 works closely with its community partners on both the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) and the Business Advisory Council (BAC). The members of these councils offer advice and suggestions to the administration of District 6 in an effort to improve police service, enhance the quality of life for the residents of District 6, and enrich police-community relations.
The District 6 Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPS) has a variety of free outreach programs for the community. They include:
Neighborhood Watch The oldest and best known crime prevention tool for communities, Neighborhood Watch was established in the 1960s. This program teaches residents how to take proactive steps to reduce the likelihood that they will become a victim of crime. Information regarding both personal safety and home safety is shared with participants.
Coffee with the Seniors: Meetings are held at 1 pm on the 1st Thursday of every month at the Laurel Senior Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, Maryland. This forum is designed to share law enforcement and crime information with members of the community. Although this program is entitled “Coffee with Seniors,” community members of all ages are welcome to attend the monthly meetings.
Adult ID Program: This proactive program is designed to assist families in the event that an adult loved one goes missing. District 6 COPS officers, along with citizen volunteers, conduct informational sessions to educate families how to lessen the likelihood that their loved one may go missing. An Adult ID Kit, which collects vital information about participating adults, is provided to family members during each session.
Child ID Program: This program is for children of all ages. District 6 COPS officers, along with citizen volunteers, conduct informational sessions to educate both children and adults how to lessen the likelihood that a child will be abducted or go missing. A Child ID Kit, which collects vital information about participating children, is provided to parents and guardians during each session.
Explorers Youth Program: This program is for young men and women, ages 14 to 21, who have an interest in law enforcement. Participants must be enrolled in either high school or college, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. This not-for-profit program is chartered through the Boy Scouts of America, and insured through Learning for Life. The Explorers meet at the District 6 Station every Wednesday, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Jr. Investigators Youth Program: This program is for young men and women, ages 10 to 14, who have an interest in law enforcement. Participants must be enrolled in either elementary or middle school, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. This not-for-profit program is chartered through the Boy Scouts of America, and insured through Learning for Life. The Jr. Investigators meet every Wednesday, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at the District 6 Station.
Police Athletic League (PAL) Youth Program: This program is for young men and women, ages 13 to 18, and is designed to offer the extra guidance and mentoring that some of the youth in our community need. After school home work club, lectures from adult role models, basketball tournaments, and other athletic competitions are just a few of the activities that PAL participants engage in. PAL meets every Tuesday, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at the District 6 station.
“Precious Stones” Girls Youth Program An extension of our PAL Program, the Precious Stones Program is designed to offer guidance and support to female students at High Point High School. Participants are encouraged to make good life choices and realize their full potential. This program meets on Thursdays, during the school year, at 2:45 pm, in room 325.
The COPS Unit also coordinates neighborhood walks and biking events; please contact us for additional information.