District 1 was the first police district of the Prince Georges County Police Department which was created in 1931. The District 1 station was originally located at 5200 Rhode Island Ave in Hyattsville, and it was eventually relocated to 5012 Rhode Island Avenue in 1939 where it was the home of our officers for 51 years. The current District 1 station, which opened in 1990, is located at 5000 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville and is one of the buildings within the Hyattsville Judicial Complex. Also included in the complex is the second District 1 station, which is now the County Services Building and the District Court of Maryland. District 1 is home for approximately 170 patrol, COPS and enforcement officers as well as 45 detectives from the Regional Investigation Division. Additionally, the Prince George’s County Record Management Section is located on the third floor of the District 1 station.
District 1 encompasses a 36 square mile area making it the second smallest patrol area in the County. The population within District 1 is in excess of 215,000 making it the most densely populated patrol district as it contains almost 25% of the county’s 863,500 residents. District 1 is also the most diverse patrol District 1n the county with residents from dozens of nations. Within District 1 there are 16 municipal governments and 14 of them have their own police departments. Municipalities within District 1 include: Bladensburg, Berwyn Heights, Cottage City, Colmar Manor, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Mount Rainier, Greenbelt, Greenbelt, Cheverly, Riverdale Park, University Park, College Park, New Carrollton, Edmonston, and Hyattsville. Also within the Borders of District 1 is the Flagship University for the State of Maryland. The University of Maryland, College Park, brings in excess of 26,000 additional residents to District 1 for 8 months of the year. Neighboring governments to District 1 include Washington, DC to the East and Montgomery County to the North. District 1 also borders District VI (Beltsville) and District 1I (Bowie) north of the Capital Beltway and District 1II (Palmer Park) east of RT 50. In addition to the municipal police departments, those that live, work, play or travel within District 1 may see officers from Maryland State Police, United States Park Police, Metro Transit Police and Maryland National Park and Planning Commission Police as they all have areas of jurisdiction with police District 1.
In addition to patrolling the communities within District 1 our COPS (Community Oriented Policing Section) officers are actively engaged with over three dozen community groups. The collaboration between the COPS officers and community leaders has lead to improved working relationships and a better understanding of the issues within each community. We work with community groups individually and collectively through shared meetings at various locations and times each week. The meetings allow for us to share crime issues with residents and for the residents to bring their concerns to our attention.
District I has a Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) which is comprised of community leaders throughout the District and selected by the command staff. The Council serves as direct advisors to the Commander and are partners with agency dedicated to improving the quality of life within the county. The Council provides valuable information to the Commander and is involved in the design and implementation of various crime reduction strategies, throughout the District. Our Council meets monthly and attends various events throughout the year.
In addition to the CAC District I facilitates other community meetings to hear from involved citizens. The District I Coffee Club meets every Wednesday (every other Wednesday during the summer) @ 9:00 PM at Jason’s Deli at 7356 Baltimore Ave College Park, MD. The District I Tea Time meeting is on the second Thursday of every month @ 6:30 PM and is held at the Fire Services Building at 6820 Webster Street Landover Hills MD. These meetings are open to the public and allow for community members to interact with officers and provide information about their community.
Our officers also engage youth with the Prince Georges County Police Explorers program. The Explorer’s program is the police equivalent to the Boy Scouts and similar to a high school Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program. Members of the Explorer program receive training and participate in police related events in non-enforcement roles.
The officers and staff of District 1 work around the clock to provide the best possible police services to the District 1 community. We monitor crime trends and patterns to ensure our resources are allocated appropriately to reduce crime throughout the District. Our efforts and community involvement continue to pay off as we are experiencing historic crime reductions.