District 4 borders Washington DC and covers a 74 square mile area. District 4’s area starts at Route 210 and the Washington DC line and continues to the Charles County Line and continues west to Andrew’s Air Force Base, Allentown Road and Suitland Parkway. Police District 4 encompasses many communities, to include Accokeek, Hillcrest Heights, Fort Washington, Forest Heights, Morningside, Tantallon, Oxon Hill, Glassmanor, and many others. District 4 is also serviced by two Municipal Police Departments; the Morningside Police Department and the Forest Heights Police Department.
District 4 is divided into two patrol sectors, labeled John and King Sectors. Each Sector is divided into 6 smaller areas; labeled beats, for a total of 12 beats. Each working patrol officer is assigned a beat to patrol during his/her shift.
District 4 is comprised of approximately 175 sworn officers and 7 civilian personnel. District 4 also houses the Regional Investigative Division, whose investigators are responsible for investigating property crimes and crimes against persons. The patrol officers and investigators work together to apprehend perpetrators of all crimes.
The officers assigned to District 4 are committed to crime prevention and ensuring that the citizens have a safe community. All officers in District 4 are committed to the Department’s mission statement and serve with distinction and honor.
The Community Oriented Policing Officers (COPS) are assigned to each beat at District 4. The COPS officers attend civic association/neighborhood watch/home owner association meetings and provide the community with a direct link to the Police Department. The COPS officers are there to answer community concerns and address community problems/issues.
The Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) is a dynamic program that uses the resources of all the county government agencies to transform neighborhoods, by addressing all the issues in a specific community, in regards to quality of life in that community. Oxon Hill/Glassmanor and Hillcrest Heights have been designated as TNI areas.
District 4 offers many programs and services to the community. The Police Explorer program is designed to give youth a positive role model and teach them about the police department. The Police Explorer program meets every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Oxon Hill High School. The Explorers are also very active in the community by assisting the Police Department at community events.
District 4 in partnership with the community hosts a Community Coffee Roundtable, which is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Clarion Hotel, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, at 10am. The Roundtable is a forum to enlighten the community about services offered by different facets of the County Government and other agencies. The Roundtable is also an opportunity for community members to network with each other. The Topics discussed at the Roundtable change for every meeting, based on the needs/requests of the community.
District 4 participates in the Volunteering in Policing (VIPS) program, which allows citizens to help with the administrative work that takes place within a District station. District 4 has approximately 5 VIPS that assist with the day to day operations at District 4.
District 4 participates in the annual Unity in the Community walk which partners with the Metropolitan Police Department and citizens from District 4 and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the walk is to show the unity between the two jurisdictions and the commitment between both communities to reduce crime. The walk takes place on Southern Avenue and ends with a community gathering in the Eastover Shopping Center. The walk occurs annually in September.
The Commander at District 4 understands the partnerships needed between the community and the police department, to address crime/community issues. The commander understands that the community’s eyes and ears are needed to assist the Police Department. The community has a great deal of knowledge and information that can assist the police department in attacking the root causes of problems/issues that plague a community.