INTERPOL Washington Visits District 5 Coffee Club
On November 2, 2016, the Maryland Prince George’s County Police Department’s District 5 Coffee Club met at the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center. The Club, a non-partisan public forum for the Prince George's County police COPS unit, citizens, business owners, other public offcials and organizations, addresses issues effecting the community. Staff from INTERPOL Washington attended the meeting.
Each week, during the Coffee Club, citizens of District 5 bring their concerns directly to the police officers and firefighters working within their District. Public figures, like the District 5 Police Commander and the County Fire Battalion Chief, are loyal attendees and provide valuable insight to citizens via informational updates that address their concerns.
The community outreach efforts of the Prince George’s County Police Department showcase inventive ways to engage the community. The Coffee Club is one of ten community outreach programs that the District offers. Other programs include:
- Community Advocates for Family and Youth
- Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T. of South County)
- The DISTRICT 5 Citizens Advisory Council (CAC)
- Judicial Watch
- Neighborhood Watch
- Police Athletic League
- Police Explorers
- Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
The Prince George's County Police Department supports INTERPOL Washington, the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), by providing a detailee to our State and Local Outreach Office. The current detailee, Sergeant William Heggs, facilitated the USNCB visit. Maryland is one of 12 states and the District of Columbia that participates in federation, allowing law enforcement agencies throughout the state full access to INTERPOL’s tools and services.
As the designated representative of the Attorney General, INTERPOL Washington serves as the national point of contact for all INTERPOL matters, coordinating international investigative efforts among member countries and the more than 18,000 local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States.