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Seat Pleasant Police Department

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Devan Martin

Chief of Police

Chief Devan A. Martin is a life-long resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland and has been drawn to public service since childhood.  He is a founding member of the Seat Pleasant Junior Police Program and was a member of the awarding winning Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff Explorers Program. Martin currently serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. As the youngest public safety executive in the state, his appointment is historic and has gained prominent attention.  Chief Martin has been instrumental in creating a department that unitizes data and the “internet of things” to effectively manage the city’s public safety operations. He is an advent believer that the community should determine the way they want to be policed. As a native of “A SMART City of Excellence,” he possesses a unique and invaluable understanding of the challenges facing the community. Chief Martin is a graduate of Largo High School and received his higher education at Anne Arundel Community College, Bowie State University, and The George Washington University Program for Public Safety Leadership. Chief Martin is the Co-Founder, of Stepping Stones 4 Change, a community-based organization that is dedicated to improving the community through engagement, empowerment, and education. Under his leadership, the Seat Pleasant Police Department is becoming a department that’s ENGAGES, EMPOWERS and EDUCATES the citizens as they move towards a Smarter and Safer community.

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The Seat Pleasant Police Department is committed to the protection of life, property, and public service to the citizens of Seat Pleasant. We are dedicated to those persons employed in and who travel to and through the City of Seat Pleasant. The Seat Pleasant Police Department values the quality of life while continuing to ensure public trust and cultural sensitivity while continuing to implement the community-oriented policing policy.

Vision

Our vision of the Seat Pleasant Police Department is a city, free from crime and the fear of crime, where people and police are working together to improve their neighborhoods. The City of Seat Pleasant Police Department is a first-rate organization, where solid values are deeply imbedded into every member; and where members work with the latest technologies and facilities. Employees are led by well-trained, attentive first-line supervisors and supported by community members, support staff, and work systems designed to enhance their effectiveness at all intervals. We envision a fully diversified organization that operates with clearly defined goals and objectives that are fully endorsed and ingrained at every level by its employees and the community. We envision a strong workforce of employees and community members who are proud of the organization and committed to continuous improvement.

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Crime Statistics

Table: Incident Counts by Year

wdt_ID Incident Type Year 2016 Year 2017 Year 2018
1 Accident 82 150 28
2 Assault 15 29 9
3 Auto Related 127 187 49
4 Breaking & Entering 22 28 4
5 Domestic 57 118 21
6 Homocide 1 0 0
7 Juvenile 1 0 0
8 Other Calls for Service 960 1763 387
9 Other Warrant Service 13 14 3
10 PGSO 22 2
Incident Type Year 2016 Year 2017 Year 2018
∑ = 1300 ∑ = 2291 ∑ = 501
Min = 1 Min = 0 Min =
Max = 960 Max = 1763 Max = 387

Chart: Incident Counts by Year

Polices & Procedures

Policies & Procedures

The Seat Pleasant Police Department, in compliance with Maryland HB 1016, has posted here its General Order Manual which we have adopted from the Prince George’s County Police Department. This document, as its title states, is general and fluid, so that it provides discretion according to the many varied situations encountered by police personnel, yet the ability to change with the laws of the land. We also have (redacted) removed those details that may compromise citizens and officers safety, as well as compromise tactical advantage, that would greatly reduce the SPPD’s ability to meet its obligations to reduce crime.

Property Information

If you need to retrieve any of your personal property that was taken by an Officer either for evidence or safekeeping the information is as follows:

Please contact our Administrative Offices at (301) 499-8700 Monday-Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm to ensure your property is available for release.

You must be the owner of the property to retrieve it with valid issued photo identification. Property owners may authorize another person to retrieve the property by providing a notarized letter signed by both parties stating the authorized person is allowed to retrieve the property on your behalf.

PROPERTY PICK-UP LOCATION:

Seat Pleasant Police Department

6011 Addison Road

Seat Pleasant, Maryland 20743

PROPERTY PICK-UP TIMES:

Monday through Friday

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:

Valid issued photo identification

Police case number, if available

Automated Speed Enforcement

The City of Seat Pleasant, Prince George’s County Maryland is operating an Automated Speed Enforcement Program (Speed Cameras). This Program includes the use of speed monitoring systems which photograph vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit by 12 miles per hour or greater, in designated school zones and designated Institutes of Higher Education areas listed in this record.  The City of Seat Pleasant began operation of all new camera locations with a 30 Day warning period.

In 2010 The City of Seat Pleasant, Prince George’s County, Maryland began issuing $40 violation (Fine) notices to the registered owners of vehicles that exceeded the posted speed limit by 12 miles per hour or more in these areas. This Program allows the movement of speed monitoring systems to various locations as directed by the Chief of Police.

The hours of operation for school zone enforcement are 6:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday – Friday. A school zone is an area within a half-mile radius of any school established by the City of Seat Pleasant, Prince George’s County and the State Highway Administration, pursuant to the Maryland Transportation Code 21-803.1.

The City of Seat Pleasant has used and/or intends to use speed monitoring systems at the locations listed below. This record is an advertisement of prior and new locations. All Maryland State Highways on this list are subject to approval by the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Failure to obey traffic signals is one of the primary causes of crashes at intersections. According to preliminary estimates by the Federal Highway Administration in 2001there were approximately 218,000 crashes at intersections that are caused by drivers who run red lights.

In an effort to remedy this national epidemic, The State of Maryland passed a law in April 1997 that went into effect in October 1997 (Transportation Article 21-202.1) that allows the use of Automated Enforcement by law enforcement agencies. Automated Enforcement detects and identifies violators of the law without the dependency of a police presence. This allows police officers to focus on other urgent community needs. In addition, Automated Enforcement is proven to reduce the number of red light violations by 40 percent.

As we continue to strive to reduce motor vehicle collisions, especially those occurring at intersections, the City of Seat Pleasant has implemented the latest new camera technology used for red light safety. These cameras have the ability to record multiple violations occurring at the same time. The cameras capture clear photos of the violating vehicles along with a video clip of the violations.

With this new technology, in addition to our current enforcement of the steady red signal, we will also conduct enforcement of the Maryland Traffic Law 21-202, right turn on red without stopping. These cameras only activate after the traffic signal has turned red.

Camera Locations:

Addison Rd and Central Ave

Addison Rd and Martin Luther King Jr. Highway

Addison Rd and Drylog St

School Locations:

Central High School:

6300 – 7000 Blocks of Central Avenue

Seat Pleasant Elementary School:

5000 -6500 Blocks of Addison Road

Seat Pleasant Elementary School:

5000 -6500 Blocks of Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy

Seat Pleasant Elementary School:

5000- 6000 Blocks of Seat Pleasant Dr.

Carmody Hills Elementary School:

5500 – 6800 Blocks of Seat Pleasant Dr.

Payment Information:

The City of Seat Pleasant does not take payments at our Police Department or City Hall. In person payments can be made at the payment center located at:

9418 Annapolis Road, Suite #104

Lanham, Maryland 20706

Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00pm

Payments can also be made over the phone by calling Customer Service at (866) 979-4824 or using the online citation payment website: www.onlinepaymentcitation.com.

In the event your citation is in the arrears and has been “flagged”, it will be necessary for you to pay the citation and then get a “VR-19” from the Seat Pleasant Police Department.

Emergency Preparedness & Operations Plan

Citizen’s Emergency Preparedness Guide Forward

The preservation of life, property, and the environment is an inherent responsibility of local, state, and the federal government. As part of the Prince George’s County Operational Area (which includes all properties, municipalities, utilities, transport systems, etc. which are located and operate with the boundaries of the county) the City of Seat Pleasant has adopted the County’s comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan which will guide our response during emergencies. Accordingly, the City shares responsibility both individually and collectively in the total emergency effort with-in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This ensures the most effective and economical allocation of resources as well as efficient intergovernmental operability.

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