Takoma Police Accepted into Training Program to Reduce Misconduct, Mistakes

The Takoma Park Police Department has been accepted into a program to train officers in strategies and tactics to help law enforcement officers prevent misconduct and reduce officer mistakes, among other goals. The Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement Project, an initiative of Georgetown University’s Law Center, includes more than 60 other law enforcement agencies, along with statewide and regional training academies chosen to participate in the ABLE Project’s national rollout.

Takoma Police Department Accepting Applications for 2021 Community Academy

The Takoma Park Police Department is accepting applications for the 2021 Community Police Academy, which will be held virtually due to the pandemic. The academy is designed to help residents 16 years of age or older understand how officers go about doing their jobs. The classes will begin via Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and will be a 14-week long program of one class a week from 7 p.m.–9:30 pm.

County Police Arrest, Charge Suspect in Storage Unit Burglary

County police from the 3rd District have arrested Brady Santos, age 31, of Washington, D.C. and charged him with the burglary of Silver Spring storage units, the department announced. Officers responded to the Extra Space Storage facility located at 7722 Fenton St. for a burglary that had just occurred on Nov. 19.

In-Person Pickups Are New Twist in Grandparent Scam

Detectives from the Financial Crimes division of the Montgomery County Police Department are again warning residents of what is typically referred to as the “Grandparent Scam.” The scam has taken a new twist: Victims have collectively given over $48,500 in cash to a scammer that arrives at their home to collect the money.