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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Park Police - FAQs

Contact Park Police, call 301-949-8010. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Answers to Your Questions

How do I report a crime?

Call 301-949-8010 to report anything that seems “out of place” or occurring at an unusual time of day.

To report routine maintenance issues such as broken equipment, grass cutting, etc., please call Montgomery Parks Customer Service at 301-495-2595.

Suspicious events to watch for and report

Screaming, yelling, or fighting
Someone peering into parked cars
People in the park after hours (unless the park is designated for night-time activities)
People loitering in the park
The sound of breaking glass or any loud explosive noise
Dumping of trash, yard waste, or construction debris in the parks

Information needed when you call

  • What happened?
  • Where did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • Was anyone hurt?
  • Description of Persons:
    • Age,
    • Sex
    • Race
    • Weight
    • Height
    • Clothing
    • Unique Characteristics
  • Description of Vehicles:
    • License number
    • State
    • Make
    • Model
    • Color

Fines and Traffic Violations

Traffic violations written on a State of Maryland traffic citation cannot be paid at our office. Fine amounts and points are set by the State of Maryland and fines must be paid to the District Court. Parking violations and municipal infractions (adult civil citations) for park rules and regulation violations may be paid by mail or in person. Payment by mail may be made by check or money order – do not mail cash. Payments made in person may be paid by cash, check, or money order.

Payments should be made to M-NCPPC and sent or brought to 12751 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906

How do I request a copy of a police report?

Copies of police and motor vehicle accident reports on park property can be purchased from the Records Section, at 12751 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, Maryland, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $5.00. Reports require a minimum of five days from the date of the incident or accident before they will be available to you.

Privacy Act restrictions apply to many reports especially arrest reports. Only accident reports can be mailed. All other reports must be picked up in person by a “party of interest” (named in report) or their legal representative. For additional information, please call 301-929-2710.

How do I claim property/vehicles?

Found property is held for 90 days within the Property Section and may be claimed by calling 301-929-2764. Evidence property will not be released without the written authorization of the police officer or investigator assigned to the case. Vehicles seized for drug activity or for evidence processing will not be released without the investigator’s authorization. The investigator will contact the vehicle owner and advise of the release procedures. Vehicles impounded for any other reason are taken to the tow company’s lot. Information on release procedures is available by calling 301-949-8011.