Park Police FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Park Police? Looking for information on fines and traffic violations? Want to know how to request a copy of a Police Report? Interested in submitting a MPIA request?

Check our Park Police FAQs for answers to common questions for our Park Police.

How do I report a crime?

Please 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, yardwaste, 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, Any unique characteristics to help identify suspects
Description of Vehicles:
License number / State, Make, Model, Color

Fines/Traffic Violations

NOTE: 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.

What is a public record?

A public record is defined as the original or copy of any documentary material in any form created or received by an agency in connection with the transaction of public business. Included in this definition are written materials, books, photographs, photocopies, films, microfilms, records, tapes, computerized records, maps, drawings, and other materials.

Are all government records available for MPIA requests?

No. The MPIA attempts to balance the public’s right to access government records with other policies that respect the privacy or confidentiality of certain information.

For example, some public records are confidential under federal or state statutes, under court rules, or under various common law privileges such as attorney-client privilege and executive privilege. SG §10-615. The PIA itself also protects certain records from disclosure (for example, firearm records, criminal history, personnel records, and certain personal information in Motor Vehicle Administration records). In addition, some information contained in public records must remain confidential (for example, an individual’s medical information, confidential commercial information, and trade secrets). SG §10-616, 10-617. In some cases, these protections may be waived.

Other records may be withheld if the agency decides that disclosure of those records would be “contrary to the public interest.” Examples of records subject to discretionary disclosure include investigatory records, information related to academic, licensing, and employment examinations, and documents of a pre-decisional and deliberative nature. SG §10-618.

Is there a charge for obtaining records under the MPIA?

Yes, the PIA allows an agency to charge a “reasonable fee” for copies of public records. An agency may also charge a reasonable fee for searching for a public record – a charge that may include the time required for locating and reviewing the record. The first two hours of search time are free, but an extensive search may prove time-consuming and therefore expensive. Thus, it is in both your interest and the agency’s interest to ensure that a PIA request clearly and accurately describes the records sought. Agencies may choose to waive fees in particular cases. You will be notified about any potential fee prior to the PIA request being fulfilled.