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Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin is pleased to announce the closure of a lengthy drug investigation completed by members of the Laurel Police Department.

Drug Arrest – Search and Seizure Warrant
February 22, 2011

On February 17, 2011, the Laurel Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, Special Crimes Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Division executed a Court-ordered Search and Seizure Warrant in the 100 block of Ninth Street. The warrant was executed without injuries to the Laurel Police Department officers or members of the general public.

Recovered from the residence was approximately quarter pound of Marihuana and a large quantity of drug paraphernalia. 

As a result of the investigation and the search warrant the following residents were arrested and charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua Thomas Walker, 21 years of age, Laurel, Maryland
Joseph Frankfort Locke 3rd, 18 years of age, Laurel, Maryland

Both Chief McLaughlin and Mayor Craig A. Moe are very proud of the work that the men and women of the Laurel Police Department are doing to protect the Laurel community and thank the public for getting involved to help solve crimes in the community.
If you wish to report suspicious activity or a crime contact Laurel Police Department Tip Line at 301-498-7645.

For Additional Information Contact:   
Chief Richard McLaughlin
Laurel Police Department
301-498-0092 

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City of Laurel Police Department Swears in 3 New Officers

Mayor Craig A. Moe and Chief Richard McLaughlin are pleased to inform the residents of Laurel that the Laurel Police Department swore in three new officers on Monday, January 24, 2011.

Newly sworn Police Officers, Aaron Waddell, Stephen Sarver and Zachary Barry, graduated from Southern Maryland Police Academy on January 21, 2011. With the swearing in of these three officers, that now brings the City of Laurel Police Department near its full contingent of 67 sworn personnel to 64.

Mayor Moe and Chief McLaughlin are pleased to welcome Police Officer Waddell, Police Officer Sarver and Police Officer Barry to the rank and file of the Laurel Police Department.

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January 10, 2011  - Additional Speed Cameras 

Mayor Craig A. Moe and Police Chief Richard McLaughlin announced the addition of several more speed cameras that are now a part of the City’s automated speed enforcement program. The program which provides automated enforcement in residential areas with speed limits of 35 mph or less and school zones no matter what the posted speed limit.

Mayor Craig A. Moe stated, “Safety is always a top priority in the City of Laurel and adding speed cameras will enhance our ability to protect our citizens from aggressive driving behaviors and assist us in enforcing traffic laws.” 

The speed cameras are portable and placed in areas where data indicates there are speeding problems in areas heavily utilized by pedestrians, particularly in areas designated as school zones.

These locations are both directions of Cherry Lane in front of the Laurel High School, both directions of 7th Street between Main and Montgomery Streets, adjacent to the rear of St. Mary’s Elementary School, and early next week on the South-bound side of Dorset Road between Woodbine Drive and the entrance to Scotchtown Hills Elementary School. 

The fine for violating the posted speed limit is $40.00 for each violation.  Violators traveling 12 miles over the posted speed limit will activate the speed camera which will result in a violation notice being issued via the US Mail.  All violators may pay the fine or request a court date to contest violation notices. 

Police Chief Richard McLaughlin stated, “It is not our intent to just issue tickets, but to make our streets safer.”  For more information, please contact the Public Information Officer, James Collins at 301-725-5300 ext. 2109.

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11/19/2010 Automated Speed Enforcement Program

Mayor Craig A. Moe and Acting Police Chief Richard McLaughlin announced the implementation of the City’s automated speed enforcement program. The City is now one of many jurisdictions in the Washington Metropolitan area to use automated speed enforcement to reduce traffic crashes, pedestrian accidents and save lives. The program will provide automated enforcement in residential areas with speed limits of 35 mph or less and school zones no matter what the posted speed limit. Speed cameras provide police with one more tool to protect pedestrians and other motorists by targeting aggressive driving behaviors.

Mayor Craig A. Moe stated, “Safety is always a top priority in the City of Laurel and adding speed cameras will enhance our ability to protect our citizens from aggressive driving behaviors and assist us in enforcing traffic laws.” 

The City of Laurel entered into an agreement with the Brekford Corporation to provide and maintain the speed cameras. The speed cameras will be portable and placed in areas where data indicates there are speeding problems and utilized heavily by pedestrians, particularly in areas designated as school zones.

The fine for violating the posted speed limit is $40.00 for each violation.  Violators traveling 12 miles over the posted speed limit will activate the speed camera which will result in a violation notice being issued via the US Mail.  All violators may pay the fine or request a court date to contest violation notices.  During the implementation of the City’s program, which will begin on Monday, November 22, there will be a 30-day period where only warnings will be issued.  After that period, fines will be issued to violators.

Acting Police Chief Richard McLaughlin stated, “It is not our intent to just issue tickets, but to make our streets safer.”  For more information, please contact Carreen Koubek, Acting Public Information Officer, at 301-725-5300 ext. 2109.

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11/18/2010 - Mayor Appoints Chief of Police

 

Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard P. McLaughlin as Chief of Police of the Laurel Police Department.  Mr. McLaughlin currently holds the position of Deputy Chief, and has served as Acting Chief since the departure of Chief David Crawford.

Deputy Chief Richard McLaughlin has served the City for over 24 years since starting his police career as a Dispatcher for the Laurel Police Department.  He has an impeccable record for public service as evidenced by his progression through all police ranks to the position of Deputy Chief. During his career he has served with distinction as a Police Detective.

Mayor Moe held several meetings with Deputy Chief McLaughlin about police work in general and the Laurel Police Department specifically.  He understands the Department’s history; and he understands the importance of maintaining and enhancing the Department’s reputation for high standards, excellent service, and community oriented policing.  Mayor Moe asked former Prince George’s County Police Chief, and current University of Maryland Police Chief, David Mitchell, to meet with Deputy Chief McLaughlin to discuss police work and police leadership in order for him to advise of his assessment of Deputy Chief McLaughlin’s credentials, police philosophy, and suitability for the role of Laurel’s Police Chief.  It is Chief Mitchell’s belief that Deputy Chief McLaughlin will be an outstanding Laurel Chief of Police and does not hesitate to recommend him for appointment to this position.  Mayor Moe also received many unsolicited telephone calls urging the appointment of Deputy Chief McLaughlin to the position of Chief of Police.

After exercising due diligence in researching his career, confirming his credentials, and speaking with many of Laurel’s citizens, Mayor Moe has decided to appoint Richard P. McLaughlin Chief of Police of the Laurel Police Department, effective December 1, 2010 and requested that this appointment be confirmed at the November 22, 2010 meeting of the Mayor and City Council.

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Archives

01/10/2011 - Additional Speed Cameras <read more>

11/19/2010 - Automated Speed Enforcement Program <read more>

10/10/2010 - Mayor Moe Announces the Retirement of Police Chief <read more>

09/09/2010 - Maryland's New Cell Phone Law <read more>

06/10/2010 - Laurel Police Department Offers Vacation House Checks <read more>

06/01/2010 - Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics 25th Anniversary <read more>

05/27/2010 -  Laurel Police eligible for Canine Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice <read more>