Mayor Craig A. Moe, and Police Chief Russ Hamill, are pleased to announce Mark Plazinski as the new Deputy Chief of Police for the Laurel Police Department. Deputy Chief Plazinski was sworn in on December 7, 2020.
“We are excited to have Deputy Chief Plazinski join the ranks of the Laurel Police Department. He is a very well-respected law enforcement professional and I look forward to working with him to help move the Laurel Police Department to even greater heights. I believe the City, the citizens of Laurel, and the women and men serving this community on the Police Department will be well served by Deputy Chief Plazinski and I look forward to the future.”, Chief Hamill said.
Plazinski, who is a lifelong resident of Maryland, served for 26 years as a law enforcement officer for the Montgomery County Police Department. Throughout his time with Montgomery County, he was afforded the opportunity to work across the entire department in all facets of policing. Most recently he served as the District Commander of the 5th District, overseeing over 140 sworn personnel and directing the daily operations of the District Station. He has dedicated his career in working to improve community relations with all members of the community and built strong partnerships with various levels of government, schools, community leaders, and citizens.
Plazinski moved up through the Montgomery Police Department ranks and served in numerous leadership roles to include, Director of the Criminal Investigations Division and Director of the Training and Education Division. He served in numerous positions including Lieutenant for the Management Services Bureau, Deputy Commander of the 6th District, Sergeant for the Training and Education Division and Sergeant for the Special Victims Investigation Division to name just a few.
Deputy Chief Plazinski is a graduate of Towson State University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, where he graduated Suma Cum Laude. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He attended the Anti-Defamation League Advanced Training School, Advanced Training on Extremist and Terrorist Threats as well the Leadership in Police Organizations Training Program.
Deputy Chief Plazinski has two children and in his spare time can be found enjoying many outdoor activities. Deputy Chief Plazinski also served the country spending four years in the Navy.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Laurel. I look forward to meeting the officers, residents, business owners and all of the people who visit and work in the city. I am grateful to become a part of this department as it has a great reputation in the region and am eager to start building relationships within the community.”, Deputy Chief Plazinski said.
The Mayor and City Council, along with Chief Hamill, wish to extend a very warm welcome to Deputy Chief Plazinski and his family to the Laurel Police Department family and the City of Laurel community.