Laurel Police

Rich McLaughlin - Acting Chief of Police
Rich McLaughlin
Chief of Police



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Working in partnership with the entire community, the Laurel Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of police service to the citizens of Laurel by preventing crime, enforcing the law, and vigorously pursuing and arresting criminals. The Department will promote community safety by seeking solutions to any problem that creates fear or threatens the quality of life in the City of Laurel.

The Laurel Police Department is located at 811 5th Street, Laurel, MD  20707 and can be reached by calling our non-emergency telephone number 301-498-0092.

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Maryland's Cell Phone Use Ban (TR 21-1124.2)

  • Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland's cell phone law now prohibits a driver from using a cell phone while a motor vehicle is in motion.
  • Law enforcement officers can stop a driver solely for using a cell phone - no other offense is needed.
    • Drivers will receive a fine of up to:
      • $83 - First offense
      • $140 - second offense
      • $160 - third & subsequent offense
  • Nationally, 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.1
  • On average, more than 30,000 people in Maryland are injured annually as a result of distracted driving crashes.2

Maryland's Seat Belt Law

Effective October 1, 2013 Maryland has a primary seat belt law for front seat occupants AND a secondary seat belt law for back seat occupants.

  • Tickets can be issued to drivers and front seat passengers even if no other violation is observed.
  • Each person that is not buckled up (drive and passenger) may receive a ticket of up to $50 for not wearing a seatbelt.
  • In the case where any passenger under the age of 16 years of age is not buckled up, the drive will receive a ticket for each offense. For instance, if a driver is stopped and not wearing a seatbelt, and a passenger under the age of 16 is not restrained, the driver will receive a $50 adult seatbelt ticket for himself and a $50 ticket for the passenger.
  • Seatbelts save lives. Motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in a rollover crash if they are buckled up.3
  • For the period 2007-2011, 68,151 backseat occupants of passenger vehicles were involved in a reported crash in Maryland. Of these were 127 fatalities, 75% of which were reported to be unbelted. Additionally, there were 6,243 occupants who sustained a moderate or severe injury. Those who were reported as unbelted were 67% more likely to sustain a moderate to fatail injury.4

1. NHTSA, Distracted Driving and Driver, Roadway, and Environmental Factors

2. University of Maryland, Baltimore - National Study Center for Trauma and EMS

3. NHTSA, 2013 Click it or Ticket Fact Sheet

4. University of Maryland, Baltimore - National Study Center for Trauma and EMS

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Victims of Crimes . . .

  • States Attorney for Prince George's County 301-952-2703
  • Victim Support and Court Advocacy 301-952-0063
  • Sexual Assault Services 301-618-3154
  • Child Protective Services 301-909-2450 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) 301-699-8605 (After hours)
  • Adult Protective Services 301-909-2228 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) 301-699-8605 (After hours)


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Questions and Comments?


If you have questions or comments, or need information from the Laurel Police Department please call the Department's non-emergency number at 301-498-0092 or TTY via 711 (Maryland Relay).

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