Community Policing is a partnership with the community involving the full cooperation of citizens and community groups, and this unit acts as the primary point of contact for those groups. Through community meetings, citizen surveys, analysis of citizen complaints, and conversations with residents, officers learn what issues concern neighborhood residents most. The information enables the officers to better respond to the needs of the community and work together to find solutions to the problems.
Laurel Officers are available to meet with community groups, homeowners, and business associations to present advice on crime prevention and safety issues, as well as provide a means of feedback for the police department on community concerns. Use the contact information to the right to contact the Community Policing Unit.
This unit also handles specialized traffic enforcement which includes setting up DUI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols as well as managing traffic safety initiatives such as Smooth Operator, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Safety and Click it or Ticket. The CPU unit also manages and maintains the Automated Speed Enforcement Camera program for the City of Laurel.
Laurel Police Cops Camp
Laurel Police Cops Camp will be held this year from August 10, 2020 to August 14, 2020 from 9am to 4pm at Gude Park located at 8300 Mulberry Street in Laurel. The camp is available for children ages 6-13. The cost for this year's camp is $150 per camper. The five day camp allows the children to work closely with Laurel Police officers to learn about the various jobs and specialties of a police officer as well as allows for the children to interact with officers on a daily basis in a more casual setting. This year's itinerary includes topics such as K9, ERT (Emergency Response Team), Evidence Collection and Processing, as well as other fun topics. There is a maximum number of campers of 80 and registration will begin on May 1, 2020 *** (subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions)***
To register your child for Cops Camp, please print and fill out all three forms listed below. You can either send the forms to us or drop the forms off in person at our station. Be sure to include a check or money order for the registration fee. Please use the below address to send the forms for registration:
Community Policing Unit
811 Fifth Street
Laurel, MD 20707
For more information about the camp please contact Sgt. Boswell or Cpl. Johnson at 301-498-0092 or email [email protected].
Car Seat Installation/Inspection
Our Community Policing Unit currently has three officers certified to install/inspect your child's car seat. Installations/Inspections are no cost and are available by appointment only. Appointments are generally made for Wednesday afternoons and last about 45-60 minutes. Child car seats must be new or have a known history and not expired to be installed. Please contact the CPU unit at 301-498-0092 to schedule an appointment or email [email protected]. Please have the year, make, and model of your vehicle as well as the name and model of the car seat you would like installed available when calling to schedule or include that information in an email.
***Note: All in-person car seat installations activities are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Hogan's Executive Order. We are working on a Virtual Car Seat Assistance Program that will allow us to assist citizens with installation tips and techniques. In the interim, please feel free to call us or email us and we will assist as best we can. ***