Rich McLaughlin, Chief of Police

Rich McLaughlin

Chief of Police

A Message from Chief Richard McLaughlin

Welcome to the Laurel Police Department’s homepage. I have had the pleasure of serving the citizens of Laurel for many years now, and I am truly honored to continue that service as your Chief of Police.

Our agency has been on the cutting edge of new policing technologies and strategies, which I will continue to make a priority. We have embraced officer worn body cameras for years and our program has served as a model for agencies nationwide and in fact has received world-wide media attention. We have outfitted cruisers with AED units to help save lives and we’ve introduced new comprehensive training concepts covering incidents from active shooter scenarios to dealing with mentally ill persons.

Partnerships with the community are vital to keeping Laurel safe. To that end I have placed an emphasis on community policing initiatives and created the Chief’s Citizen Advisory Board to provide valuable feedback and suggestions from the citizens. Also, during construction of our new state of the art police station we pushed to add the Partnership Activity Center to strengthen our bond with the community through a shared space for activities. We’ve also taken to new avenues to communicate with and relay important messages to our service area, including Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

Laurel is also a thriving business town, and we’ve seen an increase in new development recently such as the Laurel Towne Center. Our police officers know how important it is to create a safe environment for residents and visitors who visit local eateries and shops. So from stepping up movie theatre security to conducting focused patrols and security surveys, we regularly collaborate with business leaders, school principals, and members of the clergy to make sure Laurel remains a premier destination for work, play, and live.

As Laurel continues to grow and change, our department will continue to adapt and meet new challenges head on. We value your input on achieving our mission; please complete our survey and let us know how we’re doing and how we can improve, also feel to subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

Thank you.

About the Chief

Richard McLaughlin is a 28 year veteran of the force who began his career with the City of Laurel in 1986 as a civilian Police Communications Specialist.  In late 1987, he transferred to the sworn component and became a police officer where he attended the Prince George’s County Police Academy.

During his tenure, Richard has worked in or been involved with every component of the Police Department.  A large majority of his career was spent in the Investigative section.  He has served as the Commander of Investigations, Patrol, and Administration.  Richard was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2006.

All of his adult life has been dedicated to Public Safety; Richard is a life member of the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, which he joined in 1985.  He has received a large number of commendations and awards with both agencies. He is an active member of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Prince George’s Police Chiefs Association, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, as well as a number of other organizations.

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The Laurel Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service to the City of Laurel citizens by aggressive Crime Prevention and vigorously pursuing and arresting criminals.