Community Policing

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) is committed to constitutional policing that is fair and transparent and seeks to improve public safety and crime prevention through engagement initiatives. With the creation of multiple problem-solving partnerships throughout our diverse community, the MCPD has developed and maintained proactive solutions that enhance trust in our agency. Policing has evolved with the public's approval, respect, cooperation, and collaboration, often called "policing by consent." To maintain police legitimacy, police personnel must strive to be courteous, fair, and respectful. Public satisfaction with policing helps build and maintain community trust and confidence. Our department often asks similar questions about resources and policies during community meetings. Below are several links and guides that answer many of these frequently asked questions. Whether asked at your dinner table or during a public event, we hope you will find the information helpful and enlightening as we work together to ensure that the community's needs are continually served.

If you have questions not included in these guides, you are also encouraged to contact your local police district.

Community Outreach

COPE Trailer

  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE) Community Outreach

    • ​Religious institutions frequently request the Montgomery County Police Department, businesses, community members, and schools to present what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny Defend (ADD) TM strategy, provides strategies, guidance, and a plan with best practices for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of dynamic shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills. For further information, including how to sign up for a class, please contact the Community Engagement Division at [email protected] or call your local police station.  

CRASE Training


  • Hate-Bias Event Response - FAQs-English (Espanol)
  • MCPD Community Policing Efforts - FAQs-English (Espanol)
  • What to Do and Expect When Pulled Over by Law Enforcement - In 2021, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), published this article. The educational document is intended to guide the public to ensure a traffic stop is as safe and stress-free as possible for all involved.

Community Engagement Officer Program


  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    • Behavior Threat Assessment Teams
    • DARE program
    • Elimination of the School Resource Officer Program in 2021
    • Program Demographics
    • Program Overview
    • School Service Calls (SSCs)
    • Selection Process
    • Training
  • MCPS-MCPD Memorandum of Understanding 

  • Back to School Safety

Crisis Response Support Section

Peer Support Section