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MCPD Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program


An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that can stop an irregular heart rhythm following sudden cardiac arrest by delivering an electric shock through the chest to the heart. Cardiac arrest can lead to death if it’s not treated promptly. An AED improves the chance of survival from cardiac arrest when used as part of a program that combines prompt delivery of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with defibrillation. The Montgomery County Police Department currently has a total of 308 automated external defibrillators (AED). There are 205 AED deployed with trained police officers throughout all six police districts, across a variety of operational periods. Eighty (80) AED are assigned to the department’s specialized units and/or vehicles (e.g., the duty commander, Special Operations, etc.). A total of 23 additional AED is assigned to county facilities.

The MCPD AED program is managed by officers in the Special Operations Division’s Emergency Services Unit, which oversees the use, purchase, and maintenance of the AEDs for the department. The graph below highlights the total number of times an AED has been used by a MCPD officer and how often the AED was used successfully. Year-to-date (through March 2019), officers have deployed an AED four times already.

Montgomery County Department of Police · Marcus Jones , Acting Chief
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive · Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Non-emergency: 301.279.8000
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