The City of Gaithersburg is one of the most diverse cities in America and we are committed to welcoming, embracing and protecting all who choose to call this place their home.
Per General Order 628.1, Gaithersburg Police Officers will not investigate or make an inquiry relative to the immigration status of individuals during routine actions. Residents should feel free to contact the Gaithersburg Police Department on any matters of concern.
Please note that enforcement of immigration law within Gaithersburg is the jurisdiction of the federal government.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Trained operators are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m (excluding holidays). An online detainee locator system is available through the website.
Montgomery County offers the following resources related to immigration issues:
- Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center
- Community Guide for Immigrant Residents of Montgomery County (Translation: Spanish)
- Quick Start Guide for Immigrants in Montgomery County(Translations: Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese)
- Montgomery County Legal Immigration Services Providers
- Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council
- How Faith Communities Can Welcome our New Neighbors
Message on Immigration
In 2013, the United States Court of Appeals ruled that state and local law enforcement officers do not have the legal grounds to stop, detain, search, or arrest any individual based solely on an ICE civil warrant, unless they have been deputized by ICE to do so.
No officer in the City of Gaithersburg has been deputized to enforce federal immigration laws.
If you’re an undocumented immigrant in the City of Gaithersburg you do not need to fear the police. Officers will not detain or arrest undocumented immigrants for simply being undocumented.
Officers must have a separate and arrestable offense in order to arrest any individual who is the subject of an ICE civil warrant.
I encourage immigrants to report crime to the police and they can remain anonymous.
If people are afraid to have contact with the local police, they will not report crime, serve as witnesses, or tell the police what is going on in their neighborhoods. Without information from the community, investigating crime becomes difficult and crime levels rise.
To keep the city safe the police need the trust and cooperation of undocumented immigrants.
Chief of Police