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Police Policies & Procedures

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We hear your concerns...
Here’s what we want you to know about us

The Gaithersburg Police Department (GPD) will always strive to maintain excellence and professionalism in our service to the residents and businesses of our community. We know that it is not just our words but our deeds that allow us to earn your trust and respect. Our organizational culture embraces the principles of extreme ownership and the values of:

  • Service – Providing quality service and protection to all people in an efficient and competent manner, tempered with courtesy, compassion, and understanding
  • Integrity – Upholding the public trust through honest, consistent, and forthright interaction with all people, fostering an atmosphere of mutual trust and cooperation
  • Respect – Treating all persons with dignity and respect, by promoting equality and fairness, in upholding the constitutional rights of all people

With recent nationwide events involving the use of force bringing about a needed dialog about conduct and accountability, we want to use this opportunity to let you know what your Gaithersburg Police will and will not do to ensure safety in this community. The General Orders by which all GPD officers are held accountable to can be found here.

The Gaithersburg Police Department is here to serve all members of our community. We want to hear and address your concerns. We want to learn what’s important to you. We need to work with you as a partner to keep Gaithersburg a safe and desirable place in which to live.

Chief Mark Sroka

We De-escalate
We Use Only the Level of Force Necessary
We Exhaust All Alternatives
We Don’t Use Chokeholds or Strangleholds
We Warn Before Shooting
We Don’t Shoot at Moving Vehicles
We Have a Duty to Intervene
We Report All Uses of Force