Nine Prince George’s County police officers were given “Officer of the Month” awards for their specific actions that led to arrests during incidents in December.
In District 1, Police Officer John Quarless spotted a vehicle without working headlights Dec. 4 and while making a traffic stop, discovered that the driver, an alleged gang member, threw a revolver and ammunition out of the driver’s side window, according to county police.
District 2’s Officer First Class Harold Nichols and Officer First Class Marlon Carey went to a restaurant in Largo to investigate drug activity Dec. 5 and found two men inside the restaurant and patted them down outside, recovering a loaded handgun and marijuana. Inside the establishment, the officers found an additional 127 grams of marijuana with a street value of $2,500, county police said.
On Dec. 7, District 4’s Cpl. Decatur Thompson stopped a suspicious person and arrested him for giving false statements about the auto parts he was carrying. He was later linked to the break-in of an Auto Zone store, police said.
In District 4, Police Officer Justice Halsey was responding to an apartment robbery in Oxon Hill Dec. 25 when he spotted and arrested four suspects nearby. The suspects were linked to additional burglaries, police said.
County police said District 5 officers Julius Askins and Theresa Murphy were honored for responding to a breaking and entering in progress in Clinton. The officers spotted the suspect driving away and arrested the suspect, linking him the other burglaries as well.
In District 6, Officer First Class Dwight Prophet and Officer First Class Andrew Wallman responded to the report of gunshots Dec. 11 in Beltsville. After hearing shots in the area, the officers alerted a nearby school and the school was locked down. The officers made four arrests and recovered a handgun and 250 rounds of ammunition, according to county police.