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Program Description

  Patrol Services

The Patrol Services Bureau (PSB) is the single largest bureau within the Montgomery County Police Department and is truly the "backbone" of the department. The Patrol Services Bureau operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is responsible for the most contacts with those that reside, work and travel within Montgomery County. The Patrol Services Bureau currently consists of six (6) districts - Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Germantown, and Gaithersburg.

The Patrol Services Bureau consists of several specially trained units, including the District Traffic Units, Special Assignment Teams (SAT), District Community Action Teams (DCAT), and Community Services Officers (CSOs). The Patrol Services Bureau is responsible for providing priority and routine services to the public, directed at preventing, deterring and responding to crime throughout Montgomery County with the primary goal of building trust, and developing and maintaining strong relationships between the department and the communities we serve as part of its community policing philosophy. This is accomplished through:

  • Proactive enforcement aimed at recognizing problems and preventing criminal activity to prevent victimization.
  • Responding to calls for service regarding criminal situations and providing general (non-emergency/non-enforcement) public assistance.
  • Identifying victims of crimes and providing victim assistance.
  • Enforcing traffic laws with the specific goal of reducing traffic collisions while promoting traffic and pedestrian safety and education.
  • Educating the public in crime prevention methods.
  • Protecting students and facilities within the Montgomery County public school system.
  • Participating in community engagement efforts with the residents and business communities of Montgomery County to promote cooperative, transparent, and trusting partnerships.

Program Contacts

Contact Assistant Chief Darren Francke of the Department of Police at 240.773.5041 or Taman Morris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2771 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Percent of County residents satisfied with police services 1N/AN/A90%90%90%
1  Satisfaction scores from biannual countywide resident survey.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved121713011947.50
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-2699421-63.00
FY23 Approved119013590884.50