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Marc Yamada Sworn in as Chief of Police

Chief Marc Yamada
Chief Marc Yamada

Gaithersburg, MD - Marc Yamada was sworn in as the 18th Chief of Police for the Montgomery County Department of Police in a ceremony attended by his wife and two of his four children. Chief Yamada was sworn in by Karen Bushell, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, in the presence of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and several members of the department’s executive staff.

Having served most recently as the Assistant Chief of the Field Services Bureau, Chief Yamada brings 35-years of experience to the role and a commitment to public safety. He succeeds Chief Marcus Jones, who retired after 38 years of dedicated service to the department.

"I am deeply honored and privileged to serve as the Chief of Police for Montgomery County," Chief Yamada expressed following the ceremony. "I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the community and my colleagues, and I look forward to continuing our department's mission of ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents."

Chief Yamada is known for his leadership in implementing community-oriented policing strategies. His appointment signifies a new chapter in the department’s history, promising continued excellence and innovation in policing."

County Executive Marc Elrich welcomes Marc Yamada as the new Chief of the Montgomery Countc Police Department (MCPD). "I want to welcome and congratulate Marc Yamada on being confirmed as the next chief of the Montgomery County Police Department. Assistant Chief Yamada has had a distinguished career within MCPD and brings a wealth of experience, including as a commander in Wheaton, where he grew up. Assistant Chief Yamada has a deep understanding of our community and its needs. His background, dedication and vision make him the right person to lead the department at this critical time."

"I want to thank Chief Marcus Jones for his leadership over the last five years and nearly four decades of dedicated service to MCPD, which the Council and I honored this week with a proclamation. Chief Jones has guided our police department through numerous challenges, such as COVID-19, the protests and calls for police reforms following the murder of George Floyd, MCPD’s participation in the response to the January 6 insurrection and the shooting at Magruder High School. He has led us through these trials while addressing deficits in police staffing and recruitment."

"I wish him well with his new responsibilities as head of security and compliance for Montgomery County Public Schools and I am looking forward to continuing our collaboration on school safety."

Police Chief Marcus Jones Announces Retirement


Chief Marcus G. Jones

After a 38-year career, Chief Marcus G. Jones has announced his retirement from the Montgomery County Department of Police (MCPD), effective Monday, July 1, 2024. Chief Jones is a respected leader, who has tirelessly served Montgomery County with unwavering commitment and dedication. Throughout his tenure, he has played a pivotal role in enhancing public safety, implementing innovative policing strategies, and fostering positive relationships between MCPD and the community. Read the full Press Release. Please Contact Us if you would like to participate MCCAAA's committee to thank Chief Jones for his tenure.

The Montgomery County, Maryland Citizen Academy began in 1994 and is an extension of the Department's community policing efforts. Citizen Academy participants learn how the police department works, and gain a better understanding of what the department does and what is required for police officers to effectively perform their duties. Those interested in learning more about the Montgomery County Citizen Academy and applying for future sessions may contact Sergeant John Mullaney at 240-773-6900.

The Montgomery County Citizen Academy Alumni Association (MCCAAA) is for graduates of the Citizen Academy and holds monthly meetings with speakers on subjects relating to public safety in Montgomery County, Maryland. MCCAAA is a 501 (c)(3) organization, which means it is a charitable organization, eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

MCCAAA holds monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month, from September through May. Meetings take place at the Public Service Training Academy, 9751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg. All meetings begin at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. There are no meetings during the summer.

If for any reason Montgomery County Public School evening activities are cancelled, the MCCAAA meeting for that evening is cancelled.

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