Montgomery County Police Department Marks 90-Year Anniversary Today

This blog entry was posted today to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Montgomery County Police Department. It was 90 years ago today that the MCPD was first established. Posing in front of Reed Brothers Dodge on July 4, 1922 Chief Charles Cooley, center, and his men of the first mounted unit of the Montgomery County Police Force, were on their first day of duty.

The Montgomery County Police Department was established on July 4, 1922, consisting of five officers and a Chief. Each of the officers was issued a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a .38 Smith & Wesson handgun, a black jack, law book and was allotted $300.00 a year for the upkeep of their motorcycle.

The Montgomery County Police Department has produced a commemorative book as they celebrate 90 years of service. This exciting new book will contain the history of MCP from 1922-2012, exciting historic accounts and stories, full-color portrait photos of current officers, personnel and retirees, division and unit awards, an In Memoriam Tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and more, with hundreds of historic and full-color photographs.

You can order the “Montgomery County Police Department 90th Anniversary Commemorative Book” on the Acclaim Press website.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

2 responses to “Montgomery County Police Department Marks 90-Year Anniversary Today”

  1. Clare Lise Kelly says :

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blogposts. I had recently come across the police motorcycle photo and didn’t realize where it was taken. Your publication and timeline are terrific and will be very useful for future reference. You might be interested in my book on historic sites in Montgomery County, Places from the Past.
    I look forward to following your blog.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Thank you Clare for visiting – and your kind words are much appreciated. Since I retired and began working on this blog I have found a new passion for local history I never knew existed. I visited your site and will definitely check out your book!

      Best regards,
      Jeanne Gartner

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