(LARGO, MD – March 26, 2021) – Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced today that, following a national search that spanned nine months, she has selected Malik Aziz as the next Chief of the Prince George’s County Police Department. Aziz is currently a Deputy Chief in the Dallas Police Department in Dallas, Texas, and has been with the Dallas Police Department for 29 years.
“I am pleased to announce Deputy Chief Aziz as the next Chief for our Department. Mr. Aziz stood out as an individual who is reform-minded and has always placed an emphasis on the importance of community policing,” said Alsobrooks. “As we work to reform our Police Department, he is the individual we felt was suited to take this Department into the future as we work to become a model for the nation.”
Aziz joined the Dallas Police Department in 1992 as a patrol officer. He worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2008. Some of Deputy Chief Aziz’s supervisory history within the department include: Major of Police (Night Commander); Major of Police (Division Commander); Asst. Chief of Police (Bureau Commander); Deputy Chief of Police (Division Commander); Administrative Commander, Lieutenant of Police; Patrol Commander, Lieutenant of Police; Traffic Division Commander, Lieutenant of Police; Communications Commander, Lieutenant of Police; Sergeant of Police – Patrol and Administrative; Sergeant of Police – Anti-Crime Unit.
Throughout his extensive career, he has always had a focus on interactive community policing and maintained a strong record of crime reduction in the divisions he oversaw. He has also served as a Commander coordinating security logistics for a number of major events, including the Bush Presidential Library Opening/Dedication and the Texas State Fair, which includes over 3.5 million attendees in a three-week span. Aziz served as the Board Director of the Dallas Police Athletic League for seven years, serving over 25,000 children in the community during his tenure.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Prince George’s County Police Department, and I want to thank County Executive Alsobrooks for this opportunity to serve the Prince George’s County community,” said Deputy Chief Aziz. “Community policing and reducing crime are one and the same, because policing is a public service. I promise to be a Chief that will be approachable, highly visible and willing to listen to the officers of this Department and the community, producing the kind of police service that this community expects and deserves.”
Aziz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas. Aziz is also the former National Chairman and Executive Director of the National Black Police Association. He was also a presenter to the President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing and served as a Board Member on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Finally, he is a recipient of the NAACP Joe Bagby Law Enforcement Leader Award.
“I would like to also extend my sincerest thanks to Interim Chief Hector Velez for accepting my request to serve as Interim Chief as we underwent our search,” said Alsobrooks. “Chief Velez has been a dedicated member of our Department and led with honor and distinction since July 2020. We have been incredibly fortunate to have him guide our Department during this unprecedented time.”
The County hired a talent acquisition firm to conduct the national search. The process began with a six-week community survey in English and in Spanish, which was circulated to the public in the form of newsletters, social media and the government website, to learn what the public wanted to see in its next chief. In the fall, the firm began conducting additional community outreach in the form of virtual meetings and conference calls to include: a focus group with PGPD majors; a focus group with the Police Reform Work Group leadership; virtual meetings with HOA and civic associations; meetings with members of the County’s faith community; and meetings with leadership of the Prince George’s County Council.
“Although a loss for our Department, this is a great achievement for Malik and a gain for Prince George’s County. I wish Malik the best and am hopeful to collaborate with him around the Major Cities Chiefs Association table,” said Chief Eddie Garcia, Dallas Police Department.
Aziz will begin with the Prince George’s County Police Department as Interim Chief on May 9, 2021. Interim Chief Velez will continue serving in his present capacity until Aziz relocates to Prince George’s County.