(LARGO, MD – April 24, 2021) – Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks released the following statement today after the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Prince George’s County Police Lieutenant Edward Finn:
“We want to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for conducting a thorough investigation and working to ensure officers like Lieutenant Finn are being held accountable for abusing their authority and eroding public trust. When we first heard reports that there may be an active investigation, we reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and we have been fully cooperating.
While we don’t have all the details following today’s announcement, we do know there are still issues that we must address in our Department, and that new policies and new leadership are needed. That’s why we look forward to welcoming our new Chief of Police, Malik Aziz on May 9th and I have asked for and accepted the resignation of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Public Safety and Homeland Security Mark Magaw. I have also been advised by Acting Chief Velez of his retirement. Acting Chief Velez will no longer be part of the leadership team, effective May 7th. I want to thank DCAO Magaw and Acting Chief Velez for their service to our community. We will announce an Interim DCAO next week.
As County Executive and as a Prince Georgian, I share the disappointment and anger of many in our community regarding yet another negative incident within our Department. I want to be clear that we are in a period of reformation within our Department and we will continue to operate with transparency and urgency to address the many challenges that we confront as they arise. Unfortunately, the issues that we are confronting are systemic issues that did not start under my Administration, but I am going to do everything in my power to ensure that they end under my watch. We will continue implementation of our 46 police reform recommendations, expanding our body-worn camera program, and look forward to the arrival of a new Chief of Police who will introduce a renewed focus on transparency, community policing and accountability.
I believe with new policies and leadership at the top, and the reforms that we are continuing to implement in our Department, we have the fresh start we need to continue moving forward with making our Department a model for the nation. I want to thank the many men and women of our Police Department who honorably serve our community each day. The actions of officers like Lieutenant Finn do not reflect their desire to serve our residents and continue working hard to build trust between our Department and the community.”