Police Chief Search

Searching for Our Next Chief of Police 

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is conducting a national search for a new Chief of Police to lead the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD). Hector Velez is serving as the Interim Chief of Police as the search is conducted. 

The County contracted with a talent acquisition firm known for their efforts to incorporate community input and engagement to assist with the national search, and the search firm is currently accepting applications from interested applicants. The position was posted on August 13, 2020 and the deadline for all submissions was October 30, 2020. 

View Job Posting 

Community Engagement 

With the intention of reaching as many residents as possible, a community survey was distributed, in both English and Spanish, via website postings, social media and email. Residents from across the County were invited to participate in this survey. The survey was open for response collection from July 14, 2020 until August 31, 2020. 

There were eight questions on the survey, with two questions being voluntary and one question that allowed an open response. In total, 3,546 Prince George’s County residents completed the survey. 

The survey results determined that trust, engagement, and personal connections between police and the community were the most pressing public safety issues. In addition, building and maintaining community relationships was the #1-ranked type of experience respondents believe the new police chief should bring to the job. Accountability for the actions of the department, a commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards, and a demonstrated concern for the community were the top leadership qualities described by respondents.

View Survey Report (PDF)

The search firm has also conducted community outreach efforts, including conversations with civic, religious, education and business leaders. 


  • July 2020 
    • Community survey opened
  • August 2020
    • Job description posted; begin accepting applications 
    • Community survey closed August 31
  • October 2020 
    • Job application closes October 30
  • November 2020 
    • Interview process begins 
  • December 2020 
    • Interview process continues
  • January 2021
    • Interview process continues