Message From the Chief

On behalf of the men and women of the La Plata Police Department, I welcome you to our webpage. Thank you for your interest in one of Maryland's finest law enforcement agencies. The men and women of the La Plata Police Department diligently and faithfully fulfill their duties each day with a sincere commitment to making life safer for those who live, work, visit and trade in La Plata.

Our employees are committed to the core values of respect, professionalism, honesty, service, and integrity. Along with the support of Town management, our elected officials and other Town departments, we strive to provide a safe, small-town atmosphere in a growing suburban environment.

The police department and the community share in the responsibility for crime control and public safety. We recognize the importance of community partnerships as we strive to provide quality law enforcement services to the citizens of La Plata. As we deliver these services under a community government philosophy, the department consistently seeks to collaborate with citizens, business owners and community groups to better understand the nature of local issues and to develop mutual strategies. Our commitment to maintaining these partnerships enables us to better understand the needs of citizens, develop meaningful and cooperative strategies to solve problems, and provide the most effective and efficient response.

The Town of La Plata is a great place to live, work, trade and visit. I invite you to learn more about us and the opportunities we can offer as a Town and a police department. If I may be of any assistance, or if you want to learn more about us, please do not hesitate to contact me using the links on this page.

Carl Schinner
Chief of Police