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At a recent meeting of The Greater Prince George’s County Business Roundtable, Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski shared the following statements (video above) on the county police department’s immigration policy and informed members and guests of the video the department produced (below) to share with the county community on the subject. Chief Stawinski also reported on reduction in crime, national awards, recruitment by other departments, the impact of former Police Chief Mark A. Magaw and former County Executive Rushern L. Baker III on today’s department and a vision for the future.
Below is an excerpt from Chief Stawinski’s remarks to the Roundtable, its guests and the county community:
“I have released a video making it abundantly clear what the position of our department is based upon the executive’s leadership…that video I would like for you all to look at and to disseminate but it makes it abundantly clear that we never have enforced immigration law as a police department - that’s not a criminal matter. The courts have found that that’s a federal matter. And federal authorities who I work with and respect and travel the world with - that’s their responsibility. There’s no tension between us. there’s no agent of our government who’s not going to get my help and support… [but] we have different responsibilities. It’s just that simple.”