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McSwain to Take Over as Chief of Park Police

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has announced the appointment of Darryl McSwain to Park Police Chief for the Montgomery County Division effective on Monday, May 7.

Chief McSwain is a 30-year veteran of the Montgomery County Department of Police. Most recently, in the Assistant Chief position, McSwain led the Field Services Bureau which consists of County Security, Media Services, the Crisis Response & Support Division, Animal Services, and Traffic Operations. Previous assignments have included Supervisor of the Community Outreach Section, Investigative Services Bureau Administrative Supervisor, Deputy Commander of the 3rd District, Director of the Internal Affairs Division, Commander of the 1st District Station, Director of the Special Operations Division, and the Patrol Services Bureau Chief. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

“I am honored to have been chosen by the Commission to serve in the capacity of Police Chief,” said McSwain. “I have always been impressed with the professionalism of the Park Police staff and look forward to leaving one great team to join another.”

“Chief Darryl McSwain’s entire career has involved working with the community in a manner that celebrates diversity and strengthens the police/community partnerships. Chief McSwain brings outstanding leadership skills, extensive experience and an unparalleled work ethic to the department,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery County Department of Parks. “I could not be more pleased to be bringing Chief McSwain onboard to lead the Park Police.”

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police was founded in 1954 by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). It has grown into a diverse police department with 117 positions – 95 sworn and 22 civilian personnel. Park Police operate 24 hours a day, seven days per week throughout the park system of Montgomery County. The jurisdiction covers 36,895 acres of land that accommodates over 14 million visitors each year. M-NCPPC property includes 421 parks, over 270 miles of trails, 290 playgrounds, swimming pools, campgrounds, golf courses, horse stables, soccer stadiums and stream valleys.

Chief McSwain obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and earned a Master’s Degree in Administrative Management from Bowie State University. He is a graduate of the F.B.I.’s National Academy and National Executive Institute. Chief McSwain also completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. He and his wife Sallye are the proud parents of four young adults and reside in Silver Spring.

“Chief McSwain brings integrity and experience to his new job,” said Chief Tom Manger. “He will ensure that the law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County continue to work together effectively for the benefit of all of our residents. The Commission made a great selection.”

On April 24, the approved the County Executive’s appointment of 3rd District Commander Marcus Jones as the new Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau to replace McSwain. Chief Manger announced that Captain William Montgomery, former Director of the Special Operations Division, as the new Commander of the 3rd District (Silver Spring).