Henry P. Stawinski III, known as Hank, was appointed to the position of Chief of Police on February 17, 2016, after having served as Deputy Chief since September 11, 2011. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Prince George’s County Police Department, which serves 486 square miles and nearly one million residents along the eastern border of Washington D.C. From July 2013 through January 2016, Hank was responsible for the Bureau of Patrol to which approximately 1100 of the Department’s 1700 sworn members are assigned. Within the Bureau are the six current district stations with a seventh district under construction and set to open in the Fall of 2015. Also within the Bureau is the Special Operations Division which includes Aviation, Canine, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, three Emergency Services Teams, and the Marine Unit. The Bureau of Patrol manages a budget of $138 million, nearly half of the Department’s total annual budget.
His three prior assignments include serving as the Deputy Chief for the Bureau of Forensic Science & Intelligence, Chief of Staff to the Chief of Police, and Deputy Inspector General for the Department. In his 23 years of service, he has played a key role in the Department’s seven successful bids for accreditation, founded and supervised the Behavioral Sciences Services Unit, and currently leads the “Arrive Alive” officer driving safety campaign.
Hank holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and a Master of Science in Management from The Johns Hopkins University. He is an alumnus of both the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. He has also attended the negotiation program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the Police Chief’s Association of Prince George’s County. He is a past President of the Maryland Association of Police Planners. Hank lives in Prince George’s County with his wife of 15 years and their daughter.