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Review of Pr. George's police employment

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto Hylton has convened a group of four police supervisors, a union official and a community activist to review the department's secondary-employment policies in the wake of federal charges against three officers charged with conspiring to import untaxed cigarettes and distribute narcotics.

In a news release, police said that secondary employment by one or more of the officers is believed to have contributed to their illegal activities.

Two of the officers -- Sgt. Richard Delabrer, 45, of Laurel, and Cpl. Chong Chin Kim, 42, of Beltsville -- were allegedly paid by a liquor store owner to guard the distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia.

Law enforcement sources said the two worked security part-time for the owner.

In a separate scheme, Officer Sinisa Simic, 25, of Woodbridge, was accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine and using firearms in drug trafficking. His secondary employment role is less clear.

Hylton said on the day all three were charged that he planned to review the security jobs that his off-duty officers work and force them to submit written requests for each location where they want to work. The forming of this group seems to be the first step in executing the review.

The group is composed of Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Davis, head of the department's Bureau of Patrol; Captain Mark Person, from District II; Lieutenant John Decker, from District I; Sergeant Charles Montgomery, from District IV; Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Dean Jones; and Concerned Citizens of Michigan Hills Park member Robin Allen.

"We have to really rein this back in," Hylton said when the officers were arrested. "I think we have to address the issue of greed."

Hylton said the group would provide recommendations to him, but he would be the final authority on enacting any changes. Anyone with suggestions is asked to e-mail Davis directly.

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 19, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
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