Police chief pens open letter following death of officer

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PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. – The Prince George’s County Police Department lost officer Kevin Brooks, 44, to a car crash Tuesday.

Police say Brooks was a 12 year veteran of District IV who touched many lives and helped guide many careers at the department.

Chief Hank Stawinski wrote the following open letter of gratitude Wednesday.

“To all of the Men and Women of Public Safety, particularly in Northern Virginia, who treated us with dignity and respect and opened their arms to us in our time of need, I wish to extend my personal thanks and my thanks on behalf of the 1700 Men and Women of the Prince George’s County Police Department. We experienced the tragic and sudden loss of a young officer with a brilliant career in front of him.  All of this was exacerbated by the fact that it all unfolded outside of our home jurisdiction.  The processes of assisting family, bringing officers together, and informing community could have been challenging, but what we found was that we were welcomed, and we were, in every way that matters, at home.  For you to take the extraordinary step of lining the procession route from INOVA Fairfax Hospital all the way out I-66 in similar fashion to what we would do for our own was touching in a way that I can’t express.  You have my heartfelt thanks.  You have the thanks and the respect of the Men and Women of the Prince George’s County Police Department.”

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