About Chief Gibson
Elliott W. Gibson, Sr. began his career in law enforcement with the Metropolitan Police Department, in Washington, D.C. During his career, Chief Gibson worked as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, evidence technician, patrol sergeant, supervisory police training instructor, Detective Lieutenant/ Branch Commander in Domestic Security, Organized Crime, and Vice Enforcement.
Chief Gibson was later promoted to Police Captain, where he was the Sector Commander of the First and Fourth Police Districts’. He managed the activities of over 400 uniformed patrol officers, detectives, vice enforcement investigators, community services officers, and the Asian Liaison Unit. He received numerous awards and commendations for his work in the community.
After his retirement in 2000, Chief Gibson was hired as the Director of Training and Development for the largest private security company in the world, Securitas Security Services. He was instrumental in developing training programs and delivering training to over 3000 security officers and managers, in five (5) states.
Later, the Chief became the Vice President of a large private security company and worked as a Federal Government Contractor with the Department of Defense, managing over 700 armed officers at 50 different locations. He managed profit and loss responsibility for the company.
Later, Chief Gibson would become the Director of Security and Public Safety for a large hospital system in Baltimore, Maryland. There, he managed 50 uniformed police and security officers.
Chief Gibson studied Criminal Justice at the University of the District of Columbia and the University of Phoenix. He graduated #1 in his Police Academy class. He attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia, the MPDC Drug Enforcement School, the Community Policing Management Seminar at Johns Hopkins University, Crime Scene Investigators School, Instructor Development School, and was an Adjunct Instructor teaching Business 101 at the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Gibson is a certified Emergency Manager through FEMA.
Chief Gibson is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FOP, the Retired Police Officers Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE), and a member of the Prince Georges County Police Chief’s Association.
It is the mission of the District Heights Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens of the City of District Heights we serve; to aggressively investigate and report criminal activity, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life.
Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.
Our motto, “to protect and to serve,” is not just a slogan; it is our way of life. We will work in partnership with the citizens who live, work, or visit our community and do our best, within the law, to solve community problems that affect public safety. We value the great diversity of people in both our residential and business communities and serve all with equal dedication.
The District Heights Police Department (DHPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for the City of District Heights. An agreement exists with Prince George’s County Police Department and the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office that outlines mutual aid assistance. Assistance is also provided by neighboring municipal agencies. The current Chief of Police is Elliott W. Gibson Sr. The current Chief was appointed on May 05, 2014, after the general election. The City of District Heights Police Department has an authorized strength of twelve (12) sworn police officers, and one (1) civilian Administrative Specialist. There are also three (3) non-sworn City Code Enforcement Officers.