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Posted on: December 21, 2018

Maryland-National Capital Park Police Surprise Local Family with Annual Secret Santa Giveaway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 17, 2018

IYANA MOORE 301-446-3313 - or – 

Photo Op: Maryland- National Capital Park Police and other law enforcement surprise a local family in need with generous Secret Santa event.


Maryland-National Capital Park Police Surprise Local Family with Annual Secret Santa Giveaway

Riverdale, MD - The Maryland – National Capital Park Police, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation, will be surprising a local family for the holidays with gifts for the entire family.

WHAT: M-NC Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, play Secret Santa for local family 

WHEN: Friday, December 21 at 6 PM (Need media to arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. for staging at Gold’s Gym parking lot, 1723 Ritchie Station Ct., Capitol Heights, MD 20743)

WHERE: Dave & Busters, 1851 Ritchie Station Court, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Presentation: Family will be treated to dinner at the Dave & Busters in Capitol Heights … Park Police will arrive just before 6 p.m. to SURPRISE them with Secret Santa gift presentation. There will be a festive motorcade complete with 20 police motorcycles, 20 police cars, and three Fire trucks with SANTA on TOP!

Officers from the M-NC Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, with donations from the entire police force have raised money to provide gifts for the Sandifer family. Kevin Sandifer is a sixth grader at Kenmoor Middle School. He is an excellent student who has a great personality. Kevin was very close to his dad, always sharing stories about how much fun he had with him.

It was important to make this holiday special for the Sandifer family because in late October/early November Mr. Sandifer passed away after a long battle with illness. Their father raised Kevin and his two sisters. The oldest sister moved back home when dad’s health started failing. She is now taking care of Kevin and the youngest sister but struggle financially.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division consists of sworn personnel, civilian employees and volunteers. Title 17, Subtitle 3, Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland provides the authority to enforce Maryland laws and local ordinances, as well as the rules and regulations specific to The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are tasked with protecting more than 28,000 acres of park property in Prince George’s County, as well as those who visit and staff M-NCPPC sites.

The Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram. The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.


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