12/22/2009

Md. police officers use music to reach to youths

By Karen L. Bune
Washington Times

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Md. — For most people, the image of a uniformed police officer brings to mind the idea of a cop on the beat who writes tickets and responds to accidents. However, in the Prince George's County Police Department, there also are multitalented officers with skills that reach beyond the scope of their law enforcement duties.

Prince George's Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton, along with Lt. Col. Michael Blow, are tapping into the musical talents of their officers. They are leading the effort to support the recently established Rhythm and Blues Band, which is made up of 10 officers, Capt. Robert Gibson; Sgt. Michael Hunt; Cpls. Alfred Moss, Edwin Robertson, Harold Banks and Emmett Driggers; Pfc. Vincent Tabbs; Officers Sharon Pittman, Patrick McClam and Eddie Martin; two civilian police department employees, Mark Coakley and Kimberly Scott; and the drummer, Robert "Mousey" Thompson, who played for the late James Brown.

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