Chief Demetrious Harris is a husband, father, philanthropist, minority business owner, and life-long resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Chief Harris has been drawn to public service since childhood. He started and maintained his law enforcement career with the Prince Georges County Office of the Sheriff until his appointment in December of 2019 as Chief of Police of Edmonston Maryland. As the First African American Chief in the town’s history and one of the youngest public safety executives in the state of Maryland, his appointment is historic and is a reflection of the town’s forward thinking and progressive momentum.
Chief Harris is a graduate of Bowie High School and received his higher education from Anne Arundel Community College, The George Washington University Program for Public Safety Leadership, and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He currently serves as a member of several professional organizations to include the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Sons of the American Legion, and the City of Praise Family Ministries where he serves as an ordained Deacon. Chief Harris is the Co-Founder, of Stepping Stones 4 Change, a community-based organization that is dedicated to improving the community through engagement, empowerment, and education. Chief Harris believes in creating a department that combines data with Predictive Policing models and smart technology to effectively manage the towns’ public safety operations. He is a believer that the community first policing, that brings all community stakeholders to the table for the betterment of our community. Under his leadership, the Edmonston Police Department is becoming a department that ENGAGES, EMPOWERS and EDUCATES the citizens as they move towards a Safer Edmonston.