Sheriff of Prince George's County, Melvin C. High, Dies at 78

Sheriff of Prince George’s County, Melvin C. High, Dies at 78

Sheriff of Prince George’s County Melvin C. High passed away at age 78. The sheriff’s office holds a tearful press conference to discuss High’s passing.

According to the county website, High has been the sheriff since being sworn in in 2010. In order to safeguard and serve the people of Prince George’s County, he was in charge of organizing, supervising, and commanding more than 300 officers and civilians in safety and crime prevention initiatives.

High began his long career as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in 1969 and served there until 1993 when he retired as assistant chief of police and second in command. Later, he worked as the Virginian city of Norfolk’s police chief before joining the Prince George’s County Police Department.

From 2003 until 2008, he was appointed Prince George’s County’s chief of police. High has a biology bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University. Also from Southeastern University, he has a Master’s degree in Business and Public Administration.

He served in Vietnam after being enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967. Brenda, High’s wife, and their daughter Tracy is left behind.

County Executive’s statement on High’s death:

“We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Sheriff Melvin High. Sheriff High has been a dedicated public servant to the residents of Prince George’s County for nearly 20 years and will be remembered for his service to our community and commitment to the safety of Prince Georgians.

“Sheriff High led a stellar career in law enforcement, serving in various capacities in the Washington Metropolitan region including Chief of Police for Prince George’s County and Norfolk, Virginia, and Assistant Chief of Police for Washington, D.C. He served as our Sheriff for nearly 12 years and has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals and families throughout our community during his tenure. Sheriff High was especially involved in efforts to fight domestic violence in our community, launching the annual Purple Light Nights Program in October during his tenure.

“We are asking Prince Georgians to join us in praying for Sheriff High’s family, including his wife, Brenda, and his daughter, Tracy, as they navigate this very difficult time.”

State Attorney’s statement:

“I am saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our beloved Sheriff and my good friend, Melvin High. I became acquainted with Sheriff High in 2003 when I was tasked with getting him confirmed by the County Council as Chief of Police for Prince George’s County.

He has had an exemplary career in law enforcement, spanning several decades and various jurisdictions, becoming the elected Sheriff of Prince George’s County in 2010. In that role, he successfully led and managed his department and spearheaded numerous crime prevention efforts to keep Prince George’s County safe and provide hope for our future.

For me, Sheriff High was a supporter, an advisor, and a mentor. I will miss him as a colleague in law enforcement, but I know that his body of work and good deeds will live on.”

Melvin C. High’s education details.

High graduated from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s in biology. He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Public Administration, also from Southeastern University.

Melvin C. High career.

Since being sworn in as sheriff in 2010, High has held the position. He was in charge of planning, managing, and commanding more than 300 officers and civilians in safety and crime prevention activities in order to protect and serve the citizens of Prince George’s County.

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In 1969, High started his long career as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department. He remained there until 1993 when he resigned as the second in charge and assistant chief of police.

Prior to joining the Prince George’s County Police Department, he served as the chief of police for Norfolk, Virginia.

He served as the chief of police for Prince George’s County from 2003 to 2008.

Melvin C. High’s wife and children

Melvin C. High was a married man. He had a very sweet and loving family of his own. Melvin was married o his dear wife Brenda. The couple has an adorable daughter named, Tracy. His wife and daughter survive him.

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