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Prince George's Co. police chief prioritizes child safety

UPPER MARLBORO, Md (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County has a new police chief.

Hank Stawinski, who was appointed interim police chief a little more than a month ago, had his daughter at his side as the county council unanimously confirmed him as police chief Tuesday.

Stawinski says his main reason for taking the job was to keep her and all the children of Prince George's safe. Part of that is continuing to dig for answers in the case of Deonte Carraway, the teacher's aide accused of making child porn inside an elementary school in Glenarden.

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“My main concerns right now are, ‘Did he work with anybody else? And how did he finance this?’ Because that will tell us if there are additional victims out there that we’re not aware of. Right now, that’s our daily work,” Stawinski said. 

Deonte Carraway had a juvenile record of sexual abuse. The new chief is looking for ways to ensure that kind of record is caught by the schools in the future.

“I’m certain that once we’ve found our way through this case, and drawn conclusions about what may or may not have gone right, that we can help and craft new solutions that will ensure these kinds of things aren’t missed in the future.”

Stawinski says he is “completely committed” to building a department that reflects the diversity of Prince George’s County from top to bottom.

The new chief grew up in Prince George’s County and his father served on the police force, rising to the rank of sergeant. Stawinski said he wished his dad could be there to see him rise even higher than he did.

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