public safety

July 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich to Discuss Preliminary Police Audit Report at Virtual Community Meeting Wednesday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will discuss a recently-released preliminary audit report of the county police department (MCPD) during a virtual community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Elrich will discuss recommendations from the report, released June 30, as well as other reimagining public safety implementation updates. He commissioned the independent audit as part of the […]

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June 30, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

For Third Straight Day, Montgomery County Under Hyperthermia Alert

Montgomery County is under another Hyperthermia Alert today from noon to 7 p.m. When temperatures and/or the heat index are projected to reach 95 degrees or higher,  the county issues an alert. The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security lists the following precautions to help residents stay safe: stay indoors when possible […]

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June 29, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Deputy Sheriff Who Killed Laytonsville Man Won’t Be Charged

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy who shot and killed a Laytonsville man, who multiple witnesses said was acting erratically and struck the deputy with a long piece of wood, acted reasonably and will not be charged, according to Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office. That office reviewed the incident under an agreement to take the lead […]

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March 17, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Committee Discusses Report Detailing Public Safety Response to Mental Health Situations

During a joint committee meeting Wednesday, Montgomery County councilmembers and police officials discussed a recent Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) report analyzing the county’s public safety response to mental health situations. The OLO works to provide independent findings and recommendations to the council and made two recommendations in the report: “request that the Executive discuss […]

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December 11, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Prepares to Implement New Emergency Radio System After Serious Disruptions in 2019

In 2019, multiple emergency radio channels dropped over Mother’s Day weekend in Montgomery County, hindering public safety communication. Now, the county is preparing to switch over to a new system. The shift to a new emergency radio system will happen in three phases, beginning Jan. 4, 2021, said Gerry Adcock, Public Safety Radio Communication Systems […]

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September 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Public Safety Task Force Will Focus Work in Five Areas

Montgomery County’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will break up much of its work into five categories before presenting recommendations next year. In late June, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced he was creating the task force. Members will discuss racism in policing and examine how to fix policies that impact certain groups disproportionately in […]

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May 8, 2020 | Josalyn Perez

Poolesville Parks Remain Closed

As various park amenities in Montgomery County reopen, the Poolesville parks will remain closed until May 18. According to a Facebook post on Thursday, the parks could be delayed if there is any significant increase in the hospitalization rates in the State of Maryland. The Town of Poolesville will make a decision the week of […]

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April 24, 2020 | Josalyn Perez

Ride On Bus Service Hours Change Beginning Sunday

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) announced that they will be reducing their hours of operation for Ride On buses beginning Sunday. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, MCDOT implemented the Essential Service Plan which includes 36 critical routes so that residents can take Ride On buses for essential trips during the health crisis. Under […]

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November 25, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Police Investigating String Of Cell Phone Store Thefts

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating several thefts from cell phone stores. Officials believe the crimes are all connected. Detectives say within three separate thefts, cell phones worth more than $9,000 were stolen. On Oct. 9, the T-Mobile Store located on the 15000 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring was robbed around […]

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November 5, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Marcus Jones Confirmed as New MCPD Chief

The Montgomery County Council confirmed Marcus Jones as Montgomery County’s new police chief Tuesday. “I feel great this has been an incredibly long road… I’m just grateful and honored, and humbled to be in this position,” said Chief Marcus Jones said. Jones, who has been on the force for more than 30 years, says his […]

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