Building Communities Through Public Safety at #MACoCon

The fabric of public safety infrastructure is woven by officers, emergency responders, corrections staff, and the courts – all who bear the monumental task of making sure citizens feel protected. 

The element of security in a neighborhood allows residents to thrive as individuals but also helps create space for neighborhoods to take the next step into actually building community. Safety provides the peace of mind for pivotal elements of human connection to flourish such as trust, solidarity, and a shared mission, which uphold the social contract. This session hosts a panel of experts on the inner workings of our public safety institutions and how county governments can help in creating the stability for communities to grow. As new public policies are integrated, these departments must adapt to a changing and challenging world where everyone can play a role.

Title: Safety First: Counties Delivering for Secure Communities

Description: A proactive approach to public safety is the most powerful way to build a community where people can thrive. County governments – charged with overseeing policing, corrections, and fire and rescue – are uniquely suited to move the needle when it comes to keeping communities safe. In this session, participants will learn to leverage public safety institutions, directly from the individuals who manage them every day as well as ways manage the inherent risks. Beyond the basic, be ready to hear from counties that are nimbly working within their existing foundation to implement sweeping reforms and navigate the new and unexpected challenges of today. This experienced panel will prepare your team in to be on the front foot in maintaining a welcoming and healthy community for constituents to prosper.


    • Dave Morris, Chief of Staff, Anne Arundel County Police
    • Tiffany Green, Fire Chief, Prince George’s County
    • LaMonte Cooke, Warden, Queen Anne’s County
    • Matt Peter, Senior Attorney, Local Government Insurance Trust

Moderator: The Honorable Jazz M. Lewis, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023; 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Hit the Ground Running,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from January 4-6, 2023 (with a pre-conference orientation for new county officials on January 3).

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