Public Defender: Push Back More Misdemeanor Court Cases

Maryland Public Defender Paul DeWolfe has called on the Judiciary to delay more cases, due to COVID concerns. The Public Defender has issued a letter to Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, arguing that the State's return to heightened restrictions due to coronavirus spread should also trigger a delay in a wide swath of District Court proceedings. The request follows a Judiciary ruling that a variety of jury trials be postponed for similar reasons. From coverage…

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Police Body Camera Task Force Reviews Proposed Recommendations

Task Force members walked through a seven-page document of recommendations each member and prior presenters thought prudent to have addressed in relation to use and economic storage of police body worn cameras.  The document reviewed by the Task Force at the November 19, 2020 meeting was a compilation of the top three recommendations each of the stakeholders chose to submit for consideration. Task Force members that submitted recommendations included: Delegate Jazz Lewis, Delegate David Moon, Senator…

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Montgomery Council Introduces Bill to Prohibit School Resource Officers

The Montgomery County Council introduced Bill 46-20, which would prohibit the Montgomery County Police Department from deploying School Resource Officers (SROs) to Montgomery County Public Schools. Montgomery County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer are the lead sponsors for this proposed legislation. A school resource officer is a sworn uniformed law officer trained in emergency preparedness, crisis management, community policing concepts and problem solving who is assigned to work as a liaison to Montgomery County Public…

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NG911 Commission Meets to Finalize 2020 Recommendations

The Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will meet virtually to vote on subcommittee recommendations relating to staffing and training; technology and cybersecurity; oversight and accountability; and funding and structure. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 across Maryland, a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative, was established to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment…

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Amal Awad Selected to Serve as Anne Arundel County Police Chief

County Executive Steuart Pittman has chosen Amal Awad to serve as Anne Arundel County Chief of Police.   After a rigorous search and an interview process involving both community and law enforcement stakeholders, I am proud to announce that I have chosen Hyattsville Police Chief Amal Awad as my selection for @AACOPD Chief of Police. https://t.co/3CG9OBuGPx pic.twitter.com/BEYBggJIPA — AACoExec (@AACoExec) November 16, 2020 Awad currently serves as the City of Hyattsville Police Chief and formerly served…

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Howard Launches “Stay COVID Safe” Campaign as Cases Surge

As Maryland for the thirteenth consecutive day reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced "Stay COVID Safe" — a new communications campaign to inform and remind the public on simple steps everyone can take to stop the spread of the virus. "We will create a team of ambassadors to engage you, encourage you to wear masks and avoid hosting or attending large gatherings, and utilize partnerships within our…

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Harford Takes Additional Steps to Protect the Public During COVID Surge

Harford County announces new actions regarding county facilities, organized athletics, telework, and testing. Following a surge in positivity rates, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman today announced new actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Public safety is my top priority in responding to this recent surge and my long term goal is to keep our economy and government services open for business,” County Executive Glassman said. “I understand the inconvenience, but I believe these actions…

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Anne Arundel Launches Volunteer Fire Company Grant Program

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today committed $400,000 of federal CARES Act funding to support volunteer fire companies. The new grant program is designed to help volunteer fire companies whose operations have been impacted by COVID-related restrictions. “Anne Arundel Volunteer Fire Companies are an important part of our Fire Department and play a critical role in protecting our communities,” said County Executive Pittman. “Their fundraising may have suffered during this pandemic, but they continue…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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Montgomery Launches Police Reform Survey for Residents

Montgomery County residents have until November 14 to fill out a survey in order to gauge their assessment of the department, its structure, services, and funding. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is asking residents to complete a survey that will help inform the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force on public opinion. County residents will have until November 14 to complete the survey, which is a part of a larger county effort to examine public safety…

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