Cecil Sheriff’s Office Launches PALS Program for At-Risk Youth
Captain Steve Brownhill (left) and Lieutenant Joe Wilson of CCSO and two students from Gilpin Manor Elementary School discuss upcoming Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) activities. (Photo courtesy of Cecil County Government)
Cecil Sheriff’s Office Launches PALS Program for At-Risk Youth

The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office today announced the establishment of the County's inaugural Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). PAL has a 100 plus year history of working with at-risk youth throughout the United States via athletic and mentor-driven activities that focus on developing America’s youth. Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies volunteer their personal time to help develop and mentor America’s youth. They follow set curriculums that focus on helping kids make wise choices and keep them…

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Baltimore City Gets a New Re-entry Resource Center

The new Harry Jeannette Weinberg Foundation Community Re-entry Resource Center opened in East Baltimore last week to help individuals transition from incarceration to living in Baltimore City Communities.  The 5,000 square foot center will house a variety of stakeholders that will help create an all inclusive hub for ex-offender services. From WMAR Baltimore: The center will be run and staffed by VOA members, focusing on people that have left incarceration and are returning to high-poverty…

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Calvert Launches Animal Shelter Website

The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter in Calvert County, named for a longtime County Commissioner, now features a website featuring information about adoptions, lost and found pets, surrendering an animal, volunteering, fostering and more. The website is an effort to expand the reach of the county's animal programs, and to promote local events. “We will strive to always provide the best overall experience to anyone who visits our shelter,” said Animal Shelter Division Chief Crystal…

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Preemption, PIA, and Public Safety Liability All Part of 2018 MACo Attorneys Conference

County Attorneys, legal, and legislative staff are invited to attend the MACo Attorneys Conference on November 14, 2018, to as they discuss the Public Information Act (PIA), preemption issues, public safety liability, the Open Meetings Act, and the new terrain for the General Assembly and Administration post-election. The conference is open to county attorneys, their legal staff, and county legislative staffers. There is no cost to attend but registration is required – please register online.…

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Maryland-Israel Conference Highlights Water Reuse and Security Issues

The Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee and the Maryland Department of the Environment hosted a conference on water reuse and security on October 10, 2018, in College Park, Maryland. The conference focused on: (1) the current status of water security and reuse issues in Maryland and nationally; (2) State and local plans to increase water reuse and security; and (3) opportunities to partner with Israeli businesses to leverage their methods and technologies locally. Several presenters discussed…

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Beds, Bupe, and More: ‘Sun’ Looks at Overdoses and Treatment in MD

Over 62,000 Marylanders are in need of treatment for opioid use -- a complex crisis where solutions remain far from simple.  The Baltimore Sun reported in-depth on the state's efforts in recent years to stem the opioid crisis by noting success stories as well as where initiatives have stalled or fallen short. Successes include: Equipping first responders with Naloxone. This initiative went from a $856,000 budget and 29,000 doses dispensed in FY 2016 to a…

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FBI: Drones for Terror an “Escalating Threat” in US

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray has noted unmanned aircraft -- or "drones" -- represent a substantial and escalating threat as implements of terror or crime. The discussion was part of a scheduled briefing, held on October 10 before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From a report in Bloomberg news: Drones pose a “steadily escalating threat,” as the “unmanned aircraft systems” are likely to be used by…

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Feds Announce Grants to Strengthen School Safety

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) today announced awarded $3.6 million in federal grants designed to strengthen school safety across Maryland. According to an MSDE press release: A five-year, $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow Maryland to implement the Maryland School Emergency Preparedness Program, a partnership between MSDE, local school systems, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local emergency managers. In addition, a three-year, $1 million grant from…

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State Launches “Safe Schools Maryland” Tip Line

New School Safety Tip Line and Mobile App For Reporting Threats Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school facilities. Hogan made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, who will be responsible for monitoring the tip line and forwarding credible information to local law enforcement agencies and local school boards. According to a press…

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Cecil Bolsters Communications for First Responders

Cecil County today finalized an agreement with Motorola Solutions to purchase over 1300 mobile and portable radios that will allow all County services to operate seamlessly on the statewide Maryland First Responder Radio System Team 700 MHz radio system. According to a press release: The new technology will replace Cecil County’s 12-year-old radio system that has extended beyond its life expectancy. The Motorola radios will support the operation of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies, the…

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