Staffing Up Your Corrections Capacity

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. The world of corrections has become increasingly complex as jails tackle increased behavioral health needs, new programs to reduce recidivism, and navigate the challenges of COVID-19 while keeping officers and inmates safe. Doing this work is demanding and requires…

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New Child Tax Credit Payments Targeted by Scammers

The new Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments have already become the target of scammers. Approximately 40 million households will receive CTC payments of up to $300 per child via direct deposit, debit cards, or paper checks. The Internal Revenue Service and Federal Trade Commission warn that scammers have seen this as a new opportunity to steal money and/or private information. How Child Tax Credit payment scams work There are many variations of these scams, so…

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NENA Releases New i3 Standard for NG911

i3v3 Accelerates the Drive Toward 21st-Century 9-1-1 Services. North America’s leading 9-1-1 standards-development body today approved a landmark new version of its Next Generation 9-1-1 standard, a move that will accelerate the transition to smarter, faster, and more resilient emergency response. Version 3 of the National Emergency Number Association's (NENA) i3 Standard for Next Generation 9-1-1 includes key updates to NG911 infrastructure, paving the way for interoperability on a national and international scale. “This is a landmark…

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“Women of Color In Leadership” – a Featured Speaker at #MACoCon

Senator Jill P. Carter will join a dual-sponsored luncheon at MACo's Summer Conference - reflecting on recent legislation, and the role for "Women of Color in Leadership" Two of Maryland's Chapter Organizations, the Diversity Caucus and the Women of MACo, will jointly hold a luncheon meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the MACo Summer Conference. The luncheon, as always, will be open to all conference attendees - not just…

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Anne Arundel Police Dept Rolls Out Body-Worn Camera Program

The Anne Arundel County Police Department this week announced that to date, 143 officers are equipped with body-worn cameras. By mid-September, all Anne Arundel County's sworn police officers will use body cameras while on duty. “We would like to thank the Office of the County Executive and the County Council for their support for our body-worn camera program," said Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Amal E. Awad. "We look forward to the implementation of…

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Baltimore County Firefighters Deploy to Florida Building Collapse Site

Four Baltimore County Fire Department members have been deployed to the Miami area to assist with search and rescue operations at the Surfside condominium collapse. These tactical rescue specialists are members of a Federal Emergency Management Agency task force, Pennsylvania Task Force #1 (PAT1), and are responding with that task force. According to a press release: They are Fire Capt. Ethan Johnson, Fire Lt. Davie Gouak, FADO Shawn Drees and Fire Lt. Brandon Watkins. Johnson is…

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Frederick Names New Director of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services
M. Shane Darwick (photo courtesy of Frederick County Government).
Frederick Names New Director of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner this week named Assistant Chief M. Shane Darwick as director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services. Darwick succeeds retired Director Kevin Fox. The director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services supports and coordinates with the County’s volunteer fire and rescue companies. “Shane’s knowledge, work experience, strong communication skills, and work ethic make him ideal for the director position,” Executive Gardner said. “He is well respected by staff and volunteer companies,…

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Howard To Direct Some Emergency Calls to Mental Health Services, Not Police

Howard County is the latest jurisdiction to adopt a new first-tier option for emergency response, plugging in mental health services among the responses available through the 9-1-1 call center when more appropriate than police. https://youtu.be/2XLXsqxR8nI Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will partner to defer non-emergency mental health 911 calls to counselors. The new program, known as “Communications Initiated Referral to Crisis” (CIRC), begins July 1, 2021 and allows dispatchers to divert qualifying…

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New Treasury FAQ: Addressing Violent Crime

The US Department of the Treasury today released a Frequently Asked Questions document that provides clarification on both general eligible uses of Recovery Funds and new eligible uses to increase public safety as outlined in the Biden-Harris Administration’s strategy to prevent and respond to gun crime and ensure public safety.  As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Recovery Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, is providing $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county…

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Consumer Protection Division Issues Scam Alert

Consumer Alert: Telephone Scammers Are Spoofing Local Hospitals and Public Utilities to Steal Personal Information, Threatening to Terminate Medicare Benefits The Consumer Protection Division has received reports that scammers are “spoofing” local hospital and public utility phone numbers in an attempt to steal personal and medical information, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and/or Social Security numbers, over the phone. Some of the scammers are threatening to terminate Medicare benefits if the call recipient refuses to provide…

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