Federal Grants to Help State Fight Drug-Impaired Driving

The  Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) has awarded nearly $45,000 in grants to the Maryland Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Association. The grant funds will be used to reduce drug-impaired driving primarily by training state law enforcement to better recognize and respond to the signs of drug-impaired driving. WTOP reports: The MVA will use the grant to train officers in the use of toxicology equipment and software, and offer courses for qualifying officers to become…

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General Assembly to Launch Police Body Camera Task Force

Law Enforcement Body Camera Task Force to study costs and access to justice issues for police body-worn cameras.  The task force was created by legislation passed by the General Assembly in the 2020 session to help local governments deal with the costs of body camera programs which can be significant for video and data storage. Maryland Matters reports: [Del. Jazz] Lewis and Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery) will represent the House of Delegates on the task…

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Task Force Charged With Recommending Reforms for Prince George’s Police

A diverse task force to make recommendations on reforming police hiring, training, and use of force in Prince George's County. County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the task force as part of a plan to reform the county police department from top to bottom. The Washington Post reports: The task force will be charged with making recommendations on hiring, training and use of force in policing. It will be made up of residents and public officials,…

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Carroll Announces New Director of Fire and EMS
Robert McCoy (photo courtesy of Carroll County Government)
Carroll Announces New Director of Fire and EMS

Carroll County announces first-ever director of the newly established Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners today announced that Robert McCoy will serve as the first director of the Carroll County of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. McCoy will step into his new role with Carroll County Government on July 9, 2020. McCoy brings 37 years of fire service experience, 20 years in senior management, and direct experience…

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St. Mary’s Takes Action to Advance Equity in Public Safety, Education, and Health

St. Mary's Health Officer, Sheriff, and Superintendent of Schools have joined forces to issue a resolution and establish a task force to advance equity in their agencies and in the county. The announcement recognizes the connections between public health, public safety, and public education; the commitment the agencies have for achieving equity and racial justice, and the importance of addressing disparities relating to socioeconomic status, geographical area, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender or racial/ethnic group.…

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Conduit Street Podcast: A View From the Senate

Unemployment Insurance Senator Kagan's letter to Governor Hogan Coronavirus and Unemployment Resources Telehealth Senator Kagan's letter to Dr. Karen Salmon on School-Based Health Centers Maryland Matters article describing the telehealth discrepancy in schools Prince George’s TV Interview on telehealth State Song Coverage from The Washington Post Coverage from The Baltimore Sun Senator Kagan's Social Media/Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

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New Online Service Allows Remote Access to Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

Frederick County residents can now file reports, tips, and complaints with the Sheriff's Office online.  The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is encouraging residents to use its new online reporting service to limit in-person interactions and increase efficiency during the pandemic. Local DMV reports: Wither it be the destruction of property, fraud, harassment, or a hit and run, officials with the sheriff’s office said it will improve services to their residents. “Online community reporting and requesting…

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Prince George’s Names Interim Police Chief
Interim Police Chief Hector Valez
Prince George’s Names Interim Police Chief

Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that Assistant Chief Hector Velez will serve as interim police chief for the Prince George’s County Police Department while the County conducts a national search for a new chief. Velez will take over for former Chief Hank Stawinski, who resigned last week. "I have had the privilege of working with Chief Stawinski over the last decade, and I have enjoyed working with him," County Executive Alsobrooks said. "He…

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Harford Earns Two NACo Achievement Awards
Participants in Harford County’s Wheelchair Costume Workshop and inclusive trick-or-treating (photo courtesy of Harford County Government).
Harford Earns Two NACo Achievement Awards

Harford County earns Achievement Awards for its Halloween costume workshop for children who use wheelchairs and the anti-drug Pledge Program for youth, presented in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office. Harford County earned two National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2020 Achievement Awards, which recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhance service and improves the quality of life for residents. “I would like to thank our community partners and sponsors, and our creative county employees, for…

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