Washington County Approves Firefighter Staffing Plan

The Washington Board of County Commissioners today voted to authorize the final planning and implementation for the Division of Emergency Services' regional staffing plan. This plan will deploy firefighters in four strategic locations across Washington County. "Today, more than ever, supporting our emergency responders is a top priority. Perhaps, on the worst day of your life, our emergency responders are there to answer your calls. Providing the mechanisms and necessary funding is paramount to provide…

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Montgomery Invests $25 Million in New Fire Engines

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is putting into service a brand new fleet of 23 fire engines. The fire engines - which cost about $900,000 each - were funded through multiple cycles of the County's Capital Improvements Program. https://twitter.com/mcfrsPIO/status/1210683401252036608 The new engines are smaller and lower to the ground, which improves maneuverability, enhances safety, and offers better ergonomics for firefighters. According to Bethesda Magazine: More than half of the county’s 40 stations…

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Mismatched Crime Data Yields Unclear Priorities

A disturbing analysis of mismatched and apparently incorrect crime data, as collected and compiled by the federal and state governments, leave Maryland policy makers without a clear sense of  current priorities and policy effectiveness. An in-depth analysis by Capital News Service, hosted on the MDReporter.com site, shows that Maryland crime data - seemingly an obvious building block for policies and investments in public safety - is rife with inconsistencies and outright errors. From their article: In…

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Federal Grants to Help Baltimore Region Fight Crime

Baltimore City and Baltimore County have been awarded $4.6 million in federal grants to help fight crime. WBAL reports: The funding is going to 11 different initiatives in Baltimore city and county to fight crime, opioid abuse and enhance community policing. It's considered part of a comprehensive strategy to fight crime and keep Baltimore City and Baltimore County citizens safe. Maryland's U.S. senators and congressmen announced $4.6 million in federal grants. The funding was announced…

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Harford Sheriff Forms Board to Improve Community Relations

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler wanted to build better relationships with community members and provide a way for people outside of law enforcement to share their perspectives on the agency and its officers. To do so he has launched the Sheriff’s Community Board which is modeled after similar successful groups that have been put together over the years to help provide input on the office's operations. The Baltimore Sun reports: The 18-member group met for…

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Rural County Coalition Shares Lunch, Policy Updates at #MACoCon

The Rural County Coalition held their regular lunch event at the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference on December 5. The Coalition heard updates on a variety of policy issues, including solar siting, the Forest Conservation Act, volunteer firefighters, and Kirwan Commission education funding recommendations. The Rural County Coalition is a MACo Chapter Organization that provides a voice for sixteen of Maryland's rural counties, allowing them to offer their unique perspective on important state and federal…

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Examining the Intricacies of Health Care in County Jails at #MACoCon

County jails house 18x more inmates a year than state and federal prisons. At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction,"  attendees learned about the complex web of inmate healthcare and how improving the inmate health care system can decrease short- and long-term costs, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety. Tom Weber, Esquire, Chief Executive Officer for PrimeCare Medical, Inc, provided a breakdown of the top 10 myths and realities…

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Baltimore City Names New Director for Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced Tamika C. Gauvin as the new director for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), effective December 17, 2019. The MOCJ advises the Mayor on all crime reduction and criminal justice matters. MOCJ strives to reduce crime in Baltimore and enhance the perception of public safety by developing and implementing crime reduction strategies and programs. “Reducing violent crime in Baltimore City is a top priority of…

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