Manger talks about building trust at Montgomery College

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said County police have about 500,000 contacts with the public every year, and each one has the potential to go awry.

“What I tell my cops is that every single one of those contacts can either contribute and build trust, or it can damage trust,” Manger said.

Last week Manger and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard sat down for a discussion at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus to discuss relations between police and the community. Manger talked about the struggles to build trust with the community and the potential for unrest in the County.

“Ferguson can happen anywhere, you have to pay attention to the relationship that the police department has with the community,” Manger said.


Hate crimes in the county



Hate Crime Forum 2Fred Davis, Hessie Harris, Daryl Davis, Brian Karem, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and Ron Halber at the forum on hate crimes. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERMonday night the Montgomery County Sentinel sponsored a community forum on the subject of hate crime.
We invited civic leaders, county council members, our local police chief and someone from the Help Save Maryland organization.
This prompted telephone calls, some our office manager deemed “harassing” and several emails – one of which said that in tolerant Montgomery County we could not tolerate an organization like Help Save Maryland.


Please remember Officer Noah Leotta

Ofcr Leotta Funeral-49This week the Montgomery County police buried one of their own.

Noah Leotta, 24, described by Police Chief Tom Manger as “one of the best. The kind of young officer our community can be proud of,” died after an alleged drunk driver struck him while Leotta worked the Holiday Task Force - trying to cut down on drunk drivers.


County learns Baltimore lesson

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joseph kent manning his lineROCKVILLE - In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, Montgomery County had a presence of about 50 officers at all times in Baltimore to assist when riots sprang from peaceful protests. But Council President George Leventhal (D-At large) said it is hard to know how Montgomery County would react if such a death occurred here.

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