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County tries to deal with growing opiod epidemic

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Russ Hamill said he first became aware of the severity of the nationwide opioid crisis at a drug summit put on by the Police Executive Research Forum.

At the summit, Hamill met a police chief from a city in the Northeast, who said two of her officers stood by helpless as teenaged, high school cheerleader with a 4.0 grade point average overdosed on opioids. The police chief then told Hamill that the women who died from the overdose was her daughter.

“It drove the fact home, it drove the point home for many of us,” Hamill said. “Now, it don’t matter who’s daughter it is, who don’t matter who’s friends it is, it’s a humanbeing and all human life has extreme value.”

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Montgomery County Council gets increased security July 5

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Security guards will go on duty and metal detectors will be up and running at the County Council Office Building in Rockville, starting Wednesday July 5.

The Montgomery County Council approved the security measures in April, which will require all visitors to the Council Office Building located on 100 Maryland Avenue to empty their pockets and walk through a metal detector before entering the building.

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Get ready for the subpoena for computers

gavel2 1 With the advent of personal computers, the courts have had to develop law on how to apply the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures to police efforts to obtain evidence from computers. How search warrants to obtain such information fit within the constitutional scheme was explored by Maryland’s intermediate appellate court in an opinion issued this week in a case called John Fone v. State of Maryland.

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County discusses diversity in policing

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Last year Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger met with County residents after police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana were caught on camera shooting African-American men.

The videos promoted protest and outrage across the Country, including in Montgomery County, from people who thought police departments did not represent the communities they sworn to protect. At one of the community forums, Manger promised to continue to try to diversify the County’s police department, but it was hard to keep up with the County’s quickly changing demographics.

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County police ineligible for body armor grants

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Policelights 1Montgomery County police will not receive a grant from the state to purchase protective body armor this year because it does not have a “mandatory wear policy” for such equipment, which makes the force ineligible for many grants, according to police spokesman Rick Goodale.

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Police to add body cameras

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Manger pic for body camsROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Police Department plans to begin piloting body-worn cameras on as many as 100 officers in May or June, Assistant Chief of Police Luther Reynolds said Monday.

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Local firefighters take down robber

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handcuffedAn elderly woman is thankful for a group of Montgomery County firefighters after they apprehended a 34-year-old Landover man who attempted to steal her purse as she walking in a shopping center parking lot in Chillum to purchase food for Thanksgiving.   

Montgomery County police said the attempted robbery took place around 5 p.m. on Nov. 24 in the 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue at the Takoma Park Plaza.

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Man charged with knowingly spreading HIV

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daniel cleavesBETHESDA- Montgomery County Police have charged a Virginia man with seven counts of knowingly transferring HIV to another person. Police said Daniel Cleaves, a 28-year-old man from Richmond, Va., had unprotected sex seven times over the course of a weekend despite being aware of his HIV-positive status.

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