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VIDEO: Leggett Calls for More MV Officers

County Exec says next week's budget proposal will outline a three-year plan to "significantly" increase manpower at the 6th District police station.

Three themes pervaded a two-hour forum tonight at Watkins Mill High School prompted by a rash of armed robberies late last year: manpower, dialogue and perception.

Manpower

Next week, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's fiscal 2013 operating budget will fund a "significant" (though as-yet-unspecified) boost in officers for the 6th District over the next three years. ‎In the short-term, 6th District commander Capt. Willie Parker-Loan has authorized overtime pay to put more boots on the ground in Montgomery Village starting this weekend.

Dialogue

Parker-Loan implored the 100-plus attendees to help him segue Wednesday night's forum into a series of talks about crime trends and what residents are seeing in their neighborhoods. The 6th District will also embark on a campaign to spark new Neighborhood Watches and revive dormant ones.

Perception

Crime statistics showing a drop in nearly every category are a “benchmark” for police progress, Leggett said, but not the ultimate measure of success: “That’s not the measure that I would want us to ultimately judge by. ... Not only must we drive the numbers down … we have to change the perception of the way people feel and believe in our community, as well. That’s the standard I look to.”

Sharon March 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Anxious to see actual video of last night's meeting when it is up & running.
Sharon March 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM
" A strong-arm robbery occurred at the bus stop at Club House Road and Montgomery Village Avenue just after 5pm on Thursday, Feb. 23. The suspects assaulted the victim and removed property. The first suspect is described as a black male, 14 years old, 5’10” to 6’2” tall, with a shaved head and wearing a gray hoodie. The second suspect is described as a black male, 15 to 18 years old and wearing a multi-colored button-down shirt." 14 to 18 years of age! Unbelievable YET NOT in this day and age. Such a shame! And you can bet when and if arrests are made, that the perps (delinquent juveniles) are 'residents' of the Village preying on their very own neighbors. That has unfortunately been (and become) the norm!

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