** POLICE & COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCILS **
~ Did you know that there is a "Police Community Relations Council" (aka: PCRC) in your Area?
~ Most people are not aware until a concern sneaks around the corner and comes into their community!
*** What is a "Police & Community Relations Council"?
~ There are 9 Precincts in Baltimore County and each Precinct currently has an active PCRC made up of community groups, businesses and concerned citizens. The PCRC - acts as a support group for the Precincts and their personnel. The PCRC - assist the Baltimore County Police Department in the education of citizens in how to reduce and prevent crime; and acts as a liaison between the Baltimore County Police Department and the Community.
~ We know that everyone leads busy lives -- it is about one and a half hours of your time once a month! In one and a half hours you should gain valuable information concerning crime, crime trends in your neighborhoods and learn the resources available to assist you directly from the Precinct Commander, an Officer from the Community Outreach Unit and sometimes a guest speaker from the Baltimore County Police Department or a related agency.
~ Council Meetings are held monthly within nearly every Precinct Command in Baltimore County. The Council members meet with the Precinct Commander and other attending Police personnel. These meetings are an excellent way to resolve issues that exist between the Community and the Police Department. They provide an open forum where citizens may bring attention to problems within their neighborhood and allow them to be addressed with the appropriate joint Police and Community response. These meetings also provide a line of communications where the Police Department can inform the Community of departmental programs and enlist community help in crime prevention projects.
~ Members of the Councils regularly recognize individual Officers within their Precincts through various yearly and monthly awards. Some Police Councils have fund-raisers to purchase and provide needed equipment and supplies for their Precincts.
~ Our goal is to make the Precincts communities, a safer place to live through mutual understanding of Police and Citizen concerns. We provide a structured forum where Law Enforcement officials and citizens can come together to discuss concerns in their neighborhoods.
~ The Police Community Relations Councils are constantly recruiting and always welcome new members. We encourage our Police Officers to utilize their Council as an important resource to members of the community who may be interested in:
Learning about the Police Department
Bringing Community problems to the attention of the Department
Participating in Crime Prevention activities
~ Participate in Community and Crime Prevention Programs with your Police Department to create a safer and more secure community. We invite you to join us when you can. Contact the Outreach Unit in your Precinct (see contact info on Precincts Page [or just click this hyper-linkl]) for additional information.
AUTO THEFTS SPIKE IN COUNTY
~ There has been a spike in preventable auto thefts throughout Baltimore County. Since July 1, there have been 84 car thefts involving cars left running and unattended as well as keys and spare key fobs left in vehicles. These auto thefts could have been prevented. Leaving a car running, unattended and unlocked are what thieves look for when choosing a vehicle to steal.
According to the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, a car is stolen every 45 seconds. It is also reported that 95 percent of vehicles stolen did not have an anti-theft device and more than 60 percent of car thefts occurred at night. Most modern cars are equipped with standard anti-theft features that are beneficial when used.
Don’t give your car away. If a car is left running and unattended a traffic citation may be issued that carries a $70 fine and one point on a driver’s license.
~ Follow these simple tips to avoid having your car stolen:
· Always lock your car doors.
· Never leave your car running and unattended.
· Remove and secure all valuables.
· Never leave keys in your car. Always take them with you.
· Make sure your car is equipped with an anti-theft device.
~ Remember, take your keys with you, remove your belongings and lock your doors. These tips are also available on the Department's Page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgv7tav-MZo
Ofc. A. Heavner #4340
Precinct 11/ Outreach Unit
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