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Montgomery County Asks for Community Input about Public Safety and Announces Partnership to Improve Public Safety

For Immediate Release: Sunday, November 1, 2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich invites residents to answer a survey designed to gauge their assessment of the Montgomery County Police Department, its structure, services, and funding. The survey is located online at www.RPSsurvey.com.

The survey will be open for two weeks, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14, and is available in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Korean, Chinese, and Amharic.

The County has also entered a partnership with Effective Law Enforcement For All, Inc. (ELE4A) – the consultant supporting the Elrich administration’s Reimagining Public Safety work. ELE4A is facilitating and organizing the work of the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, and will conduct an independent audit of the County’s Police Department.

“We, need and want our community partners to help us reform policing in the County and reimagine public safety,” said Elrich. “In order to have a thoughtful discussion and review of our public safety efforts, I formed the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, which includes a diverse group of residents; however, I want to hear from more community members and I invite you to participate in this community input survey.”

Information gathered from the survey, in conjunction with the work of the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force and guidance from ELE4A, will be used to advise the Elrich administration on how the County Government may rebalance spending priorities, invest more in communities and reimagine public safety while working toward a safer and more equitable County.

“Effective Law Enforcement for All, Inc. is honored to support Montgomery County’s Reimagining Public Safety efforts” said David L. Douglas, president of ELE4A. “ELE4A’s diverse, multidisciplinary team takes pride in its demonstrated record of successfully helping communities achieve public safety and law enforcement improvements that are safe and effective for the police and the communities served. We are confident that this collaborative Reimagining Public Safety project will innovate public safety in Montgomery County, and serve as a model for the Nation.”

Survey takers will be asked to rate how they feel about their police department. Once the County has gathered all responses and analyzed the information, the data collected will be presented at a community forum to discuss the results with County Executive Elrich on Thursday, Dec. 3.

For more information about the County’s Reimagining Public Safety initiative, please visit https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rps/.

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Release ID: 20-647
Media Contact: Public Information Office 240-777-6507