Crime, Police/Fire

Councilman Marks: Mall youth curfew, Citizens on Patrol have improved public safety this year

The following is a letter to the editor from Councilman David Marks…

This year began with a Public Safety Town Hall meeting at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church that attracted more than 400 people—and it ends with, I think, some measurable accomplishments that have made our neighborhoods and businesses safer.

White Marsh Mall Youth Escort Policy

Working with Councilwoman Bevins and County Executive Olszewski, we were able to convince the owners of White Marsh Mall to institute a youth escort policy that has substantially reduced incidents at this regional shopping center.

Citizens on Patrol

We worked with residents of the Seven Courts community to create a Citizens on Patrol program that has made a measurable impact in this densely-populated area. Kudos to these residents who have led the fight to make these neighborhoods safer. Our office will host a meeting on Thursday, December 12 to see if there is interest in a similar organization in eastern Perry Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan (9616 Belair Road).

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Support for Law Enforcement

I have voted for salary packages to recruit and retain our police officers. Baltimore County has more than 40 vacant positions. I have urged the Chief of Police and County Executive to do whatever they can to increase recruitment.

Public safety is one of my top priorities. I will do all in my power to create safer neighborhoods.

Councilman David Marks

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