Montgomery Councilmember Valerie Ervin To Host Silver Spring
Public Safety Community Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 22
ROCKVILLE, Md., December 17, 2009—Montgomery County Council Vice President Valerie Ervin, whose district includes Kensington, parts of Silver Spring and encompasses Takoma Park and Wheaton, will host a meeting at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in Silver Spring as a way for community members to engage with the County Police Department and Park Police. The meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the Park and Planning auditorium at 8787 Georgia Ave.
While overall crime rates are down countywide, over the past few weeks there have been several high-profile crime incidents in and around Silver Spring. On Friday, Dec. 11, an individual was robbed at gunpoint at the Citibank branch on Seminary Road at Georgia Avenue. The customer and teller both complied with the suspect’s demands and no one was harmed; however, the suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. In another unrelated incident, a community member was robbed in the 600 block of Sligo Avenue at approximately 7:30 p.m. that evening.
“I have convened this meeting so the police can hear about various public safety issues in and around Silver Spring,” said Councilmember Ervin. “Our residents are truly the first line of defense in fighting crime. Organizations like Safe Silver Spring and Weed and Seed have made tremendous progress, but they can’t do it alone.”
The County Police Department will discuss crime trends and will provide information about ongoing investigations. The Park Police will describe their Park Watch program. Both the County Police Department and Park Police will answer questions from residents and address community concerns. Reemberto Rodriguez, director of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center, also will attend the meeting.
“It’s important for residents to work with community police officers,” said Councilmember Ervin. “If you see suspicious or criminal activity, please report it, so the police can provide an appropriate response.”
Councilmember Ervin said public safety officers have been effective, but to further clamp down on crime, residents and local civic associations can make a difference.
“I cannot thank the police enough for all that they do for the community,” said Councilmember Ervin. “During times of crisis, our public safety officers are the first ones to respond, and we owe them our gratitude and support.”