Members of the Gaithersburg Police Advisory Committee (PAC) met with Chief of Police Mark P. Sroka and Community Services Officer Dan Lane on March 14 to discuss membership recruitment, committee planning and the upcoming Citizens’ Police Academy.
With only eight members, the PAC is looking to double membership for its quarterly meetings. A recruitment brochure is in development and will be available online and for distribution to the community mid-summer. PAC membership educates citizens in how to build a partnership with the Gaithersburg Police and become a more effective citizen. The group also provides a forum for citizens to voice their concerns and hear what others are doing in their community to stop crime.
The PAC will map out areas without member representation in the June 13 meeting (location to be decided). Currently, members from Kentlands include Mike Janus, Sigrid McCutcheon and Jim Stevens.
An attendance policy to remove members who frequently miss meetings will also be reviewed at the next meeting.
The Gaithersburg Police will again hold a Citizens’ Police Academy this year. The free 12-week course will educate citizens on the many aspects of law enforcement. Participants must be 16 or older.
Sroka announced a pedestrian safety initiative along Route 355 and Great Seneca Highway beginning late March through April 7. Officers will distribute flyers (English/Spanish) to remind pedestrians to cross at crosswalks and will be ticketing drivers in violation of pedestrian safety laws.
For information on these topics, please contact Community Services Officer Dan Lane at 301.258.6168 or email@example.com.