This Tuesday July 9th at 7:00pm Councilmember Hans Riemer will be hosting a press conference on creating a county policing advisory commission (Bill 14-19). The goal of Councilmember Riemer’s bill is to build trust in policing by developing a new community partnership with the Montgomery County Police Department. This new commission will provide an opportunity for community leaders, policy experts and the Montgomery County Police Department to have a constructive and collaborative dialogue about best practices and accountability. The commission will advise the Council and the Police Department on policing matters, provide information regarding best practices and recommend policies, programs, legislation or regulations.
According to the Montgomery County Council, the goal of this legislation is to strengthen community trust in, and engagement with, the police and improve council oversight of the Montgomery County Police Department. “I know that we have an excellent police department, full of conscientious and highly professional public servants,” Riemer said in the release. “But we are not immune from the challenges that communities are facing all over the country.”