Thirteen members of the public would become part of a Policing Advisory Commission under the terms of a bill introduced by Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large).

Bill 14-19, Police – Policing Advisory Commission – Established is intended to improve the County Council’s oversight of the county police, as well as increase the community’s trust in the department.

Members of the commission would be charged with advising the council “on policing matters, provide information regarding best practices, and recommend policies, programs, legislation or regulations,” according to a press release.

“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.”

The members would be selected from among county residents or members of community organizations. The council would appoint nine of the members and the county executive four; the police chief (or designee) and a representative of the Fraternal Order of Police would serve as ex officio members.

Councilmembers Tom Hucker (D-District 5), Will Jawando and Evan Glass (both D- At Large) are cosponsors of he bill and are expected to join Riemer in a press conference tomorrow. The conference will be held at 7 p.m. in the Capital Crescent Room, Fourth Floor, Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

In the meantime, the county executive’s office released the results of a survey that asked the public about the characteristics they would like to see in the county’s next police chief.

The top-five leading characteristics in the area of “Most important characteristic/competency for police chief” were:

  • Integrity – 26 percent
  • Appreciation of diversity – 17 percent
  • Honesty – 15 percent
  • Apolitical – 14 percent, and
  • Good judgment – 10 percent.

There were a total of 1,123 responses (1,028 online; and 95 at a recent community forum). The full survey results can be found here.

Screenshot from Montgomery County Police Department web page.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Bill Would Create Public Police Advisory Commission