County Officials, Community Leaders to Introduce Late Night Business Safety Plan

Montgomery County officials and community leaders are set to announce proposed legislation Monday afternoon that is aimed at improving safety for businesses and residents.

County Executive Marc Elrich, Councilmember Kate Stewart, and Police Chief Marcus Jones will announce the Late Night Business Safety Plan at a press conference today at 2 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring.

Jane Redicker, President and CEO of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, as well as Jason Miskiri, owner of Society Restaurant and Lounge, The Angry Jerk, and The Breakfast Club, will join officials at the conference.

According to a press release, the new legislation would require businesses that are open at night and have a high number of service calls during certain late-night hours to develop safety plans with Montgomery County Police.

“Many businesses have already complied with these changes voluntarily and those changes have seen significant reductions in calls for service in and around their facilities,” officials said. “These changes would broaden safety protocols for all businesses which stay open late as we work to strike a balance between having a vibrant nightlife and a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.”

The Late Night Business Safety Plan legislation will be introduced to the County Council on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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