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1/27/2017 3:56:58 PM
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A Public Safety Message from Mayor Scott Fosler

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Dear Fellow Residents, 

As many of you know, there have been three residential burglaries in Town since the start of the new year. While it is premature to conclude that these incidents constitute a trend, the threat of burglary, though comparatively rare in our Town over the years, is always to be taken seriously.  

Our Town government is in continual touch with the Montgomery County Police Department, which has the principal police responsibility in the Town of Chevy Chase.  We have scheduled a meeting with the Commander of the Bethesda Police District to discuss recent crimes and how the MCPD is responding to them.

We will be discussing actions and resources the MCPD intends to deploy to address crime in the Town as well as appropriate actions that the Town government and individual residents can take to minimize the crime threat.  In the past, when there have been episodes of increased criminal activity, the MCPD has identified hot spots and deployed resources to neighborhoods that are most affected.  These resources include traditional marked patrol cars, officers on bikes, officers on foot, undercover officers in covert cars, officers from countywide specialized units, and officers in an overtime status dedicated to this problem. 

In recent years, the Town has supplemented the MCPD police presence by adding police patrols paid for by the Town. Currently the Town funds two 8 hour shifts per day for one patrol car.  At its last meeting on January 11, the Town Council voted to reduce this to one 8 hour shift per day beginning on February 1. This action was taken as part of a series of budget cuts needed to close a projected deficit created by lower than anticipated income tax revenue.  

There is little conclusive evidence that these supplemental patrols have had an impact on crime or whether they are cost effective.  They do make people feel more secure, which has a value in itself. 

It is important to note that the recent three burglaries occurred before the Town Council’s budget cuts were scheduled to go into effect on February 1, and two of the recent burglaries occurred while a police officer was in town on patrol. Nevertheless, the security of town residents and their homes is a top town priority. The Town government is committed to monitoring the situation carefully, working closely together with the MCPD and Town residents, and exercising common sense in determining the best combination of actions to address the current situation.   

In that regard, let me say how much the Town Council and staff have appreciated the thoughtful comments by Town residents in the past few days regarding these issues.  We invite your further thoughts and suggestions, as well as any additional information you may have on the recent burglaries or other crime related issues.  

Our best deterrence is our ability to work together as a Town and with the MCPD to increase our vigilance and to engage professional resources when we believe that they will be effective.  We welcome your attendance and comment at the next Town Council meeting on February 8 when we will take up this item along with the other budget decisions the Council has made as we balance fiscal prudence against the continued high quality public service and safety our residents expect.

Sincerely,
Scott Fosler
Mayor

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Dear Fellow Residents,

As many of you know, there have been three residential burglaries in Town since the start of the new year. While it is premature to conclude that these incidents constitute a trend, the threat of burglary, though comparatively rare in our Town over the years, is always to be taken seriously.

Our Town government is in continual touch with the Montgomery County Police Department, which has the principal police responsibility in the Town of Chevy Chase. We have scheduled a meeting with the Commander of the Bethesda Police District to discuss recent crimes and how the MCPD is responding to them.

We will be discussing actions and resources the MCPD intends to deploy to address crime in the Town as well as appropriate actions that the Town government and individual residents can take to minimize the crime threat. In the past, when there have been episodes of increased criminal activity, the MCPD has identified hot spots and deployed resources to neighborhoods that are most affected. These resources include traditional marked patrol cars, officers on bikes, officers on foot, undercover officers in covert cars, officers from countywide specialized units, and officers in an overtime status dedicated to this problem.

In recent years, the Town has supplemented the MCPD police presence by adding police patrols paid for by the Town. Currently the Town funds two 8 hour shifts per day for one patrol car. At its last meeting on January 11, the Town Council voted to reduce this to one 8 hour shift per day beginning on February 1. This action was taken as part of a series of budget cuts needed to close a projected deficit created by lower than anticipated income tax revenue.

There is little conclusive evidence that these supplemental patrols have had an impact on crime or whether they are cost effective. They do make people feel more secure, which has a value in itself.

It is important to note that the recent three burglaries occurred before the Town Council’s budget cuts were scheduled to go into effect on February 1, and two of the recent burglaries occurred while a police officer was in town on patrol. Nevertheless, the security of town residents and their homes is a top town priority. The Town government is committed to monitoring the situation carefully, working closely together with the MCPD and Town residents, and exercising common sense in determining the best combination of actions to address the current situation.

In that regard, let me say how much the Town Council and staff have appreciated the thoughtful comments by Town residents in the past few days regarding these issues. We invite your further thoughts and suggestions, as well as any additional information you may have on the recent burglaries or other crime related issues.

Our best deterrence is our ability to work together as a Town and with the MCPD to increase our vigilance and to engage professional resources when we believe that they will be effective. We welcome your attendance and comment at the next Town Council meeting on February 8 when we will take up this item along with the other budget decisions the Council has made as we balance fiscal prudence against the continued high quality public service and safety our residents expect.

Sincerely,
Scott Fosler
Mayor

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A Message from Mayor Scott Fosler