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Park safety brought to forefront of Montgomery County agenda in visit by State Park Police


By E. Chen and L. Donovan

SILVER SPRING, Md.– Montgomery Parks recently welcomed Maryland-National Capital Park Police Lt. Nicole Adams and Sgt. Sabrina Pirtle to its monthly speaker series on June 6 in a bid to improve public knowledge of park safety.

The speakers provided “insight into…Park Police operations” in Maryland, said a press release from Montgomery Parks.

They provided “park safety tips” and “information about crime prevention” that can be utilized in a variety of situations involving the state and county’s demonstrably vast public recreation infrastructure.

The park police patrol and protect more than 36,000 acres of land and 14 million visitors each year,” the release said. “Their jurisdiction includes parks, trails, playgrounds, swimming pools, campgrounds, golf courses, horse stables, athletic fields and a soccer stadium.”

Free and accessible to the public, the session attracted attention from several local residents.

“I didn’t go to it, but it’s valuable for the community,” said Montgomery County resident Joseph Byler.

“Our parks are where we go to make memories with our families and friends,” said self-described park-lover Lucy Martin, “it’s good that we can feel more assured of our safety when in them.” 

Similar safety-focused speaker sessions are expected to be held in the following months.

For more information, go to https://www.montgomeryparks.org/.


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