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Policing commission to hold public hearing on drug enforcement

Virtual meeting scheduled for June 14

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A commission charged with analyzing policing policies and programs will hold a public hearing this month to gather public feedback about drug enforcement in Montgomery County.

The county’s Policing Advisory Commission, formed in 2019, wants to discuss drug possession arrests, stop-and-frisk searches for drugs, and civil citations for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.

In a press release announcing the June 14 virtual hearing, the commission provided a list of questions community members could consider and address during their testimony.

The questions include reflections about instances in which they were stopped and searched by police, or whether the interaction affected their perception of police or delayed their ability to get treatment for a substance addiction.

The hearing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration to provide testimony is open until midnight on June 13, the night before the event.

The County Council created the Policing Advisory Commission to “increase community involvement in matters of public safety,” according to the county’s press release. The commission advises the council on police issues and recommends policies, programs, legislation and regulations.

There are four subcommittees within the commission:

• Policing and school
• Emergency response
• Discretionary policing
• Hiring and discipline

There are 15 members on the commission, including Police Chief Marcus Jones, who is one of two non-voting members.