2021 | Opinion

Opinion: Accuracy, details matter in story about police department

County, DOJ signed memorandum of agreement

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To the editor:

Your Sept. 20 article about Montgomery County police (“Departures, sagging recruitment plague Montgomery County police even as crime soars”) incorrectly refers to a “consent decree.”

A “consent decree” is issued by a court after a complaint is filed. The Department of Justice never filed a court complaint against Montgomery County police and had no basis to do so.

Rather, the Fraternal Order of Police, the DOJ, Montgomery County and the police department all fully agreed to a memorandum of agreement. I am a signatory to that MOA. Your article refers to a nonexistent “consent decree,” but links to the MOA.

Accuracy and details are important. They go to credibility.

Walter E. Bader
President emeritus
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35

Editor’s note: The story has been corrected to reflect that it was a memorandum of agreement, not a consent decree.

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