Town Hall Meeting Planned for Crime Control and Prevention
10/12/2010
The Frederick News-Post

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Crime victims will have the opportunity for their voices to be heard this week. The Governor's Office of Crime, Control and Prevention is hosting a town hall meeting in Frederick for Western Maryland residents.

Representatives from law enforcement, including the sheriff's office, Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Department of Juvenile Services, Division of Correction, Division of Parole and Probation, the Sex Offender Registry and others will be on hand to give short presentations and listen to concerns from the public.

"The town hall meeting will ensure that your voice is heard and that government will listen," the governor's office said in a news release.

Delegate Sue Hecht, a Frederick Democrat, plans to attend and urges residents to come as well.

"It's just a really healthy communication on both sides," Hecht said.

Victims of crimes, including white collar crime and consumer issues, can come and raise issues.

It's also important for them to learn what police agencies are doing to help protect them.

"Citizens need to be aware of services and what police departments do, so if they have a need, they're aware of what the services are," Hecht said.

The office is allowing attendees five minutes to voice opinions, suggestions and concerns.