GC to Host Crime Prevention Training

Garrett College in partnership with the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI), and the Maryland Crime Prevention Association (MCPA) will host a two-day training for law enforcement and crime prevention practitioners on August 8 and 9 in the Continuing Education Building on the McHenry campus.

The program will introduce attendees to missions of MCPA and MCCPI and provide current information on such topics as synthetic and designer drugs; workplace violence today; sexting and cyberbullying; gang culture in schools; influence of social media; and homegrown extremists.

Garrett College Coordinator of Security Shelley Menear serves as the Garrett County Area Representative for the MCPA, whose members include police, sheriff, correctional personnel, security professionals, business people and community leaders, as well as interested citizens and crime prevention supporters from across the state. In this capacity Menear plays a significant role in Western Maryland. “I am now the point of contact for our county to assist in planning trainings here, and to inform the association of the crime prevention concerns that are being voiced in Garrett County,” Menear explained.

Menear is currently reaching out to the community for input and information about concerns that could be addressed by MCPA through future trainings, she explained. She will schedule meetings with local civic and community groups to share information on the work of the Maryland Crime Prevention Association and encourages community leaders who are interested in learning more about these efforts to contact her at 301-387-3037.

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