Join Our Police Reform Work Group for a Community Listening Session on July 23
Dear Prince Georgians:
Earlier this month, I announced the formation of a Police Reform Work Group that is charged with studying and reviewing Prince George’s County Police Department policies covering the full spectrum of its operations, including hiring, training and use of force policies. This Work Group, comprised of community advocates and public officials with backgrounds in law enforcement, criminal justice reform and civil rights, will present a recommendation report on police reforms for our Police Department to me no later than October 30, 2020.
As the Work Group begins their review of our Police Department, they would like to hear from County residents to gain valuable feedback and input. Therefore, the Work Group is hosting a Listening Session this Thursday, July 23 at 5:30 PM. If you would like to participate in this session, please click here to register and submit your questions, comments or concerns. Participants who wish to present their comments during the call must sign up by Wednesday, July 22 at 5:00 PM.
In addition, I also announced the formation of our COVID-19 Ambassador Compliance Team on Friday, July 17. This group, comprised of more than 70 inspectors from multiple County agencies, is responsible for conducting inspections at restaurants, retail establishments and businesses across the County, ensuring that these establishments are adhering to COVID-19 protocols such as facial covering requirements and social distancing.
They began their work this past weekend on Saturday, July 18. Initially, our focus is on distributing information packets regarding COVID-19 protocols, monitoring for capacity compliance, appropriate social distancing and face coverings, and ensuring hand washing and sanitizer is staged for use by patrons and staff.
Business and retail establishments that are violating these protocols will be given a short period of time to come into compliance. If they are not in compliance during a second visit, they could be subject to a fine of $1,000. Those who remain non-compliant on a third visit, would be shut down until they come into compliance. More information on safety protocols for businesses can be found online here. Any resident who would like to report a violation of COVID-19 safety protocols can call 311 or send an email to email@example.com.
Finally, we are continuing our work to address food insecurity in our County. Last Friday, July 17, I was proud to join staff and volunteers at Creative Suitland as we distributed groceries and hot meals through our Stand Up & Deliver program. You can learn more about the program through a recent news story from ABC7/WJLA.
I also want to provide information on this week’s distribution locations for our Stand Up & Deliver program. Today, July 21 at 12:30 PM, we will distribute prepared meals to go at Port Towns Elementary School in Hyattsville and Faith Temple No. 2 Free Will Baptist Church in Capitol Heights. On Thursday, July 23 at 12:30 PM, we will distribute prepared meals to go at Bishop McNamara High School.
Through our partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank and the Prince George’s County Council, we will distribute groceries to go on Friday, July 24 at 12:30 PM at five locations across the County: Beltsville Seventh Day Adventist Church in Beltsville, Community of Hope A.M.E. Church in Temple Hills, The First Baptist Church of District Heights in District Heights, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, and The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Upper Marlboro.
If you are in need of food assistance, please stop by one of these distribution locations this week. You can also find additional food distribution locations on our website by clicking here. If you are in a position to help those experiencing food insecurity at this time, please consider making a donation to our Stand Up & Deliver program. You can do so securely online through the United Way of the National Capital Area at UnitedWayNCA.org/PGCDelivers. Information on additional ways to donate is included below.
I want to thank Prince Georgians for working together as a community to confront the challenges that we face. I hope that you will join our Police Reform Work Group for their Listening Session this week, and please remember to continue taking safety precautions like wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing when you are out in public.
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive