Did you know that there is a “Police & Community Relations Council”
(aka: PCRC) in your area? Most people are not aware until a concern
sneaks around the corner and comes into their community.
There are 10 precincts in Baltimore County and each precinct
currently has an active PCRC made up of community groups, businesses
and concerned citizens. The PCRC acts as a support group for the
Precinct and their personnel. The PCRC assist the Baltimore County
Police Department in the education of citizens in how to reduce and
prevent crime; and acts as a liaison between the Baltimore County
Police Department and the community.
Council meetings are held monthly within nearly every Precinct
command in Baltimore County. The council members meet with the
Precinct Commander and other attending police personnel. These
meetings are an excellent way to resolve issues that exist between
the community and police department. They provide an open forum
where citizens may bring attention to problems within their
neighborhood and allow them to be addressed with the appropriate
joint police and community response. These meetings also provide a
line of communications where the police department can inform the
community of departmental programs and enlist community help in
crime prevention projects.
Members of the councils regularly recognize individual officers
within their precincts through various yearly and monthly awards.
Some police councils have fund-raisers to purchase and provide
needed equipment and supplies for their precincts.
Our goal is to make Baltimore County a safer place to live through
mutual understanding of police and citizen concerns. We provide a
structured forum where law enforcement official and citizens can
come together to discuss concerns in their neighborhoods.
The Police Community Relations Councils are constantly recruiting
and always welcome new members. We encourage our police officers to
utilize their council as an important resource to members of the
community who may be interested in: