Police hold crime prevention classes

Gang violence was a leading topic for concerned residents

SILVER SPRING, Md. - A new police outreach program has officers schooling residents on the do's and don’ts of crime prevention.

Officers at the Silver Spring Police Station have begun holding classes once a month to discuss crime trends in the area and how to keep those numbers as low as possible.

Some of these tips have become even more important as nights become longer and break-ins become more prevalent.

Other topics include fraud assault and the recent uptick in gang-related violence that has seen a move across the county.

"We really want to get the word out there,” said Montgomery County Police Officer Joy Patil. “Prevention keeps kids out of the gangs and helps people feel comfortable coming to tell us about activity that is going on, so that way, we can have an impact so it doesn’t grow into the community any further.

Future classes will also feature special guests, such as detectives from homicide and other specialized divisions.

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