Park police talk summer safety

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Montgomery county residents gathered in Silver Spring on Wednesday to hear from leaders of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police about several summer safety issues.

Maryland National Capital Park Police Lieutenant Nicole Adams told the crowd about brush fires, one of which she already saw due to poorly discarded barbeque and cooking materials.

Although the parks and beautiful, they’re also big and residents were reminded how several local children have drowned in park waters after wandering off.

There was also some advice given to fun runners who are sometimes targeted by thieves and other criminals.

“With joggers we always tell them do not have both ear buds in both ears,” said Adams. “You have to be able to hear your surroundings as well and know what’s going on.”

The Montgomery County parks division has about 90 active duty officers but are also helped by dozens of local volunteers who have their own civilian training academy.

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