New task force seeks to enhance police training

Governor Hogan has named a number of individuals to a task force commission called Police Training and Regulatory Commission, from around the state. Three of those named are from the Eastern Shore

Barbara Duncan who is Maryland’s Chief of Police, Joe Gamble of Talbot County Sheriff department and Dr. Micheal Finegan of Peninsula Mental Health Services were named as the three Eastern Shore representatives. There are approximately sixteen training academies across the state of Maryland. The goal of this new task force is to be more involved with each one of them by reviewing police training and regulations, in an effort to further enhance the efficiency and strength of training

There is a strong emphasis on communication training. An example of this would be how to safely diffuse conflict.
“We need everybody,” said Dr. Michal Finegan. “We need faith based communities to discuss change and respect for authorities. We need law enforcement to have an understanding of perceptions within a community that can influence behaviors. Better communication. Better understanding and increased sensitivity on all sides of this equation will make for a much safer Maryland.”

The task force met today, for the first time, in Syksville to put their minds together on this. There will be various representatives from around the state of Maryland that will represent the chiefs of each county.
However, it is the commissioners responsibility to access the community – particularly community leaders to enforce new regulations.

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