TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyApril 2012

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CBS Baltimore 4/11/12 

Jessup Guards Win MD "Honor Guard" Honors  

Carroll County Times, 4/24/2012
High School Students "Drunk" Drive

The Gazette, 4/24/2012


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 DPSCS' mission is to protect the public, our employees and those under our supervision.

Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
 DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard  
Honor Guard 2012 Bag Pipes
Teams across Maryland represented law enforcement with pride during the 2012 DPSCS Honor Guard Competition. To see more photos, visit our Flickr page:
 2012 Honor Guard competition photos

This Month's Featured Stories:


DPSCS Participates in National Crime Victims' Rights Week with Regional Open Houses


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KCStopDrunk Driving Lessons  



The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI) held its first ever on-site DWI Awareness Day April 23. A class of 30 from Liberty High School in Carroll County was moved beyond words, not only by what they heard, but by what they had to do.


The day began with veteran DPSCS Crime Prevention Specialist and retired police officer Bruce Lohr leading a brief classroom session. Then came a truly first-of-its-kind experience for the teens: they had to drive and take field sobriety tests while wearing "DWI simulator" goggles, which mimic the effect of various levels of alcohol impairment.


Under the supervision of veteran law enforcement driving instructor Dan Dazzo and his staff, the kids climbed into cars and tried to negotiate the roads inside the state's Driver Training Facility. It was, to say the least, a difficult and eye-opening experience, as was the "simple" field sobriety test that followed.


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topbhcstoryVictim Rights Week



National Crime Victims' Rights Week is a national event meant to promote victims' rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.


This year, DPSCS held three regionally-based open house events to introduce its new organizational structure to community partners. We've established a new, streamlined Office of Victim Services, since we best serve victims of crime when our agencies work together seamlessly, offering the appropriate assistance to victims at each point in their journey through the criminal justice system. 


 We also honored someone from each region; either a DPSCS employee, volunteer or partner in the victims services community. Congratulations to the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (pictured after the jump: Carrie Mattews accepting on its behalf), DPSCS Victim Services Coordinator Charles Whitley and DPSCS volunteer Pat Lupson!  


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PSWtopBay Grasses Sprout in Hagerstown, Prepare for Spring Planting on Poplar Island 

 Watering bay grasses 2012

For the third year in a row Maryland Correctional Enterprises is helping the Department of Natural Resources with a critical Chesapeake Bay restoration effort - harvesting and planting 38,000 native bay grasses on rapidly eroding shore lines.  This Public Safety Works (PSW) project not only contributes to the state's sustainability, but also gives offenders from the eastern shore to western Maryland the opportunity to learn green job skills.  


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Finally, Cindy and Phil Mullikin of Carroll County, whose daughter Catherine was killed by a drunk driver in 1998 at age 20, gave a heartbreaking and courageous presentation. Their charity, Catherine's Cause, has been proactively reaching out to teens---and DWI-convicted people--- in an effort to reduce DWI crashes and tragedies like the one that severed their family forever.

 DPSCS is grateful to the MCCPI folks, the Driver Training Facility staff, and to the Mullikins for this most successful first ever DWI Awareness Day.


The Md. Community Crime Prevention Institute is based in Sykesville at the Md. Public Safety Education and Training Center. It is a component of the Police and Correctional Training Commissions. MCCPI offers many crime prevention programs for law enforcement, business owners, and private citizens. Call them at 410 875-3425.

 Drunk Driving awareness 4-23



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 As part of our effort to commemorate National Crime Victims Week, we've also launched a new victim services webpage. Designed to help victims of crime navigate the criminal justice process, the revamped page is more user friendly and can simply guide crime victims through the services offered by DPSCS.

Once there, citizens who are victims of crime will find a graphic representation of what to do, and which state agency to contact, as their case works through Maryland's criminal justice process. People will also find a Frequently Asked Questions section which thoroughly explains what happens as offenders process through the DPSCS system, and how their victims can keep informed during each step.   


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Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) began the process of growing the native bay grasses in early March. A crew planted seedlings for approximately one week, followed by over a month of intense care at MCE's greenhouse in Hagerstown, said Greenhouse for bay grasses 2012Regional Manager Mathew Hall who oversees agricultural operations. 


"They must be watered 3-4 times a day and grown in temperatures between 80-100 degrees," said Hall.   "They do best when harvested in very high humidity."   


Starting May 1st the plants will travel to Poplar Island on the Chesapeake Bay where a crew of ten pre-release offenders from the Eastern Pre-Release Unit will hand plant each.  Such projects not only give offenders job skills, but also a sense of pride in contributing positively to society, a powerful tool in rehabilitation.


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