MCPF and MCPD's Chief J. Thomas Manger (Ret.) Thank Second Genesis for Support in Preventing Opioid-Related Deaths
 
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On March 28, 2019, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger (Ret.) along with Marvin Address, President, and Thomas McElroy, Assistant Secretary of the Montgomery County Police Foundation (“MCPF”) extended their thanks and appreciation to the leadership team of Second Genesis Foundation, Inc. (“Second Genesis”) for their support to reduce opioid deaths in Montgomery County, MD. Bob Carlstrom, Chairman Emeritus and John Troha, Treasurer with Second Genesis, visited with Chief Manger at his offices just prior to his retirement after 42 years as a police officer, the last 15 years as the Chief of the Montgomery County Police Department (“MCPD”).

Chief Manger expressed his appreciation to Second Genesis for their willingness to provide funding to strategic community initiatives. First, Second Genesis supported the “DARE” education program for elementary students. Secondly, Second Genesis supported additional Narcan Kits to be used by MCPD officers to prevent opioid overdose deaths. MCPF is glad to partner with both Second Genesis and the MCPD to prevent opioid overdoses and to expand awareness of this public health crisis in Montgomery County.



 
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MCPF Supports Choose Respect Montgomery
 

For the second year in a row, MCPF is proud to support the Choose Respect Montgomery initiative. Our 2019 commitment to the program supports both the Expect Respect classroom training for 8th through 12th graders in our county and also the Choose Respect conference for 6th through 12th grade students.

Started in 2009, Choose Respect Montgomery is a public-private partnership between our Montgomery County government, law enforcement, students, teachers, and administrators, and community organizations. The initiative's mission is to promote respect in dating relationships and to raise community awareness about the prevalence of teen dating violence. Teen dating abuse is a pattern of physically, sexually, verbally, and/or emotionally abusive or controlling behavior in a dating relationship. One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse.

MCPF's support for the year-round Expect Respect program, enables free 45-minute interactive presentations for school classes or after school groups for 13- through 18-year-old youth. The training program is approved by Montgomery County Public Schools, and expects to have over 2,500 participants in 2019. During the sessions, youth learn about dating violence, warning signs, and how to help a friend and about the resources available to get help. The training is available in English and Spanish.

On April 7, 2019, MCPF board members joined hundreds of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other resource organizations at the Choose Respect Montgomery conference. Middle- and high-schoolers listened to a survivor and they participated in workshops and networked with other students.

A highlight of every year's conference is the public service announcement video contest. Students from various schools produced videos and competed for votes from their peers via social media. This year, 17,000 participants reviewed and voted on each of the student videos. Winners were honored with prize awards at a luncheon held on April 14, 2019. The winning videos are on the Choose Respect Montgomery’s website.



 
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Montgomery County’s Melissa Mollet to Emcee MCPF Annual Awards Dinner
 
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Melissa Mollet, News4 Traffic Reporter, will emcee the first Montgomery County Police Foundation (the “Foundation” or “MCPF”) Annual Awards Dinner October 16, 2019.

A Montgomery County native and Gaithersburg High School graduate, Mollet’s career began at NBC4; she was an intern in three different departments during college. She returned in 2010 as a reporter for News4 Today. Mollet earned an EMMY Award for her 2013 story Rescuers Rescued in which she detailed a Beltway accident involving a fire truck and the first responders aboard.

In between stints at NBC4, Mollet reported and anchored the morning show for KDVR in Denver. She covered a wide range of stories -- from the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings to the 2008 Democratic National Convention to several American Idol finales in Los Angeles. While at KDVR, she won a Colorado Broadcasters Association award for "Best Breaking News Story".

Mollet has also reported for Cable News 21 in Rockville, Newschannel 8 in Washington, and NBC25 in Hagerstown, where she was an anchor for every newscast from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at one time or another and created the station’s consumer segment, Test it Out Tuesday.

Melissa lives in Maryland with her husband, Jake, and children Brennan, Barrett and Colette. Norm, the mohawked Mini Goldendoodle, serves as the family mascot.

The MCPF Annual Awards Dinner will honor Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger at the Foundation’s Leadership Legacy Dinner October 16, 2019 at the Bethesda Country Club. In addition to honoring Chief Manger at the dinner, the Foundation will also award training and development and scholarships to two officers demonstrating exceptional leadership. The annual scholarships will be dedicated in Chief Manger’s name.



 
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Bethesda Rotary International Contributes to MCPF
 
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Bethesda Rotary International graciously provided a grant check to MCPF in support of MCPD and its community activities. Commander Paul Liquouri jointly accepted the check which the MCPF will earmark in support of District 2 and its summer program and the provision of backpacks to school age kids who participate in the program.  The MCPF is grateful to the Bethesda Rotary and its leadership and commitment to the local community.

 
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MCPF Supports MCP K-9 Teams
 

Guided by Sgt. Ari Elkin, leader of the MCP K-9 Corp, the new K-9 Building was opened within the last year and represents a major step forward for the MCP K-9 Team and its training and support programs. Police Officer Christopher Jordan (pictured with his dog, Harper) and his associates are working to build a special Wall of Honor to recognize the K-9 Teams and K-9’s that have served, as well as special recognition for those K-9 that died in the line of service. MCPF and its sponsors continue to support the K-9 corp via contributions towards the Wall of Honor as well as other equipment needs for officers and K-9 members (potentially vests and night vision scopes).

 
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MCPF Supports MDP Opioid Overdose Response Capabilities
 
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With financial support from the Montgomery County Police Foundation (MCPF), the Montgomery County Department of Police (MDP) has 200 officers trained and able to save lives using Narcan, an antidote to opioid overdose.

4 years ago, MDP had only 20 officers trained. After the training Chief Thomas Manger kicked off January 10, 2018, more MDP officers who volunteered to be able to save a life if they are the first responder to a 911 call for an overdose. The chief introduced Christina Gilaris, alive today because the officer who responded to a 911 call had training and a Narcan kit similar to those the Foundation supported. She was not only able to thank the officers in the classroom, all of whom volunteered for the training and to carry the Narcan kits, but also spoke at the press conference following.

Chief Manger thanked the Foundation for the funds to buy the Narcan carrying cases and spoke with the press following his class introduction. Mr. Marvin Address, President of the MCPF Board of Directors, answered questions about why the Foundation supported this initiative. “I’m tired of seeing people die who don’t have to.”

 
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Spectacular Kids Night
 

The Police Department's Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit invites families to the third annual Spectacular Kids Night! This event is an opportunity for those with special needs and their families to meet local police officers and Fire & Rescue personnel, network with other attendees, and learn about community resources all in an informal setting! Spectacular Kids Night, an idea formulated by community member Ryan Goldman, is meant to create an opportunity for "introductions and interactions" that lead to more understanding. During MCP's Autism Night Out event this past May, Ryan Goldman received a MCPD Chief's Award for his efforts in partnering with the Department's Autism/IDD Program.

 
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Dottie Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Auto
 
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Presentation of Plaque to Dottie Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Auto as a thank you for on-going support of the Montgomery County Police Foundation and the community. 

 
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