Community Connections program keeps law enforcement and seniors connected
The Community Connections program of Frederick County, started in 2016, was created to provide education and safety tips to elderly people while allowing them to socialize with police and other senior citizens. Now, as many elderly are self-quarantining, the program is more important than ever.
The program was started by the late Deputy Patti Williams; Deputy Dan Cameron recently took over the program.
As part of the program, officers routinely call senior citizens to ensure their welfare. Previously, house visits were relatively common, though the in-person visits have been cut back due to the ongoing pandemic. When officers do visit, they always wear a mask and maintain a six-foot distance. The seniors greatly appreciate the company, even at a distance. Many have only been able to talk to family over the phone, so to have someone physically nearby helps combat the loneliness. Additionally, police presence in the community discourages crime and brings peace of mind.
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