An uptick in violent crimes in Montgomery Village has caught the attention of the county's top leaders. County Executive Ike Leggett has promised more officers will patrol the area.
A couple of robberies and attacks in the last few months has caught everyone's attention in the suburban community and increased calls for a new police station closer to the action.
"Clearly the word is berserk,” said Montgomery Village Foundation’s President Bob Hydorn. He was speaking of when he learned the county executive was cutting the cash for a new police station nearby.
The closest police station is several miles away from Montgomery Center—the source of recent violent crimes.
"Everyone is nervous about it. It doesn't matter if it's a brick that's thrown at a car driving by which has been happening in part of east village or a window broken. When anything happens, people get nervous,” Hydorn said.
In late December, a man—the so-called bandage bandit—robbed a local pharmacy. Around that time, the Denny's a block away was robbed, just after police officers finished their breakfast and left. Now, county leaders are addressing the area's problems in a meeting with residents.
With no new station in the works, county executive Ike Leggett promises to fund more officers in his upcoming budget—although he won't yet say how many.
“You'll see in that budget a significant increase in my delivery upon that promise in the commitment the chief and I are making to you,” Leggett said.
In the sixth district, 88 officers patrol a 35 square-mile area.