On April 8th, Chief Manger, along with approximately 15 officers of the Montgomery County Police Department were invited to participate in a Youth Summit sponsored by Epworth United Methodist Church, the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, the International Cultural Center and Emory Grove United Methodist Church.
The purpose of the summit was to create a dialogue on youth advocacy, community policing, strategies for curbing youth violence and building trust within our community. Officers participated in an open dialogue forum with approximately 150 teenagers and young adults from the Gaithersburg and Rockville areas. The officers and teens spoke on topics ranging from perceived racial profiling by the youth to how to improve the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. The summit was viewed as an overwhelming success by those who attended.