Celebrating what’s good about neighborhoods
News reports of police officers assaulting, sometimes shooting, citizens in questionable circumstances — and of citizens attacking law enforcement professionals — have become all too common lately. Fresh and terrible news of such incidents seems to smack us weekly.
Thankfully, Southern Maryland has been spared most of this mayhem, but a recent alleged incident has shaken the community, and its law enforcement. A 32-year-old man who works at the Cove Point gas plant has accused the Calvert sheriff’s office on social media of misconduct and brutality during a traffic stop earlier this month. The agency is investigating the allegations.
In the face of such reports, now is a better time than ever to reassure the public that the vast majority of police officers sworn to protect our communities are doing so to the best of their ability. They’re the good guys. They care. Next Tuesday, Aug. 1, dozens of communities in Charles will join neighborhoods throughout Southern Maryland and across the nation in celebrating National Night Out. From La Plata to Swan Point, from Waldorf to Hughseville, and all in between, neighbors will be gathering for block parties from 6 to 8 p.m. Police officers will certainly be dropping in — not to tell people to turn down the music, but to celebrate right along with them. The whole thing encourages lasting awareness, watchfulness and deterrence of criminal activity.
Next Tuesday’s celebration is another reminder that no matter what’s going on in this increasingly divided age, Charles County is a relatively peaceful place on the planet. It’s not newsworthy that almost all of the more than 150,000 people who live, work, play and relax here do so safely each day, but it is pretty good news. So get out and enjoy the neighborhood.