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County Executive Leopold Asks for Tighter Security and Greater Accountability at Eastern Point Group Home in Annapolis

Annapolis (August 10, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today personally asked State Secretary of Human Resources Brenda Donald and Chief of Staff of the Department of Juvenile Services Tammy Brown to tighten security and increase accountability to Anne Arundel County with respect to the Eastern Point group home located in Annapolis.

County Executive Leopold was briefed today on a history of Police and Fire calls to the facility located on Eastern Point Road in Annapolis. In this briefing, the County Executive learned that, yesterday, a firefighter, responding to a fire call, had been assaulted by a resident of the home. Since January 1, 2006 the Police Department has responded to 456 calls to this address and the Fire Department has responded to 65 calls.

"Specifically, I have asked the State to provide me with a copy of the report detailing the results of a training program for staff recently implemented at the facility; increase monitoring by the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Juvenile Justice to a monthly basis rather than the current quarterly basis, and provide me with a copy of these monitoring reports and a status of the State license for this facility," said County Executive Leopold.

In his communications with the Secretary and Chief of Staff, Mr. Leopold made it clear that he will not tolerate the continued impact this group home is having on the safety of the surrounding community and the first responders. He also expressed his concern with the tax dollars wasted on so many calls to the property.

The Department of Human Services licenses this facility and jointly monitors the facility with the Department of Juvenile Services.


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