Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Budget cuts threaten Third District's Long Branch post
by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer
The potential closure of a substation in Long Branch would not affect Montgomery County Police officers' ability to patrol the area, police officials said, but residents and business owners say losing the building could alter the community's feeling of safety.
Pending the County Council's approval of County Executive Isiah Leggett's fiscal 2010 budget, the Third District Police substation at Piney Branch Road and Flower Avenue could close because of county police budget cuts, said Capt. Donald M. Johnson, Third District commander. Johnson said no officers would be lost, and no MCPD staff is stationed full time in the substation.