Homeland Security & Public Safety

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The Council of Governments’ public safety and homeland security work helps ensure the Region Forward Vision’s goal for safe communities for area residents and visitors. On homeland security, COG brings leaders together to increase the region’s ability to detect, prepare, train for, and respond to man-made and natural threats. COG works with police chiefs, fire chiefs, and other first responders on a variety of public safety issues from crime prevention to fire safety. Ensuring reliable, timely emergency communication is also a priority of COG and its members. 

News & Multimedia

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  • Scott York Wins Scull Award
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    COG Recognizes Loudoun County Chairman Scott York for Regional Leadership

    December 10, 2015

    Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor and Baltimore Metropolitan Council also receive COG regional awards at the 2015 COG Annual Meeting.

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    Heart of COG: Jennifer Schitter

    November 4, 2015

    Improving the region’s readiness and response to communicable diseases as well as addressing other public health concerns requires close coordination among area...

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    Region's Fire Chiefs Hold Press Conference on Fall Fire Safety

    October 30, 2015

    With the changing of the seasons, the region’s residents stoke their fireplaces, dust off their space heaters, and break out extension cords and candles for use...

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    Metrorail Communications Study Calls for New Equipment, Coordination

    October 22, 2015

    A new study of underground communications networks used by Metrorail recommends a long, system-wide to-do list, but also notes that important safety upgrades...

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    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to be Held September 26

    September 21, 2015

    On Saturday, September 26, the public is encouraged to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications at over 50 locations throughout...

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    Emergency Preparedness Council Urges Action During National Preparedness Month

    September 11, 2015

    September is National Preparedness Month, and National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council, chaired by Frank Principi of Prince William County, urges...

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    Metro and COG Fire Chiefs Announce New Fire/Rescue Liaison

    July 23, 2015

    Metro, with support of the COG Fire Chiefs Committee, announced the addition of a full-time fire/rescue liaison in its Rail Operations Control Center. The...

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    Crime Down Eight Percent in National Capital Region since 2010

    July 9, 2015

    Since 2010, the number of violent and property crimes has declined 8 percent in the National Capital Region, according to the 2014 Annual Report on Crime &...

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