Public Safety Committee

MISSION STATEMENT
The Public Safety Committee has been established by the Mayor in order to review existing data & policies, & make recommendations related to public safety & police/security coverage within the Town of Somerset.

MEMBERSHIP
ACCOMPLISHMENTS

MATERIALS PRODUCED BY THE COMMITTEE
CHARTER
Town of Somerset
Public Safety Committee Charter
Establishment  
The Public Safety Committee (the “Committee”) has been established by the Mayor, according to Sections 13-1 and 149-5 of the Town of Somerset Code, in order to review existing data and policies, and make recommendations related public safety and police/security coverage within the Town of Somerset. The Committee shall remain in existence, until terminated by the Mayor.  

Composition and Appointment Terms  
The Committee shall consist of an odd number of members. There shall be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 9 members.  Members, and the committee chairperson, shall be nominated by the Mayor and approved by the Town Council, according to Sections 13-2 and 13-4 of the Town Code. Committee members shall serve a term of 3 years. All members shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.    

The Committee shall have one Councilmember liaison and one Councilmember alternative, according to Section 13-5 of the Town Code.  Liaisons are not voting members of the Committee.    

Officers. From among the Public Safety Committee members, the Mayor shall appoint a Committee Chair, or such other officers deemed necessary by the Mayor.  

Duties  
The Committee shall perform the following duties:  
  1. Submit public safety-related budget requests to the Mayor and Council prior to the creation of the Town’s annual budget, and recommendations for expenditures to improve Town operations and activities throughout the year;
  2. Make recommendations to the Town Council from time-to-time regarding ways to improve Town public safety operations and activities;
  3. Create and promote educational material for Somerset residents regarding best practices for personal and public safety; and
  4. Such other duties consistent with the Town Code and this Charter as may be assigned by the Mayor from time to time.
Meetings  
Meetings of the Committee shall be conducted in compliance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. With the assistance of the Town Manager, public notice and an agenda shall be issued prior to the holding of a meeting. Minutes of the meeting shall be promptly prepared, as required by the Act. Once approved by the Committee, the meeting minutes shall be given to the Town Manager.    

As required by the Act, at least one member of the Committee shall complete the online training offered by the Open Meetings Compliance Board. The trainee shall inform the Town Manager once the training has been completed. All members are encouraged to complete the training. The training is available here:
 
https://www.igsr.umd.edu/VLC/OMA/class_oma_title.php.    

Records  
Records of the Committee shall be retained in accordance with the Maryland Public Information Act. Committee members shall review the Town’s Document Retention Schedule and make certain records are retained in accordance therewith. 

A pdf version of the Charter can be found here.