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As usual, Maryland Independent reporter Erica Mitrano did a splendid job covering the Charles County commissioners’ meeting Dec. 4. However, I must take exception to the Dec. 5 front-page headline, “Panel urges local police watchdog for oversight.”

The citizens who made up the Citizens and Law Enforcement Advisory Committee consisted of civilians, including a member of the Charles County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a president of a Charles County Democratic club, sworn officers not employed by the Charles County Sheriff's Office, a sworn officer employed by the sheriff’s office, a sworn sheriff’s officer who represented Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 24, a deputy county attorney and a deputy state’s attorney.

I wish to thank the county commissioners for appointing me to the committee. It truly was a pleasure serving with my fellow committee members, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve with them again.

My takeaway from meeting with my fellow members was that we appreciate the hardworking first responders who put their lives on the line day after day. Let me be clear, the consensus of a majority of the committee members was that there is to be no police oversight. However, an advisory panel similar to surrounding jurisdictions would be desirable.

Edward Holland, Pomfret

The writer is the former chairman of the Charles County Citizens and Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.