Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane appeared on the WAMD Morning Show Wednesday to discuss Maryland law regarding the reporting of child abuse and to pass along some holiday safety tips to listeners.
In light of the Penn State University scandal, in which child rape was not reported to law enforcement by a witness, Bane reviewed the Maryland law and the process for reporting child abuse.
Bane told Morning Show hosts Maynard Edwards and Cindy Mumby he supported legislation being drafted by Sen. Nancy Jacobs to impose criminal penalties for those who fail to report child abuse, but cautioned against legislative overreach.
Local law enforcement is ready for the holidays, Bane said, with a traffic task force instructed to give “no breaks” to drunk drivers. If a driver is caught drunk in Harford County, it will probably mean an “automatic trip to jail,” the sheriff added.
Bane also reminded listeners that home burglaries go up during the holidays, and he offered the following safety tips:
– Lock doors
– Put lights on a timer
– Turn on a radio
– Ancient Romans ringed their city with geese to raise an alarm in case of intruders – get a dog, any size will do!