Federal Money Available

For Anti-Crime Groups

Prince George's County has received $300,000 in U.S. Department of Justice funding to build and strengthen the county's neighborhood watch groups.

Organization leaders will be able to use the money to purchase reflective safety vests and T-shirts, flashlights, pens, street signs and communications equipment. The deadline to apply for funding is Sept. 3. Grant applications are available at local police stations or on the Web at www.co.pg.md.us/PGCounty/images/pdfs/grant_application_web.pdf.

Giant Wins Award

For Recycling Effort

Giant Food LLC was given the Unsaleables Innovation Award from the Grocery Manufacturers of America for a waste reduction initiative, which was conducted in partnership with Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, also known as AERT. Polyethylene grocery bags brought back by customers to the company's supermarkets, shrink-wrap film from product packaging and corrugated packaging materials are collected and resold for conversion into home-building products manufactured by AERT for companies such as Lowe's and Weyerhaeuser. Giant spokesman Barry F. Scher said the program kept more than 100 million pounds of waste materials from going to landfills in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware in the past year.

College to Host Program

On Natural Hair Care

Prince George's Community College will host a program and panel discussion on natural hair care and braiding from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow in the college's Rennie Forum. The program will include a student presentation of braid and lock styling, a mini-job fair and book signings by Linda "Mosetta" Jones and Ademola Mandella. Nat "The Bush Doctor" Mathis, Shanti Walker and Thando Kafele will participate in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.

The college offers courses in natural hair care and braiding and certificates of completion four times a year. Classes include lessons in scalp care and basic braiding with and without extensions. Tickets for the event are $25. The college is at 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Call 301-322-0998.

Laurel Police to Undergo

Accreditation Process

Representatives from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. are expected to arrive at the Laurel Police Department on Aug. 28 to examine the department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. The team consists of out-of-state law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.

The verification process is a voluntary one. The accreditation is for a three-year period during which annual reports must be filed attesting to continued compliance with standards. Agency employees and community members are invited to offer their comments at a public information forum at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Rd., Laurel.

Those who are unable to attend but who would like to have their comments considered by the assessment team can call 301-725-1397 on Aug. 30 between 1 and 5 p.m., or mail comments to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 10302 Eaton Pl., Suite 100, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2215. Comments submitted by telephone or in person are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with the commission's standards. To obtain a copy of the standards, call 301-498-0092.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER