The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has been designated as the lead agency for all government divisions in regards to emergency and law enforcement planning for the G8 Summit taking place next month at Camp David in Thurmont. "We're looking at what we need to do to be prepared for a huge influx of people in the northern end of the county, specifically Thurmont. We're looking at a potential traffic problem, so, we are trying to plan for any problems that we feel may be associated with the G8," said Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. When asked about the possibility of protestors coming to the area, his response was, "There are a lot of unknowns. What we learn changes daily. We don't know specific numbers or groups. Frankly, I hope that many demonstrators or protestors don't show up to the area, but we are going to be prepared."
In addition to normal law enforcement functions, the Sheriff's Office is coordinating with local, state and federal agencies to address issues such as perimeter security, traffic congestion, and the possibility of large crowds. He stated, "In as much as I expect some criticism for making this recommendation to FCPS, when weighing all of the necessary considerations involving public safety, security and transportation, I don't have a second thought in recommending the closure of schools." He added, "I would rather be cautious and play it safe going into this event, than have a regret later."