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New Police Chief in Prince George's County

WI Web Staff Report | 7/6/2011, 12:03 p.m.

UPPER MARLBORO -- The Prince George's County Council has approved Mark Magaw as the county's police chief.

The Council officially appointed Magaw to lead the 1,500-member department on July 5. Magaw had been serving as interim chief since December, when he was appointed to replace Roberto Hylton.

Magaw, a 27-year veteran who previously served as a deputy chief and a narcotics commander, has been credited with improving morale in the department by giving lower-level supervisors more responsibility.

The County has had 60 homicides so far this year, compared with 48 at the same time last year. Magaw says that although homicides are a concern, overall crime is down 6.7 percent this year compared to the same period last