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Crime Numbers Down in Prince George's County

12/20/2012, 1:16 p.m.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who joined several other local and state officials, announced Wednesday during a standing-room only press conference that the county's historically low crime statistics for this year -- which has been the lowest in decades. Part of the credit, they said has been the impact of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI).

"When all public safety partners are working in concert and engaging the communities they serve, positive results are more likely, said Baker. "Today's statistics are an overwhelming result and a sign that the infusion of the community policing, the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative strategy, collective efforts of the States Attorney and Sheriffs Offices as well as State and Federal resources are making an undeniable mark in all categories of the County's public safety commitment to our residents and citizens -- to serve and protect."

Prince Georges County Police Chief Mark Magaw, who was also present, added however, that putting handcuffs on crime won't make it go away.

"What we can do, is commit all government agencies to partner with the police department to enhance public safety," Magaw said.

Since 1992 the county-wide crime trend in crime reduction has seen significant peaks and fluctuating valleys.

In 2012, the crime cliff dramatically began to spiral downward in the following areas: Overall violent crime 7.6 percent; property crime -- 7.1 percent and total crime 7.1 percent (2,240). Homicides are down by 35.5 percent, robberies down by 8.5 percent, burglaries down by 19 percent, stolen cars down by 14.9 percent, and non-fatal shootings down by 12 percent.

The goal of the TNI is to achieve and maintain a thriving economy, great schools, safe neighborhoods and high quality healthcare by utilizing cross-governmental resources in target neighborhoods that have significant and unique needs.

This was the first evaluation of the TNI's effectiveness since it was launched in April, and a reduction in crime has been reported in all six of the TNI target areas: Langely Park, East Riverdale/Bladensburg, Palmer Park/Kentland, Suitland, Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights and Glassmanor/Oxon Hill.

"Thanks to Baker's leadership and the hard work of county, state, and local law enforcement, we've continued to make significant progress in building a stronger, safer Prince George's County," said Brown. "But our work is far from over, and I look forward to continuing our efforts until all of our communities -- in Prince George's County and throughout Maryland -- are safe and strong."