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Crime Rate Down in Prince George's County

12/20/2012, 1:54 a.m.

Prince George's County's Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) has been credited with the low crime rate in the County.

At a press conference in Upper Marlboro on Wednesday, Dec. 19, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, and County officials along with other, state, and federal officials, announced the historically low crime statistics for 2012 in Prince Georges County.

Baker said that the decreased crime statistics are attributed to community policing, the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative strategy, and the County's commitment to public safety for Prince George's County residents and citizens.

"We can't put handcuffs on crime and make it go away. What we can do, however, is commit all government agencies to partner with the police department to enhance public safety," said Prince Georges County Police Chief Mark Magaw.

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 first started in April 2012.

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 encompassed a drop in Violent Crime -11.5%, Property Crime -7% and Overall Crime -8.75%.