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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Anti-Crime Partnerships

Maryland to Join Federal Task Force to Remove Violent Offenders from City Streets

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland will participate in a joint task force with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to remove repeat violent offenders from Baltimore City streets and disrupt violent criminal networks.

The governor discussed the partnership during a meeting with federal, state, and city law enforcement officials at the United States Attorney’s office in Baltimore. Present at the meeting were U.S. Attorney Robert Hur; U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes; Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh; Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. William Pallozzi; Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Steve Moyer; Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention Executive Director Glenn Fueston; Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle; and officials from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Homeland Security Investigations.

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Prior to the meeting, Governor Hogan held an administration-wide cabinet meeting at the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center in West Baltimore, where he discussed his record of partnering with the City on crime-fighting and community rehabilitation initiatives, including: an additional $7 million in new funding for crime fighting technology upgrades and community violence reduction programs like the Safe Streets program; new legislation creating tougher sentences for repeat violent offenders and those committing crimes with guns; and the launch of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network, a data-sharing system that connects 36 federal, state, and local law enforcement task forces, which is expanding to include Baltimore City.

In partnership with the Baltimore Police Department, the Maryland State Police and four other state police forces, as well as state parole and probation officers, have conducted 124,191 premise and patrol checks, issued 15,013 citations, made 840 arrests, and served 819 warrants in the City. To further reduce crime and spur redevelopment, the Hogan administration launched Project C.O.R.E, an innovative blight removal program. The state has provided $75 million to strategically remove more than 1,400 blighted and dangerous properties, leveraging nearly $570 million in additional nonprofit and private sector investment for redevelopment. There are another 4,000 blighted properties – many of which are in high-crime areas – scheduled for demolition by the end of 2019, and Governor Hogan today pledged to continue investing in Project C.O.R.E for the next four years.

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