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Acceleration and expansion of the neighborhood safety grant program to include places of worship
State Prosecutor’s Office Funding Review Order
Urges Baltimore Police Department to increase tactical efforts in high crime areas
Reintroduce major crimes legislation at next extraordinary session

ANNAPOLIS, MDGovernor Larry Hogan today made a series of announcements to tackle violent crime in Baltimore City, a week after the city surpassed 300 homicides for the seventh year in a row.

“People are being shot almost every day in Baltimore City, and we all have an obligation to do something now,” Governor Hogan said. “With all the actions we have announced today, I want these families and all victims of this violence to know that we will not stop prosecuting these criminals who are terrorizing our community, and we will continue to use all the tools available. our disposition to make these neighborhoods safer and to get these violent shooters off the streets. ”

Watch today’s press conference.
See the slides from today’s press conference.

Fast Track and Expanding Neighborhood Safety Grant Program. The state is immediately accelerating and expanding its $ 10 million neighborhood safety grant program to include places of worship and vulnerable communities. These grants will support upgrades to equipment, lighting, cameras and increased security services for community organizations and business districts. This program is part of the state’s $ 150 million police refinancing initiative, which provides significantly increased funding to state and local police departments to pay for body cameras, de-escalation training , hiring more officers, victim services and community policing initiatives.

Orders the review of the funding of the state prosecutor’s office. The governor has asked the governor’s office of crime prevention, youth and victim services to conduct a top-to-bottom assessment of all funding provided to the Baltimore state attorney’s office. This funding will remain under review until this office provides complete data regarding:

  • The number of cases the office chose not to prosecute, including a breakdown of the reasons for not prosecuting
  • The number of cases argued for lower charges, including plea deals made that are below mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines
  • The number of repeat offenders who have been offered plea deals

Letter to the public prosecutor

Urges the Baltimore Police Department to redouble tactical efforts in high crime areas. The state urges the Baltimore Police Department to redouble tactical efforts in high crime areas of the city. This includes the re-establishment of district, sector and / or community patrols in high crime areas, the deployment of command or specialist vehicles and non-patrol personnel to supplement district staff with foot and vehicle patrols. visible in data-driven locations, the deployment of lighting and traffic control measures in known crime corners and areas, and the expansion of community policing efforts to help improve quality of life .

Reintroduce criminal legislation during the extraordinary session. The governor announced he would reintroduce legislation to tackle violent crime during the early December special session of the Maryland General Assembly:

  • The Firearm Violent Offenders Act Significantly tightens penalties for offenders who illegally use and possess firearms, as well as for those who illegally supply firearms to criminals.
  • The Judicial Transparency Act will require the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy to track and publish detailed information on sentences handed down by judges for violent crimes.

The governor thanked the Maryland Senate for supporting these measures in the past and will introduce them as emergency legislation so that they can come into force upon enactment.

Recent actions. Today’s announcements follow actions the governor announced last week in response to yet another round of violent crime in the city. State law enforcement agencies carried out 557 high-visibility patrol checks over the past week. In addition to now doubling all Crime Stoppers rewards that lead to arrests, the state is offering an additional $ 100,000 reward for the murder of 69-year-old Evelyn Player.

In addition, the governor announced that his office has contacted Mayor Brandon Scott’s office to set up a meeting in the coming weeks.

To date, the Hogan administration has spent over $ 1 billion on public safety and crime control efforts in the city of Baltimore.

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