Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Summer Crime Initiative Yields Significant Crime Reductions

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department has announced the results of the Summer Crime Initiative that was conducted from May 22 through September 1, 2011 in the five focus areas of Langley Park, Riverdale, Suitland, Hillcrest Heights, and Glassmanor.

The Summer Crime Initiative was developed as a holistic approach to fighting crime. In addition to reducing and controlling crime, the Summer Crime Initiative strengthened community partnerships and helped to improve the quality of life of residents in the five focus areas.

During the initiative, the Department and our law enforcement partners allocated additional police resources to the five focus areas in order to impact crime. County and State agencies also allocated resources to these areas to ensure that residents were receiving needed government services.

As a result of this initiative, crime has dropped significantly, both in the five focus areas and County-wide. The Summer Crime Initiative yielded violent crime reductions of 22.2% in Langley Park, 22.5% in Riverdale, 9.7% in Suitland, 23.2% in Hillcrest Heights, and 12% in Glassmanor. Year-to-date, overall crime in Prince George’s County is down 9%, violent crime is down 12.1%, and property crime is down 8.4%.

“We will not abandon our crime fighting and community raising efforts. We will continue to build on the relationships that have been established. And we will continue to partner with the community and be responsive to their needs as we develop strong, viable, crime resistant neighborhoods.” said Police Chief Mark A. Magaw.

For more information contact the Press Information Office at (301) 772-4710.

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