Wednesday, December 19, 2012

PGPD Announces 35% Drop in Homicide Rate, Overall Crime Down

The Prince George’s County Police Department recorded a 35% reduction in the homicide rate in 2012.  That is the largest drop the County has seen since the PGPD began tracking homicides in 1972.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw welcomed County Executive Rushern Baker as well as other local, state and federal partners to headquarters for the announcement today.   “We are down, in some cases by double digits, in every violent crime and property crime category,” said Chief Magaw. “We are eager to expand upon these successes in 2013.”

The PGPD recorded an overall violent crime reduction of 7.6%, overall property crime is down 7.1% and the overall crime rate is also down by 7.1%.  Fatal motor vehicles crashes dropped 29% in 2012.

The county’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative is credited with helping drive down crime. The ongoing initiative ensures that those in our community in the greatest need of government attention get the resources and support they need.

Portion of press conference featuring Chief Magaw and County Executive Baker

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

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