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Maryland Recognizes Officers For Federal Gun Enforcement Program

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Police officers in Prince George's County and Montgomery County were recognized Aug. 2 for their enforcement of gun laws under Project Exile, which allows local, state, and federal agencies to cooperate on gun crimes.
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Police officers in Prince George's County and Montgomery County were recognized Aug. 2 for their enforcement of gun laws under Project Exile, which allows local, state, and federal agencies to cooperate on gun crimes.

Local law enforcement officials took time yesterday to reinforce the benefits of Project Exile, a nationwide crime fighting tool.

Nearly a dozen officers from Prince George's and Montgomery County police forces were commended Aug. 2 for their enforcement in conjunction with Project Exile.

The national initiative allows local police and prosecutors to team with federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.s. Attorney's office law enforcement to see to it that any felon caught with a handgun faces federal charges, and if convicted, serves time in federal prison.

The program was first tested in Richmond, Va. in the late 1990s, and has since spread to jurisdictions throughout the D.C. area and the rest of the country.

Angela Alsobrooks, the Prince George's County state's attorney, says having the federal agency's at her office's disposal has been valuable.

"Our federal partners are really very strong in terms of Project Exile in helping us to target violent repeat offenders especially those who use handguns," she says. "They have tools that are not readily available on the state level to hold offenders accountable with additional time."

A special Exile tip line is available to make it easier for residents to report information about guns and drugs to police anonymously.

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