WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Dramatic Drop In Crime Reported In Prince George's County

Play associated audio
Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker said Wednesday that he believes the decline in the crime rate is sustainable.
Elliott Francis
Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker said Wednesday that he believes the decline in the crime rate is sustainable.

Prince George's County officials today announced what they say is a historic reduction of crime in the county.

In January 2011, Prince George s County recorded 14 homicides in the first 19 days of the year. Soon after, newly-installed county executive Rushern Baker along with local, state and federal officials created the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative hoping to reduce crime.

Today Baker joined State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and others to reveal crime in the county for 2012 is down 7 percent, along with a 35 percent reduction in homicides in the past two years.

"The point is that last year we had 3,800 less victims in our community," says County Police Chief Mark Magaw. "This year we had 2,200 less victims — that's 6,000 less victims in two years."

Baker says the numbers are dramatic and can be maintained.

"We believe these numbers are sustainable," Baker says. "We believe that this can be the norm for Prince George s County, crime decreasing in every area."

Baker also says he supports Gov. Martin O'Malley's pledge to sponsor a bill to ban assault rifles in the state.

NPR

At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.
NPR

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
NPR

After New Hampshire, Some GOP Campaigns May Stagger On In Zombie Phase

The reaper is nearer in the Republican field. The end of the dream may come for any of six candidates who desperately need at least a respectable finish in New Hampshire.
WAMU 88.5

Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.