Thursday, January 3, 2013
County police deploying extra forces to five neighborhoods throughout January.
The Prince George's County Police Department will be deploying extra officers in some areas of the county as part of an effort to continue a trend of crime reductions. Each night throughout the month of January, there will be up to 125 extra police working the beat in select neighborhoods where criminal activity has historically been an inssue. The officers will be deployed to five Prince George's County neighborhoods: Langley Park, Riverdale, Suitland, Hillcrest Heights and Glassmanor. Those areas are part of the county's Transforming Neighborhoods initiative, plan to reduce crime through interagency cooperation designed to address the root causes of criminal activity in those neighborhoods. The program has been credited with a sharp …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Officials say the county has seen a 35 percent drop in homicides over the past year.
When it comes to crime in Prince George's County, the 1980s are coming back. At a standing-room only news conference at the county's District III police station in Palmer Park, Prince George's County police and government officials announced a year of historically low crime statistics, including drastic reductions in the homicide rate and the residential burglary rate. The last time crime was this low, Ronald Reagan was president and Doug Williams was the Redskins' quarterback. Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw highlighted improved inter-agency cooperation among county departments with a focus on reducing crime as a critical element in the decline. Dubbed the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, the program sees the heads …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Robbers posing as customers hit three liquor stores just after opening hours.
A string of morning liquor store robberies has Prince George's County Police warning store owners to keep an eye out for suspicious individuals as they open shop. Police said that in each incident, the stores were robbed shortly after opening their doors by two men posing as customers. Once inside, one of the men pulls out a gun and announces a robbery, police said. Employees are then tied and the duo make off with cash. During one of the robberies, a suspected getaway vehicle was spotted. Police described it as a white SUV that might be bearing temporary Maryland license plates. The driver was identified as a black woman wearing a white shower cap and a white tank top. The most recent robbery occurred at the East Pines Liquor store in …
Friday, August 17, 2012
County police department praised for multi-agency anti-crime initiative.
A multi-agency push to reduce crime last summer in Prince George's County has won acclaim from the Maryland Association of Counties. The intergovernmental association recognized the county police department for its "2011 Summer Crime Initiative" yesterday, awarding it the President's Healthy Counties Award at the annual Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City. Lt. Col. Hector Velez, deputy chief of the county police patrol bureau, said the award shows the county has charted a "new direction" to reduce crime. "It shows that what we are doing is effective and that we aren't taking on this mission alone," said Velez in an interview. The plan was drawn up in 2011 when a series of slayings in the year's early months drew …
Monday, June 25, 2012
From a microburst that tore off roofs in Prince George's County to a bar fight in Montgomery, it was anything but peaceful in crime and public safety news over the weekend.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Maybe it was the aftermath of the summer solstice, or the collision between human nature and mother nature, but it was a weekend full of police and fire activity in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Patch will be following up on these stories today: Quick, Violent Storm Stuns Bladensburg A sudden storm that officials called a "microburst"—a violent downward draft of air—swept through a Bladensburg neighborhood, snapping trees, blowing roofs off buildings and leaving residents in the dark and seeking shelter. Shooting, Multiple Stabbings in Gaithersburg Police said nearly 100 people were involved in an altercation that broke out at the New Red Rock Café in Gaithersburg early Sunday. Police said it was a Rapper Karaoke Night gone bad…