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Links 1 through 10 of 66 by South Laurel Views tagged pg_police

Magaw told The Gazette that various reasons have attributed to the decrease in crime, like streamlining the robbery unit, creating an evidence unit and shutting down 12 nightclubs.
The Washington Times reported that Magaw attributed the decrease in crime to police and community partnerships.

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Prince George’s County, Maryland…Prince George’s County Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton, joined by County Executive Jack B. Johnson, announced at a press conference today that crime in Prince George’s County continues to show a downward trend as a direct result of the successful joint efforts between the community, police department, and the media.

Chief Hylton began by stating that since the beginning of the year, the department has continued to display an overall reduction in crime, with violent crime down 11.7% and property crime down by 5.3% versus the same period for 2009. In the category on violent crimes, Chief Hylton reported homicides were down 14.0% and rapes were down by 10.8%. Robberies have shown an overall decrease of 18.3%.

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Police believe the man accused of killing two mothers and daughters in the Largo area in 2009 is a "serial killer" who may also responsible for the 2008 slaying of a Bowie woman and additional killings in other states.

Poised next to 14 large, jam-packed binders Tuesday at Prince George's police headquarters, Chief Roberto Hylton said there is "overwhelming evidence" against the alleged killer, calling him a "devious individual" who lived in the same neighborhood as the Largo-area victims.

Hylton said charges are pending against the man, who he said has been incarcerated for "several months," and said he is hopeful an indictment will be handed down by a grand jury by the end of the month. Hylton declined to say where the suspect is being held and the specific charges the man faces.

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Heavily armed tactical police in Prince George's County raid more homes than any other law enforcement agency in the state, according to newly released data from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

In the last six months of 2009, police there conducted 195 tactical entries, 105 involving crime deemed nonserious felonies and misdemeanors. That's compared with 84 such raids in Baltimore (at left, a scene from a barricade in East Baltimore in 2007) over the same time period, 63 in Baltimore County, 16 in Harford, 22 in Carroll and 27 in Howard.

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legislation requiring police agencies in Maryland to compile data on tactical entries.

The first batch of numbers, obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a Public Information Act request to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, is now out. And Calvo said it proves his point: In the last six months of 2009, Prince George's County police made more tactical raids - an average of more than one a day - than any other jurisdiction in Maryland, more than double the number conducted by officers in Baltimore City.

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She was one of about 15 Laurel area seniors who attended a Nov. 19 crime-prevention seminar with the Community Oriented Policing Services District 6 unit. The workshop, which took place at the Phelps Senior Center in Laurel, marked the second meeting of the C.O.P.S. Senior Coffee Club.

The partnership between police and the seniors stemmed from another community policing program. Sgt. Tina Blackistone said District 6 decided to reach out to Laurel area seniors because they can be especially helpful with deterring and reporting neighborhood crime.

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Prior to 1927, Prince George's County had no organized police force. The County was policed by a handful of part-time volunteer deputy sheriffs and constables. However, with the start of urbanization in the County, the 200-year-old sheriff/constable law enforcement system broke down and the County government set in motion a series of events that led to the formation of a four-man County police force. This was reorganized in 1931 and placed the County's force of now eleven officers under the command of a police chief who was appointed by the County Commissioners.

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There were 18,023 total crimes reported in Prince George's County in the first six months of the year, down about 14 percent from the 20,982 crimes in 2008. It marks one of the lowest crime rates the county has had in two decades, Hylton said.

There were 2,849 violent crimes, which includes homicides, rapes and robberies, down 9.8 percent from the first six months of last year. The 15,714 property crimes, which include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft, are down 14 percent.

The 50 homicides reported since January are 10 fewer than the same time last year.

The only crime on the rise is burglary — cases where criminals break into homes or businesses to steal. While the number of store burglaries is at 369 cases so far this year, a 32 percent drop from the 541 reported last year, criminals reportedly broke into 2,478 county homes in the first six months of this year, a 14 percent increase.

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The widow of Prince George's County Police Sergeant Richard Findley spoke out for the first time Monday about the tragedy that tore her family apart, and the controversial chain of events that followed.

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