County Police Patrol Beef Up Effective
A conglomeration of law enforcement agencies has made more than 100 arrests in two days.
A second round of saturation patrols has resulted in nearly 60 arrests, bringing the total to more than 100 arrests in two days, according to Prince George's County Police.
A multi-jurisdictional group of over 100 additional officers, tasked with stopping violent crime in the county, concentrated on the areas most impacted by the recent violence, including 13 homicides since Jan. 1.
Thursday night, these officers made 58 arrests, 27 of which were felony arrests, and recovered guns and drugs including marijuana, ecstasy, crack cocaine and PCP. Additionally, officers served 12 arrest warrants and made hundreds of traffics stops.
In response to the 13 homicides since the beginning of the year, chief of police Mark Magaw added federal officers from the FBI, DEA and ATF earlier this week, embedding them into county homicide squads as additional investigators for the homicides. He has also added officers from the Maryland State Police, County Sheriff’s Department, Mount Rainier Police Department and Bladensburg Police Department to the county’s specialty units to cover the areas of the county where these murders have taken place.
“One of our focuses here is to get drugs and guns off the street,”said Major Joseph McCann, who has been assigned by Chief Mark Magaw to oversee the special enforcement effort.
“We want people to know that if you are breaking the law in Prince George’s County, we are going to stop you.”
This crime abatement initiative will continue daily until county leaders are confident that the violence has been stopped.