Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz on Tuesday touted the success of tackling violent crime in the county and detailed the work being done to ensure crime does not increase over the summer , as is traditionally the case.
Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Chief Malik Aziz on Tuesday touted the success of tackling violent crime in the county and detailed the work being done to ensure crime does not increase during the summer, as is traditionally the case.
At a press conference at police headquarters, Aziz said killings in the county were down about 30 percent from the same time last year. Meanwhile, he said, 828 firearms have been recovered, up from 660 this time in 2021, and firearm-related arrests are up 20% from a year ago.
Carjackings are also on the rise, but Aziz even said crime has been showing a steady decline as a large number of cars were recovered in January. He also said more of these crimes lead to arrests.
The summer crime initiative, Aziz said, “will focus on reducing violent crime involving guns”, with focus areas including Langley Park and Lewisdale, Greenbelt and Good Luck, Dodge Park, Branch and Naylor, Clinton Plaza, Calverton, Old Fort, Hilmar and Walters Lane and areas along the DC border.
Increasing daily patrols will be only part of it. “We identify subdomains” with real-time data, Aziz said; “We have a very robust joint analytical intelligence center that provides us with statistics on where we need to be, if we see any trends or patterns.”
But simply sending more cops to where they’re needed is only “the main thing,” the chief said.
“Our countywide community engagement teams will largely focus on engaging with residents through community events, community walks and crime prevention,” Aziz said.
He said police will be participating in countywide events this summer, ranging from standard community meetings to youth sports activities ranging from baseball and basketball to lacrosse and football.
“It doesn’t sound like crime prevention or crime reduction, but it is,” Aziz said. “They are not traditional. They don’t sound like our normal ‘I’m going out and we’re going to pressure a community really hard and put a lot of police in the community to bring down crime.’
“What we’ve done is expand our thinking,” he added – “to shift our thinking to a more holistic approach to working with all of the other partners in the system and to providing each of our resources within reach. of hand to the community in which we serve.
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