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Pr. George's County Exec's Office Responds to Union Ads

After the Prince George's police union announced an ad campaign warning of the danger of cuts to the police budget, County Executive Jack B. Johnson's spokesman sought to highlight the upgrades the public safety agencies have seen on Johnson's watch.

"Our position is this: When you look at at public safety funding in Prince George's County, we have increased the police department's budget by 60 percent over the last seven years," said Johnson's spokesman, John Erzen. "It's gone from $145 million to $253 million. ...You have the fact that we have more police officers now than we've had in the history of the county; crime is at a 20-year low and continuing to decline; we have better equipment, better training, ... [and] no sworn personnel were laid off. ... I think that shows a very serious commitment to public safety in Prince George's County."

Asked what he thought of the ads in light of the upgrades he cited, Erzen declined to comment.

"I'm not going to get into a back and forth with the FOP on that," he said. "If they have a position and they want to state it, that's fine. But this is our position."

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 15, 2009; 3:43 PM ET
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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