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D.C., Md. may share sensitive crime data

DSC_0778.JPGThe District is seeking a blanket court order to share information on juvenile suspects with neighboring Maryland, a move that has been hampered by federal privacy rules governing police and court records but that could also raise civil rights concerns.

At a meeting Tuesday in Annapolis, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) cast the effort as the next phase in intelligence-sharing between capital area law enforcement agencies, which have experienced a 25 percent reduction in homicide and other violent crime in the past year. (Most other metropolitan areas have seen similar reductions).

Law enforcement officials said the District sought the order Friday after receiving a request from Maryland.

The state has been working to map all D.C. juvenile offenders who live in the state, and vice-versa, but the District has not been able to share information to complete the effort.

Noticeably absent from Monday's meeting: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) or any member of his administration.

A Maryland official excused the absence: "They're new," and still getting settled in, surmised O'Malley's chief of crime prevention.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 1, 2010; 5:34 PM ET
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