Feds embed with Pr. George's squads
Federal agents have begun embedding with Prince George's County police department homicide squads as part of an increasingly concerted effort to solve and stop the spate of killings that has rocked the area so far this year, authorities said Thursday.
Just 13 days into the new year, the county already has seen 13 homicides -- including the apparently justified slaying of a home invader Tuesday night in New Carrollton. Police officials already had announced they were transferring 19 detectives into the criminal investigations and narcotics divisions and assigning a police major specifically to coordinate anti-violence efforts inside the Beltway -- all part of an initiative to stop the killings.
Police said officers from the sheriff's office, Maryland State Police, Mount Rainier Police Department and Bladensburg Police Department joined special county police patrols Wednesday night to saturate the communities that have seen most of the violence. The supplemental force totaled about 135 officers, and working with regular patrol officers, they made 44 arrests, served 1 search warrant and confiscated marijuana, cocaine and PCP, authorities said.
"These additional officers will continue to work in the areas where our recent homicides have occurred until the violence stops," Interim Police Chief Mark Magaw said in a news release. "I am very concerned about the number of homicides since January 1st. We will stop this unacceptably high level of violence that has plagued our inner beltway communities."
| January 13, 2011; 3:12 PM ET
Categories: Homicide, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's
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