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Posted at 3:12 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Feds embed with Pr. George's squads

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

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."

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 13, 2011; 3:12 PM ET
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I guess devoting additional resources to the problem is a good thing.
But, how are the police the prevent homicides? And how does adding federal agents to it make it more effective?
It isn't like setting up a speed trap at a specific location to catch speeders and eventually slow drivers down.
Now if they were doing this as a sweep to pick guys with outstanding warrants you MAY catch a few people doing the shooting.
IMO this is just trying to look like you're doing something to give the appearance affecting change over a situation you really can't change.
Hope it works...but I wouldn't count on it.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 13, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's see the MOU specifying the $$$ PG will pay out for all this help.

Posted by: hungrypirana | January 13, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow. They're sending more feds to PG County than they have to the Mexican border.

Posted by: john_bruckner | January 13, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Lets us hope and let us pray ... that all the king's horses and all the king's men can put Bonnie Prince Gorgeous back together again ... but as BigDaddy651 put it ...I wouldn't count on it.

Posted by: polecatx1 | January 13, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyplace on Planet Earth run by leftists is an unmitigated flaming disaster..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 13, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Meh, who cares. As long as Rwanda doesn't cross the Potomac, I think we're OK.

Posted by: luca_20009 | January 13, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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