Hogan Announces $45 Million Crime And Police Initiatives; Presses For Emergency Crime Bills

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Governor Larry Hogan today announced $45 million for major violent crime initiatives, more resources to expand warrant initiatives in Baltimore City, and additional funding to protect victim services providers from devastating federal cuts. The governor also announced expanded initiatives and coordination to address violent crime in Baltimore City, and again called on the Maryland General Assembly to pass his emergency crime bills.

“These are critical investments of funding and manpower to assist Baltimore City law enforcement, and we will continue to take additional actions at the state level to back them up in every way we can,” said Governor Hogan. “With only 18 days left of the session, both the House  and the Senate need to finish the job by finally passing the Violent Firearms Offender Act, which will actually help us get the shooters and murderers off the streets.”

$45 MILLION FOR MAJOR VIOLENT CRIME INITIATIVES:

$3.5 million to support additional prosecutors and staff for the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Maryland, including:

  • 10 additional Special Assistant United States Attorneys for the Baltimore Office;
  • Four additional Special Assistant United States Attorneys for the Greenbelt Office;
  • 10 additional investigators for the Special Investigative Section; and
  • Five data analysts, and four legal support personnel.

“Reducing violent crime in Maryland remains our top priority,” said United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron. “I am grateful for the unprecedented level of additional resources the governor has provided to my office to combat violence in Baltimore, Prince George’s County, and throughout the state. These resources, coupled with support from Attorney General Brian Frosh, will allow us to remove more violent criminals, especially repeat violent offenders, from the streets, having an immediate impact on the safety of our communities.”

$6.5 million to get more violent offenders off the streets by:

  • Expanding the Baltimore Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force (WATF); and
  • Increasing the participation of state and regional law enforcement partners to clear warrants for the highest priority cases and offenders.
  • This funding was a direct request from Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott.

$35 million to guard against devastating federal cuts and fully fund Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants to support victim services providers.

“We’re so appreciative of Governor Hogan’s continued commitment to partner with all 118 victim services providers throughout the State of Maryland through his budgetary support of $35 million in VOCA bridge funding in the supplemental budget,” said Adam Rosenberg, executive director of Center for Hope. “These funds will ensure continued services and support provided by nonprofit agencies, municipalities, hospitals, and government partners for tens of thousands of survivors of violence of all ages and all crimes.”

ENHANCED COORDINATION AND INITIATIVES WITH BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Maryland State Police (MSP) and state law enforcement agencies are providing enhanced support and coordination in a number of areas, including:

  • Ongoing MSP participation in the Warrant Apprehension Task Force;
  • Ramped up tracking of open warrants for violent criminals, and ongoing investigative support to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD);
  • Increased enhanced visibility patrols by state police agencies, including the 1700 block of N. Chester St;
  • Partnering on BPD’s Regional Auto Theft Task Force, with MSP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and Automotive Safety Enforcement Division conducting ongoing patrols;
  • Division of Parole & Probation officers continue to be embedded throughout the city;
  • Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) providing investigative assistance and coordination on Baltimore City cases and cases impacting surrounding jurisdictions; and
  • Ongoing planning for additional joint warrant surge initiatives.

PRESSES FOR PASSAGE OF EMERGENCY CRIME BILLS:

Governor Hogan called on the General Assembly to pass his emergency crime billsincluding:

  • The Judicial Transparency Act (SB 392), which unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month. The measure will require that, for the first time, detailed information is published on the sentences that are handed down for violent crimes.
  • The Violent Firearms Offender Act (HB 423/SB 396) to significantly toughen penalties for offenders who use and illegally possess firearms, as well as those who illegally supply firearms to criminals.
    • The governor noted that some of the key provisions of this legislation are included in SB 861, which also passed the Senate. Those provisions include: changing from a misdemeanor to a felony the use of a firearm in commission of a violent crime, changing from a misdemeanor to a felony the use of an assault weapon in commission of a violent crime, clarifying that the theft of a handgun is a felony, and strengthening prosecutions of gun crimes by making sure trials move forward with crucial firearms evidence.

The funding initiatives announced by the governor today will be included in a future supplemental budget.

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        1. Christ, Donald Trump was the worst President of the modern era. He was worse than Carter. Carter inherited a mess and he was weak. Trump inherited the longest running economic expansion this country has ever had. When he left office this country was poorer, weaker and sicker than when he came in. His tax cuts were a disaster. He was inept and unqualified. Other than the tax cuts, he had no major legislative accomplishments. He was soundly defeated but still attempted a coup..thankfully he failed at that too. Trump was a disaster for this country.

          1. Bidumb is worst president we ever had. The whole world is laughing at America. He can’t tell the truth about anything. He got people killed in the Middle East he’s a racist. He’s as crooked as 3 dollar bill You Democraps better wake or we won’t have a country anymore. Democraps are dumb as a pile of rocks. FJB. TRUMP 2024.

  1. “Bidumb is worst president we ever had. The whole world is laughing at America. He can’t tell the truth about anything. He got people killed in the Middle East he’s a racist. He’s as crooked as 3 dollar bill You Democraps better wake or we won’t have a country anymore. Democraps are dumb as a pile of rocks. FJB. TRUMP 2024.” Let me know when you have something intelligent to say. Let me know when you have an actual verifiable fact to discuss.

    1. Why don’t you do some research instead of believing all the bull crap the Democraps are feeding you. I don’t know if you are ignorant or just plain stupid. FJB. TRUMP. 2024.

      1. Well since you can’t provide one example of WHY you think Trump was so good for America, you really shouldn’t go around calling anyone else ignorant or stupid. Trump failed to achieve the economic gains for the country he set out to do. He failed to even put forth an infrastructure bill—one was always coming next week. He weakened the US internationally. His idiotic tarriffs hurt American consumers and American companies. He was an unmitigated disaster.

          1. While your comment is false–as most are–it has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic. Come on No Clue, keep up with the conversation.

        1. Oh btw Biden has hit a record low approval rating so trump definitely isn’t the worst president in history, you however are the worst debater in American history

        2. When bidum said if you don’t vote for me you ain’t black. Well I didn’t vote for the pos Trump did more for blacks than any Democrap It must be ruff being the dumbest pos on earth. FJB. TRUMP 2024

          1. What did Trump do for blacks that was so great? BTW..all of your comments about Biden are irrelevant. My comments were about Trump no Biden. Stay with the topic.

          2. I mean, facts were literally placed infront of the moron and he still can’t read
            Maybe it needs to be written in crayon

        3. You said trump was the worst president ever, I just showed you that he wasn’t
          With Biden his approval rating is the worst in United States history, inflation is at a all time high because of all the free money that was given out
          Remember this quote “it won’t cost nothing “ yep that was biden, gas prices are soring and he has zero clue how to get it under control
          Biden has zero clue about anything, very much like yourself
          So yes my comments are very relevant to your questions

          1. Poll numbers is what you are using? Ok. Trump’s polling at this point of his Presidency were lower and Trump never had aggregated poll ratings above 50%. So you lose on that point. It is odd, but not surprising,that you Trumpers think the only stimulus provided during the pandemic was under Biden. It is also odd, but not surprising, that you Trumpers think the only reason inflation is up because the money supply is up. There is no point in trying to talk to you about this because you have already shown that you do not understand basic supply/demand. There is no way you will grasp the combined impacts of monetary policy, fiscal policy, supply, demand and geopolitics.

  2. Regarding the Vernon Jones article: Did you read it? The Platinum Plan was pre-election proposal that never went anywhere. A primary goal of the First Act was to release convicted criminals from jail sooner; hardly a bonus to the country or the minority communities. Anything else you want to try?

  3. It is worth noting that Jimco has not replied despite having made the first comments. No Clue is working hard once again to show everyone just how little he knows.

    1. I know more then you will ever will know. You pos. I still don’t know if you ignorant or just plain stupid. I think you’re just plain stupid. FJB. TRUMP 2024.

      1. All you have shown that you know is the talking points from Fox, Brietbart, etc. You have not offered a single fact. If you actually do know anything, post it instead of the childish gibberish you’ve put up so far.

    1. Biden’s poll ratings are irrelevant to a discussion of Trump’s incompetence. Not sure why you don’t understand this, but then again, you don’t understand much.

  4. More facts

    Under the Trump administration, the Black unemployment rate steadily improved, dropping to 5.4 percent at its bottom in August 2019, compared to 7.5 percent when Trump took office in January 2017. But that achievement is attributable to economic growth that was already revving when Trump took office, economists say.

    I just find it hilarious you refer to myself as a trumper when in fact I’m not, I just show facts as always

    1. Yes that achievement was not Trump’s nor was it Obama’s nor was it Congress’. The economy had been growing since Q3 2009 when Trump took office in Q1 2017. Average real GDP growth under Trump prior to the pandemic was little changed from the average real GDP growth under Obama. Trump produced no new programs, no new legislation and no significantly increased federal spending that impacted minority unemployment or the general level of unemployment. Trump just happened to be President as the longest expansion in US history was ending.

        1. Here’s tip, No Clue. Saying something is wrong does not make it wrong. You actually have to provide evidence. Which, of course, you never do.

          1. “Dumb dogs best friend says: March 30, 2022 at 11:33 am I do, you don’t”
            Ok, so please prove the US economy was not in expansion from Q3 2009 to Q1 2017. Please offer proof that real GDP under Trump substantially exceeded real GDP during the previous 4 or 8 years. Please provide a list of the Trump proposed legislation, programs, or increased federal budgetary changes that significantly impacted US employment of African Americans or the general level of employment.

  5. Trump entered office with African American unemployment at 7.5%. It reached a low of 5.4% in Sept 2019 and then started rising again. When he left office, it was 9.2% down from a peak of 16.8%. Today it stands at 6.6%.

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