CHEVERLY, Md. (WDVM) — Prince George’s County is coping with a excessive variety of crime. In 2021, there have been 130 homicides, the best in 15 years. There had been additionally practically 400 carjackings, triple the quantity three years in the past.
County council members say they’re dissatisfied, however they’re hoping for some change — former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker launched a statewide initiative to sort out the uptick in crime all throughout Maryland.
This comes simply practically two weeks after a 22-year-old man was shot and killed by two teenagers at The Mall at Prince George’s. County council members say sufficient is sufficient they usually’re a brand new technique to sort out this.
“As a father, you know, someone who loves Prince George’s county, (this uptick) hurts, and it’s personal,” stated Mel Franklin, Prince George’s County Council Member at Large.
“We’ve got no choice. It’s not going to get better by ignoring it. We have to be solutions-minded, proactive in taking it head-on and that’s what while we’re here today,” stated Franklin.
On Wednesday, Rushern Baker, a gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, launched an initiative known as Transforming Neighborhoods, one thing he did throughout his time as county govt for Prince George’s County.
“We focus on areas that had high incidence of crime, dropout rates and health disparities and economic development back in those communities. In over an eight-year period, we actually turn those neighborhoods around. I think we can do the same thing throughout this great state,” stated Baker.
Now he needs to make use of that very same technique for your entire state of Maryland.
The initiative focuses on utilizing state sources to coach and rent extra officers, spend money on well being care in neighborhoods, financial growth by creating extra jobs and extra.
“We just need to take them, apply them to the state and identify the areas that have been neglected and left behind the way we did it with the transforming neighborhoods initiative,” stated Franklin.
With crime rising not simply in Prince George’s County however all through your entire state, how can the “Transforming Neighborhoods” technique be used now?
“Take some of the money we’re going to get from the federal government, it’s only one-time money, take that in and invest in these areas. Now, today. I’m not asking them to wait until Rushern Baker, Nancy Navarro, governor and lieutenant governor. I’m saying these things need to happen now,” stated Baker.
Angela Alsobrooks, THE present Prince George’s County Executive, is engaged on her personal initiative the Hope In Action Anti-Violence Project Fund, which is able to present grants to a number of non-profits that concentrate on lowering violence in communities.