Baltimore mayor, police commissioner respond to Governor Hogan's crime plan

Posted at 6:57 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 18:57:34-05

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis were absent from Governor Larry Hogan's crime plan press conference Tuesday, but both said there is nothing new with the initiative.

"There was nothing new announced," Pugh said during her weekly press conference Wednesday. "We're glad that he is adhering to the suggestions that I made on July 10."

In that July meeting, Pugh said she asked the governor for the the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Maryland State Police to conduct specific initiatives in Baltimore City. 

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Under the governor's Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network initiative, the Maryland State Police, the MDTA, the MTA and the Maryland Capitol Police will assist the Baltimore Police Department in addressing crime in the city. Hogan also directed more than 200 parole and probation officers to stop gangs and repeat offenders.

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"They are here in the city. They aren't additional parole and probation officers," Pugh said. "The governor did what he should do in order to direct them to work closely with our police department. I think that's a great thing."

On Tuesday, Hogan also announced an agreement with the U.S. Marshals office to conduct an aggressive sweep though Baltimore to serve warrants on violent offenders. Commissioner Davis said Wednesday those sweeps have been already been taking place with state agencies.

Pugh and Davis said they did not attend Tuesday's press conference due to prior commitments.