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Federal funding announced to reduce crime and improve public safety in Baltimore City

Posted at 9:31 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 21:31:56-04

BALTIMORE — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume announced on Monday there will be more than $4.2 million in new federal support for the Baltimore City Police Department through the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Bureau of Justice Assistance Operation Relentless Pursuit.

This initiative which was announced in December, aims to increase federal law enforcement in several cities nationwide with high numbers of violent crime.

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“Despite COVID-19, violent crime continues to persist as serious problem for the city of Baltimore,” said the lawmakers. “These new federal resources will support ongoing collaboration between local, state, and federal governments to serve all of all Baltimore’s communities in accordance with the reforms required by the DOJ consent decree. We will continue to work closely with Baltimore Police Commissioner Harrison, city officials and community stakeholders to provide federal resources and oversight in this important fight.”

“I want to thank our federal delegation and law enforcement partners in supporting and collaborating with the Baltimore Police Department in bolstering our efforts to reduce crime and apprehend some of the worst offenders in our city,” said Commissioner Michael Harrison. “This multi-agency operation will assist the department in deploying technological enhancements and delivering a multi-faceted and thoughtful strategy for sustainable crime reduction.”

Funding will be disbursed over three years.