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Governor's office grants over $500,000 to fight gang violence

Posted: 8:53 PM, Sep 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-24 20:57:08-04

County Executive Steve Schuh talked about adding ammunition to his arsenal to fight crime, specifically gang violence, in his county.

That ammunition is in the form of $550,000 granted to the county by Governor Hogan.

Glenn Fueston, with the Office of Crime Control and Prevention, speaks to the upgrades and how this will help the county police. 

"It will help them bolster their system while connecting to other counties around the state and actually outside the region," said Fueston.

Chief Tim Altomare says a good portion of this money will beef up his intelligence operation.

"So we are going to get better and stronger at using the existing intelligence out there and sharing it across jurisdictional lines so that we’re better in the region so that line on the map doesn’t stop us from going after bad guys," said Chief Altomare.

"It’s really 21st-century law enforcement cooperation that has been leading to the effective arrest we have been making and effective prosecutions," said Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County Prosecutor.

With nearly 70 arrests and three homicides attributed to gangs in Anne Arundel county in the last few years, Chief Altomare says this money will ramp up his gang task force unit. 

"We’re really going to kick in the afterburners and go after the bad guys and we are going to go after the “big fish” bad guys to make Anne Arundel county an unhealthy place to be a gang leader," said Chief Altomare.