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Prince George's County Turns to Feds For Help

Prince George's County Turns to Feds For Help

Police responded to a murder on 38th Avenue in Adelphi this week. (Michelle Basch/WTOP Photo)

January 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — Prince George’s County is bringing in over 100 federal agents to help stay the string of murders that have left more than a dozen dead just days into the new year.

Interim Police Chief Mark Magaw announced Thursday that approximately 135 officers from the FBI, DEA and ATF will be embedded into county homicide units. This follows the Wednesday, Jan. 12 announcement that the body of a woman found the previous Friday was a murder, bringing the death toll up to 13 since the beginning of 2011.

Magaw says these officers will remain embedded with the county police “until the violence stops.”

“I am very concerned about the number of homicides since January 1st,” says Magaw, according to a police release.

“We will stop this unacceptably high level of violence that has plagued our inner beltway communities.”

County Executive Rushern Baker attributed the murders on WTOP’s “Ask the Executive” program to drugs or warring “members of rival factions,” adding the interim chief “is on top of it.”

Baker also said the county population has grown faster than the police force, and said he would focus on recruiting more officers to “keep those classes up.”

Officers from the Maryland State Police, County Sheriff’s Department, Mount Rainer Police Department and Bladensburg Police Department will also assist the Prince George’s police to “saturate the areas of the county where these murders have taken place.”

A Map Showing the Locations of Murders In Pr. George’s County in 2011:

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    They need all of the help that they can get to stem this ugly tide. One a day is a bad omen. Lets all pray that these extra folks can bring this to a halt

  • 20552_1343137337912_1215571721_31006460_5991340_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    They got a serious problem, but they're reaching out and using every available resource to deal with it. Bravo!

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Good Luck Guys. Hopefully you can put an end to this problem before it goes any further.

  • Larry_apache_dist_13_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sounds like the Chief is stepping up the saturation in the high crime areas with additional boots on the ground.

    This was the partial press release: Prince George’s County, Maryland… Chief of Police Mark Magaw has announced that federal agents from the FBI, DEA, and ATF are being embedded this week into County Homicide squads to provide additional resources to assist with the investigations of 12 murders that have occurred since January 1st. Additionally, officers from the Maryland State Police, County Sheriff’s Department, Mount Rainier Police Department and Bladensburg Police Department joined County specialty units last night to saturate the areas of the county where these murders have taken place. Approximately 135 additional officers joined patrol officers to concentrate enforcement efforts in the areas of Oxon Hill, Suitland, Hillcrest Heights, Capitol Heights, Forestville, Langley Park, and Adelphi. Their goal was to take law enforcement action to prevent any future violence while obtaining information on open homicide cases. Officers made 44 arrests, including 22 felony arrests, served 1 search warrant and confiscated marijuana, cocaine, and PCP.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    Right move. Get all the help you need. Get eveyone involved.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My old County needing deep help. After the top brass goes down thinks picked up ugly. 13 and the year really has not started. Inside the beltway at that. Most people do not know that DC has forced out many that moved into those close communities. A high concentration around the the south east side. Well I am glad they are getting the help. I pray for all and prayers be with you.

  • Charger_pd_max50


    over 3 years ago


    that is unfortunate that the county is plagued with so much violence. be safe everyone!

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