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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:

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