Residents React After Hogan Claims $45 Million to Fight Baltimore Crime – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that he will spend $45 million to try to prevent violent crime in Baltimore.

“Out of control, violent crime on the streets of Baltimore is the single most important issue facing the city,” said Governor Hogan.

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For the second time, the Governor will add more positions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spending $3.5 million on 30 new positions including 10 for the Baltimore office to help prosecute offenders. violent crime.

$6.5 million will help Baltimore Police strengthen its arresting task force.

“Active and immediate enforcement of outstanding open orders is critical to getting more violent offenders on the streets,” said Governor Hogan. “This was a top request from Mayor Scott and Commissioner Harrison when we had a crime meeting with them last month.”

$35 million will be for victim services.

At the scene of the most recent mass shooting in the city, the intersection of Liberty Heights Avenue and Gwynn Oak Avenue, there was mixed reaction to the money-making scheme.

“Yes, it will help a lot,” said Donald Jennings of Baltimore.

Another woman told WJZ that the city doesn’t have enough manpower to deal with the problem.

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“They need more manpower,” she said.

Four people were shot in a car at an intersection on March 12. Three men in their 20s were killed, a 73-year-old man survived.

Some people living in the area said the money could be used elsewhere.

“A lot of it needs to be geared toward (putting) these teenagers in places that can teach them as well as keep them busy,” says Jennings.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones agrees.

“So far, this session, the House has passed legislation banning ghost guns, improving security at gun dealers and implementing significant crime-fighting reforms in the State government while providing a higher level of security.” record funding for parole and probation,” Jones said. “Baltimores need to invest in education and community, not just politics.”

Others said it would take more than $45 million to stop the violence.

“(We need) everything we can to get this manpower and the streets and liberate this City of Baltimore,” said one Baltimore resident.

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The governor also discussed several plans to use state law enforcement agencies to assist Baltimore Police in the city, so that city officers can focus on violent crime. Residents React After Hogan Claims $45 Million to Fight Baltimore Crime – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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