Prince George's to Take Baltimore's Lead in Crime Crackdown

Operation Maryland Exile hopes to return more arrests

Two years ago, Baltimore and Prince George's County police launched a joint effort to crack down on violent crime. Fast forward to today, and the initiative, known as Maryland Exile, which gives longer sentences in distant federal prisons to convicted felons caught carrying firearms, is showing significant improvements in Baltimore, while Prince George's lags behind.

Police in Baltimore said they have poured manpower into the effort, producing charges against 177 people. Prince George's, which dedicated only one officer to the project, has returned federal indictments against 34.

Now, acting Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto Hylton is vowing to do more. He said he will assign 10 detectives to work on Exile investigations with the help of agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Hylton said that with the crack down on crime, he hopes his county will begin to see the same results.

Click here to read the Washington Post's entire report.

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