Public Safety

Safer Streets

     “I believe that combating violent crime takes a comprehensive approach, including early-intervention for our at-risk youth, stronger penalties for domestic violence perpetrators, and the very best technology and resources for our law enforcement officials. We should be able park our cars and close our doors without the daily fear of thefts and break-ins.  I want to live in a community where we view our police officers as our neighbors and partners.”

I will work with County Officials:

  • Create a comprehensive network of resources for at-risk youth
  • Utilize innovative information sharing techniques
  • Increase interoperable capabilities 

Violent crime is, and has always been, a multi-faceted problem with no easy solution. Making our streets safer is rarely as easy as more officers, more arrests, more education, and less poverty. To combat violent crime, we must take an approach that touches on all causes of violence and takes steps to systematically reduce or eliminate the many variables to that lead to an unsafe community.

The first step in making our streets safer is making sure that our youngest and most vulnerable citizens have the tools they need to be successful, and that these tools are readily available. It has been proven that incarceration in a juvenile detention facility increases the risk for future involvement in the adult criminal justice system. Children who become involved in the criminal justice system require specific services and resources in order to get onto a better, healthier path. While these programs for at-risk youth exist, they seldom exist in the same place physically or on the web. Parents and social service providers should have access to a one-stop shop of information and resources for at-risk children and programs like Operation Safe Kids that have proven to be successful in breaking the cycle of violence should be expanded. Additionally, all young adults in the county should have access to a county-sponsored summer employment program. Employment provides teens with a sense of pride and responsibility, a steady income, and skills they can use moving forward.

Ensuring that the family home is a safe haven for children and parents alike is another important step towards decreasing violent crime in our community.  Domestic violence is a problem that continues to plague Prince George’s County.  In FY 2012, Prince George’s County had more Domestic Violence Protective Orders granted than any other county in the state and already this year, 20% of homicides in the county have been domestic-violence related. People who commit domestic violence crimes should be subject to harsher penalties and mandatory social services, such as counseling, to ensure that violent behavior is not repeated.

Perhaps one of the most critical and essential tools that we have to combat violent crime is technology.  Our law enforcement officials need to be able to communicate, not only with their colleagues in their own department, but also with other departments across the county and across the state. We have already made great strides in information sharing and interoperable communications - we must continue to support these initiatives while constantly adding the newest available technology.