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Dorchester County Added to Safe Streets Initiative for Fiscal Year

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BALTIMORE, Md. – The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has given almost $2 million to nine state police jurisdictions for the fiscal year, including Dorchester County, in an effort to reduce crime, according to authorities.

The Safe Streets Initiative is a program aimed at limiting violence and crime through cooperating jurisdictions, officials say, who are adding Cambridge as one of nine sites throughout the state.

Plans to stop and arrest a main group of offenders and reduce crime by 20 percent come through he joint effort of all jurisdictions, according to Gov. Martin O’Malley. Since the initiative was enacted, overall crime in the state has reached its lowest statistic in 30 years, surpassing goals.

Each jurisdiction will receive approximately $200,000 for the current year to lower crime, train officers, track offenders, and prioritize warrants, officials say.

Since 2009, the Eastern Shore jurisdiction in Salisbury has decreased violent crime by over 50 percent, according to the GOCCP.

Funding for the program will continue until 2015, officials say.

 

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