The Prince George's County murder rate continues to increase--the rate in January 2005 already exceeds the average monthly rate for 2004. Most of the January murders have taken place inside or very close to the Beltway.
In early October, County Executive Jack Johnson held one of his splashy press conferences and promised that Prince George's and DC police would begin joint patrols near the District line within a few weeks.
Seventeen weeks have passed; the patrols have not begun.
Now the media reports that they won't begin before summer (if ever?). Meanwhile, Prince George's County residents are being murdered at a rate of about one every other day.
How many more must die before Johnson stops talking and starts delivering results?
"Border Patrols Still Only On Paper"
Post, 30 Jan 2005
"Combined DC, PG Police Patrols Still Aren't Happening"
WJLA, 30 Jan 2005
"Combined Police Effort Delayed Til Summer"
WTOP, 30 Jan 2005