Examiner, October 27, 2005
Why is it so hard to find a cop in Prince George's County when you need one? Maybe because the majority of the county's 1,400 sworn police officers are not out on patrol.
Fraternal Order of Police President Percy Alston told The Examiner that despite police officials' insistence that 65 percent of the force responds to 911 calls, makes traffic stops and otherwise protects the community, "that absolutely is not true. We have the charts and rosters to prove it."
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Having more officers on the street will not automatically halt the county's spiraling homicides - now at 144 - but a much more visible presence has be a deterrent to the dueling gangs responsible for much of the bloodshed. Not to mention that it's a lot harder to make an arrest when you're sitting behind a desk.