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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

County to add record number of police officers, Gov. to help fight auto thefts

(Posted December 27, 2005)
"PG police ranks get a boost"
Times, December 22, 2005 (by Matthew Cella, The Washington Times)

"Pr. George's Expects Largest Police Force in County History"
Post, December 21, 2005 (by Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post Staff Writer)
Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) announced today that the county's current police academy class will push the chronically short-staffed department's ranks to 1,478 officers, the highest number in the county's history.
[. . .]
The announcement comes as Johnson begins his re-election campaign and as the police department faces an increased number of homicides and other major crimes. With killings in the county hitting an all-time high this year, Johnson's handling of crime is certain to play a prominent role in the 2006 election.

Meanwhile today Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) offered help in dealing with car thefts, another crime that has plagued Prince George's County. Ehrlich announced that the state has approved a $600,000 supplemental budget request, on top of the $1.4 million spent this year in the state's vehicle theft prevention program.
[. . .]
Percy Alston, president of the Prince George's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89, said that the county will more likely be closer to its authorized strength of 1,420, rather than the projected 1,470.
Some recruits will not make it to graduation and some current officers will leave the force, Alston said. "It's not a negative on their part, some recruits just aren't cut out for the job," Alston said. "And we're losing an average of seven officers a month to attrition."
"Bigger Could Mean Better for Prince George's Police Force"
wtopnews.com, December 21, 2005 (reported by Darci Marchese, WTOP Radio)
Prince George's County is boasting that it now has the largest police force in its history. But with a record 167 murders this year, leaders realize they still have their work cut out for them. [Full story]
"Report: Prince George's Police To Add Record Number Of Officers"
nbc4.com, December 21, 2005 (AP)

"P.G. Police Force to Add Record Number of Officers"
wjla.com, December 21, 2005 (AP)

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