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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Police Chief Melvin High wants surveillance cameras near "crime hotspots."

(Posted December 31, 2005)
"Police chiefs look to cameras for assistance"
Times, December 31, 2005 [another link] (by Derrill Holly, Associated Press)
. . . Prince George's County Chief Melvin C. High said he hopes to begin using the cameras to help watch crime hot spots in 2006.

The county reported 168 homicides as of yesterday, compared with 148 at the same time last year.

Chief High said the numbers have slowed compared with earlier in the year, citing trends in the past three months.

In recent months, Chief High has adjusted his community policing strategy by putting more patrol officers in areas where violent crimes have been occurring. The department also has increased arrests for weapons and drug charges.

He also noted that the county's population growth has led to an increase in crime.
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Shorter reports apparently based on the same AP story:
wjla.com, December 30, 2005
wtopnews.com, December 31, 2005

"Area Police Consider New Ways To Fight Crime With Technology"
nbc4.com, December 20, 2005
. . . In Prince George's County, Chief Melvin High wants to put surveillance cameras near so-called "crime hotspots." D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey is considering a similar plan, but he'll have to address privacy concerns before cameras can be used in city neighborhoods. . .

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