Governor Hogan announces new initiative to combat crime in Md.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Friday morning to discuss new efforts to combat crime statewide.
Hogan says a new $150 million initiative will go towards increasing support for law enforcement, crime control, and victim protection services. This initiative includes $45 million for a 50% increase in state police aid to local jurisdictions, and $50 million for salary increases and hiring bonuses to ensure competitive compensation for state police agencies.
Additional support for law enforcement will include $24 million to create an Accountability Resources Fund for body cams and de-escalation training, and $1 m million for the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and Maryland Sheriffs’ Association to expand operational training and support.
The governor says $10 million will be used for neighborhood safety grants through the Main Street Maryland Program, to be used towards hardware upgrades, lighting, cameras, increased security services for community organizations, business districts, and main streets.
Hogan additionally announced a new plan to provide a 100% state-funded match for all Crime Stoppers rewards that lead to arrests, to incentivize more witnesses to come forward and offer testimony.
$14 million to go towards victim services to restore the drastic cuts by Congress to Victims of Crime Acts funding.
Governor Hogan’s $150 million initiative also includes $6 million to restore cuts by the Maryland General Assembly for critical victims programs and initiatives. This includes the Sexual Assault Reimbursement Unit, Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program, Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence, New Futures Bridge Subsidy Program, Community Services Coordinators, and Regional Navigators Program.
We’re told additional announcements are planned for the coming weeks to provide further support for law enforcement, hold violent criminals accountable, and increase accountability for prosecutors and judges.