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Pugh says nothing new in Hogan's plan

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Governor Larry Hogan released a plan to crack down on crime in Baltimore Tuesday, criticizing Mayor Catherine Pugh’s efforts. But the mayor was not impressed.

Hogan announced more state police patrols, more probation agents serving warrants and other initiatives. Pugh responded Wednesday morning.

“There wasn’t anything new announced," she said.

In August Pugh launched a multi-agency initiative in five high crime areas that involved the police, fire, parks and health departments. But Hogan said yesterday he didn’t see that as an immediate solution.

"Obviously, things like community centers and summer jobs and free college tuition that people talk about are things that we can address," Hogan said. "Maybe they have an impact long term on crime, but they have nothing whatsoever to do with immediately taking these criminals off the streets."

But Pugh and Drew Vetter, head of the mayor’s criminal justice team, disagreed.

Vetter pointed to a map of the five high crime areas and their relationship to the nearest community centers.

“What we’re experiencing is that the decrease in violence throughout these five geographic areas is outpacing decreases city wide," said Vetter.

In the month of November in the five areas, there was a weekly 33 percent reduction in homicides and a 15 percent reduction in crime in the city overall. In November of last year weekly homicides reduced by 25 percent city wide.

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