Prince George's County Warrant Initiative Yields 596 Arrests

ANNAPOLIS—A three-month warrant sweep in Prince George’s County resulted in 596 arrests, 160 detainers placed against offenders already behind bars, and 270 warrants administratively cleared. The initiative was part of the Governor’s core crime control strategy to enhance warrant service statewide. It allows law enforcement to move swiftly against potentially violent criminals before they offend again.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) awarded $125,660 to the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office to target some of the county’s most dangerous offenders wanted on open warrants. The initiative ran from July 14 to October 15 and resulted in a total of 1,128 total warrants disposed.

Included in the total number of arrests were offenders wanted for serious crimes such as murder, rape, child abuse, robbery, burglary, and drug offenses. During the course of this operation, specific emphasis was placed on warrants arising from incidents of domestic violence. As a result, 26 domestic violence offenders were apprehended for violation of ex-parte and peace orders.

This was a multi-agency initiative coordinated by the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office and involving law enforcement officers from across the County. The agencies involved were the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, Maryland State Police (Forestville and College Park Barracks), the United States Marshals Service, the New Carrollton Police Department, the Greenbelt Police Department, the Glenarden Police Department, the Colmar Manor Police Department, the Capitol Heights Police Department, the Cheverly Police Department, the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Police.

Source: The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP)

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