Gov. Sending 200-Officer Strike Force To Baltimore To Take Down City's Killers

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a "strike force" and a new joint operations command center for Baltimore.

Baltimore, MD – The governor of Maryland on Monday announced a new law enforcement initiative for fighting crime in Baltimore that includes a new 200-officer “strike force.”

“People who live in Baltimore are rightfully scared,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said, according The Baltimore Sun. “They don’t feel safe in their own neighborhoods. Citizens across the state are outraged by the daily headlines of this rampant gang violence. … They’re crying out for somebody to do something to stop these killings.”

Hogan said state and federal law enforcement will also launch a “new violent crime joint operation center” in Baltimore.

He said that 200 officers from 16 agencies would work together in the new center targeting gangs, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The location of the joint operations center was kept confidential due to the sensitive nature of the work that will be done there, but it’s expected to be up and running immediately, according to Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for the governor.

Hogan also promised the expansion of “Project Exile,” a program by which federal prosecutors charge defendants in lieu of local prosecutors in the hopes of getting longer prison sentences.

The governor also promised money for signing bonuses for the Baltimore Police Department, as they desperately struggle to attract applicants to the police force.

The Baltimore Police Department had 3,000 officers 10 years ago under former Mayor Martin O’Malley, but that force was reduced by 500 officers under former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Current Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has complained she doesn’t have enough officers to patrol the city, and has asked for state assistance in tackling the city’s growing crime wave.

Pugh has also struggled to replace the police commissioner for the past year.

She announced on Tuesday that she had tapped New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison for her new commissioner after the Fort Worth chief removed himself from consideration for personal reasons on Monday.

The governor called the mayor’s announcement “very encouraging news.”

“It’s obviously been somewhat frustrating that for seven months, we haven’t had a permanent decision on the leadership,” Hogan said. “I’ve heard good things about the selection… I just want to get the leadership decided on and get the department moving in the right direction.”

The crime problem in Baltimore is also expected to be at the top of the priority list for the new state legislative session.

In December, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he would push the state to assist with several anti-crime initiatives in Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Miller said he wanted to authorize a private police force for Johns Hopkins University, help the Baltimore mayor recruit 500 new officers, and launch a second police academy out of Coppin State University.

State Senator Bill Ferguson said he appreciated Hogan’s willingness to partner with the city to tackle the problem with increasing violence, and said they needed “an all-hands-on-deck approach” to address the complex issues.

Hogan has said he will introduce legislation to increase mandatory minimum sentences for repeat gun offenders.

He also promised to introduce a bill that would create a tracking system for sentences so that judges couldn’t get away with letting defendants off too easily.

Hogan said the federal consent decree between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice wasn’t helping the problem.

He said there was too much attention paid to the failures of police and not enough paid to the violence of the criminals they’re trying to apprehend.

“There’s been a whole lot of focus on the consent decree...,” Hogan said. “I think it’s out of balance. We’re going to focus on getting the criminals off the street.”

In the first part of 2018, Hogan did a joint mission with the U.S. Marshals and Baltimore PD – Operation Seven Sentries –that resulted in the arrests of 259 individuals from 300 targeted outstanding warrants, according to WMAR.

Comments (64)
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TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Plaudits to the Governor! If they still have that low life Prosecutor that feels she can pick and choose which crimes she wants to prosecute "Good Luck" on how that will work out.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good luck men and women!!!! Kick some ass!!! God speed

tkshields
tkshields

maybe its time to fire the DA since her liberal policies aren't working and you cant put the task forces head quarters in the areas that are most affected because wouldn't that be racial profiling

T Rex
T Rex

Eight years of obumer has put America on the fast track to destruction, could very well be The trigger for our next civil war .

jwieder
jwieder

Just be safe #blue. 🇺🇸👮🚔

jwieder
jwieder

So what are you wearing when black people kill black people?

LEO0301
LEO0301

How long before the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and civil rights leaders come crawling out of the rocks complaining this initiative is targeting young black males? Dat bees wasist...

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Baltimore was a basket case when O'Malley was Mayor, I would guess it hasn't improved under the more vibrant leadership of the past few terms. Simply put, Baltimore is unsalvageable, and the sooner people, including the Governor, understand that, the better. Baltimore may have been "Charm City" 40 years ago, but it ain't no more! No amount of feds, fusion centers, or other bs is going to change the fundamental issues that sunk the city. I know Hogan can't just turn his back, but Baltimore is truly HOPELESS. The GTU scandal last year is just more dirt on the coffin. Corrupt feds will do no more than corrupt locals. There is no magic bullet. It is a cascade of administrative failures, naked corruption at all levels, and a demography that no one can discuss, but which is central to the pathology gripping the city.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

And why is everything a "strike force"? I bet Operation Seven Sentries had a sick challenge coin! Jeezus.

61mouse
61mouse

Need to get rid to people who hold office

EagleReed101
EagleReed101

America lost the war on crime when a person's race and gender became more important than experience or education. So now you have people being hired into leadership positions and they don't know their asses from their elbows.

cspcapt
cspcapt

This is not rocket science. I was a Baltimore Officer in the 70's. If you support the officers they will come!

RPG156
RPG156

The mission, finances, procurement, hiring, manpower staffing of Police in major cities should be controlled either by the state or federal government and outside the direct control of the local politicians for the sake of continuity. Large police organizations are not agile and are always the first target of new politicians that frankly have absolutely no business having any say in the safety of the citizens because they have historically done a piss pour job in the past. It is much too important a function of society's welfare to be changed every election cycle to fit a pundit's whim.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Hilarious! Sounds like the Governor is launching an invasion into foreign territory with a small army. If Baltimore is a toilet, it became so because residents, commercial interests and civic leaders preferred to play pocket pool instead of kicking bad people in the mouth. That said the most efficient plan would be to erect a WALL around the place to prevent entrance or escape, with extreme violence if necessary.

NomonK
NomonK

I thought the New DA wasn't going to fight all the criminals by creating a list of Charges she wasn't going to prosecute. Letting some go free because it's unfair to prosecute those charged with HER LIST of lesser crimes.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Simple. Build a wall around Baltimore and airdrop guns and a big bag of cash in the middle of the city. After it is over, send in city sanitation and front-end loaders to clean up.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

We need to send in Snake Pliskin......"Escape from LA", "Escape from NY"...He will clean up these lowlifes.

JBo
JBo

So...politicians created these problems in Baltimore and now they want to fix the problems they created. The fix will come if it's out of the politician's hands.

Waiting with bated breath.

Deputydog1
Deputydog1

I have no doubt the police you have are working under the assumption that the city nor the state have their backs after the fiasco of the Prosecutor in the Freddy Gray debacle! Certainly do not blame the officers of Baltimore. Cannot blame any new folks that have a desire to be an officer of the Law to go else where. Sounds like the powers are making amends to the Citizens, what about the current Officers.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Gosh, it’s almost as if pandering to criminals and maliciously pursuing charges against police officers on flimsy grounds is a recipe for disaster in communities already troubled by high crime. Huh. Who knew?

Jewelsbaby
Jewelsbaby

I wish the best success for the Boston effort Godspeed in your efforts for your safety I pray. Do your good deeds your saving lives with every gang you break.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Good luck. The DA will screw them over.

Upiperbob
Upiperbob

as a retired old time copper I commend your guts. Just go clean them out. Ask the older more experienced copper how to do it and clean it up very simple. Use the system stop everything that walks, crawls, slithers and hops Thank you

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Good luck. The liberals created this mess..as usual

Freepetta
Freepetta

Baltimore used to be a great city until the lawless racist corrupt lib garbage took over. Every once great city is ruined by them.

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

Wish the mayor of shitcago would follow suit but thats a pipe dream as he is as corrupt as they come. The crime has over run that city basically the thugs took that city over!

Maudie
Maudie

They'd better all be black or the natives will rebel, "rightfully scared" or not. It's DNA.

Jlna5434
Jlna5434

Send the gangs to New Hamphire. Police arent allowed to do their jobs in that state so the gang members will be free to terrorize at will!!!!

61mouse
61mouse

Sounds cheaper to burn the city down . They should have let it during the riots and looting a few years ago. And then get everyone out of office . And start new !!!!

DarrellB
DarrellB

Where was the Governor when Mosby said they all needed "room to riot" ?!?!?! Sending Honorable Officers into that liberal cesspool with NO legal protections in just asking for scores of DEAD Officers, Officers in prison from the radical liberal DA and Mayor, ofrOfficers sued into the poor house with the support of the DA.

Achmsons
Achmsons

This is what happens when you don't let police do their job and you try and prosecute them when they do. And they wonder why no one wants to join BPD. Now the city is in clean up mode

PAC416
PAC416

Sounds like a good idea. They need to do the same in many other cities across the country.

Chiefmurphy
Chiefmurphy

I wish I was young enough,I'd love to help.

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

Finally someone with enough intestinal fortitude and common sense to attack this issue head on In spite of the liberal tide Sweeping larger cities in this country. Congratulations Governor.

usac95
usac95

Mosby is so corrupt and they re elect her and you wonder why Baltimore is s a shit hole

GForce48
GForce48

Kudos to Gov. Hogan!

KCN
KCN

Its great to see a Governor and others in State and local government that actually get it, and take action to protect the people they serve, rather than coddle the criminal types and take sides against Law Enforcement without good cause. We know there are those out there that, oftentimes, buckle to the pressure of protesters that are usually not even aware of the facts of an incident before they decide to take to the streets.

yelyana
yelyana

Maybe Baltimore needs to re-evaluate their concealed carry laws.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

It’s because of Mosby

afp
afp

ALL CITIES WHERE THESE CREEPS ARE SHOULD DO THE SAME.

djb032
djb032

As soon as I read the first paragraph, my thought was, "this guy has to be a republican"....I googled his name snd sure enough, he is. This tide needs to turn in every major city....untie the hands of the police, stand behind them when deadly force is used against someone who had a weapon or attempted to harm the officer, stop vilifying the police, and let them do what they are trained to do.....but this will only happen under republican leadership, or a democrat who has enough of a spine to do what is right

chicubs3
chicubs3

So true!! Totally agree!

pixiepup
pixiepup

Sounds like they’re going in right direction!

LeroyStanks
LeroyStanks

It looks like Baltimore might be heading in the right direction, but remember it was the people of Baltimore who voted in a leftist like Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who significantly damaged the safety of Baltimore. So change needs to also educate stupid voters who helped put their city in peril in the first place.

Walt 324
Walt 324

Where is the Radical Racist Baltimore Mayor and her Black Police Commander NOW. She said it was all good, busing school kids to Washington to protest with David Hogg demanding No Guns In Schools, using Police Funding. Or when she cut the Police Force overall strength and funding by 33 % last summer. She ordered the removed all AR-15's and Shotguns from Patrol cars. She invited BLM & ANTIFA to the State of Maryland to discuss some problems. The kids have no A/C in the summer and no heat in the winter due to her budget cuts. While the Fat Mayor is in City Hall looking down on the People. So now you have a Problem. Impeach The Mayor Immediately along with the Chief of Police and City Counsel.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

The Governor will be declared a racist by the Democratic slave owners. You mean someone wants to stop black on black murders? Racist.

MSK
MSK

Years back I would get tickets for an Orioles series against Boston, drive down with my two sons and stay for a few days. Now I wouldn’t think of going to Baltimore if the tickets and hotel were free. I remember after Freddie Grey (you remember him, he was the criminal that Obama sent “high ranking members of his administration” to represent him at Grey’s funeral) the Orioles had to play a day game where no fans were allowed to attend because it was to dangerous due to rioting. Hope it works out for Baltimore’s sake.