Mayor on Hogan's Baltimore crime plan: "We're excited about it"
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - One day after Gov. Larry Hogan announced a crackdown on crime in Baltimore City, for the first time, Baltimore's mayor is addressing the crime plan.
The mayor and police commissioner were noticeably absent from the governor's announcement Tuesday. Mayor Catherine Pugh and Commissioner Kevin Davis both say they were previously occupied Tuesday but they welcome the governor's strategy.
It took more than 20 hours for Pugh to respond to the governor's sweeping crime prevention plan.
"There wasn't anything new announced," she said. "The collaboration piece is important."
The governor announced a plan to expand police presence immediately asking for aid from the Maryland State Police, Transit Police and U.S. Marshals, among others.
In the governor's announcement Tuesday, he said: "It's about taking our communities back, getting gangs and violent offenders off the streets and saving lives."
The mayor says the additional law enforcement help is welcome. "The request around the State Troopers was made July 10. So we're glad he is adhereing to the suggestions we made July 10th. We look forward to any collaboration with the State Government and we're excited about it."
Commissioner Davis says the additional agencies will primarily assist in serving high priority warrants. "The Maryland State Police warrant team has been serving warrants throughout the Summer and into the Winter in the enhanced sweep effort." Davis continues, "We will sit down with Maryland State Police and hash out the details to make it bigger and better."
The Governor is also directing more than 200 parole and probation officers to work directly with the police department to track down violent repeat offenders in violation. The Mayor says, "The 227 parole and probation officers are in the city, the Governor did what he should do to direct them work closely with our police department. That's a great thing."
The Governor says the plan will go into effect immediately.