A Prince George's County police effort to crack down on crime last summer has earned the county a "Healthy Counties Award" from the Maryland Association of Counties.
The Summer Crime Initiative focused attention on areas in P.G. that were "persistently plagued by violence," according to MACO, and used both police resources and county government employees to work to reduce crime there. Officers focused on not only stopping offenders, but improving environments in more violent areas of the county, meeting weekly with the county on the initiative, according to MACO.
As a result, MACO said, violent crime in P.G. dropped by 12.2 percent last year -- just under twice the national average.
The county beat out applicants from around the state, including the city of Baltimore and Montgomery County, to earn the award, which was presented to the county executive and P.G. Police Chief Mark Magaw at a ceremony last week.