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Baltimore County Police Department to receive $100,000 state grant

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced $3.4 million in Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (BJAG) awards for local projects that support efforts to reduce crime in Maryland. Half of the funding will be allocated to the Maryland Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, led by the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, for the expansion of Clubs in areas identified through the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) initiative.

“Keeping our citizens and communities safe has been a top priority of our administration since day one,” said Governor Hogan. “In addition to funding to help reduce crime in Maryland, this critical investment for the Boys and Girls Clubs will ensure that our young people have access to safe after-school learning environments and programs that encourage opportunities and growth.”

With this funding, the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services continues to build upon its comprehensive crime reduction strategy, which is based on a three-pronged approach to support and enhance law enforcement, prevention, and victim services. This approach includes strategies for building a robust support system for victims of crime within the State of Maryland, prioritizing a system that reduces adverse childhood experiences in our youth population, and supporting collaborative enforcement efforts that target gangs, drug, firearms, and human trafficking organizations.

“Boys and Girls Clubs connect young people to caring adults and activities through mentoring and after school programs,” said Executive Director Glenn Fueston of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. “Making long-term investments in Maryland’s young people, prioritizing their well-being, and creating opportunities for positive community interaction are keys to creating conditions for them to succeed now, and long into the future.”

The $1.7 million awarded to the Maryland Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs will benefit an estimated 5,000 young people in Maryland, by supporting evidence-based and evidence-informed youth development programs at nearly 40 Club locations. The funding will also support expanded services, including virtual and mobile programming developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, new Club locations, and the delivery of youth development programs in Anne Arundel County, Allegany County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Cecil County, Calvert County, Carroll County, Dorchester County, Frederick County, Harford County, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Washington County. Additionally, the expansion will create more opportunities for positive interaction between young people and members of law enforcement who work, live, and volunteer in their communities.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of America is thrilled to support our Maryland Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and affiliates across the state, and to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore as a lead agent,” said Jim Clark, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We appreciate Governor Larry Hogan’s strong commitment to our mission and expansion efforts, and look forward to working closely with his administration to implement quality, evidenced-based programs across the state, in MCIN communities, and helping to create a safer Maryland.”

The remainder of the BJAG funding will be awarded to government agencies for a range of initiatives to benefit communities across the state including evidence-based law enforcement crime reduction strategies, agency transitions to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) by January 2021, and law enforcement officer wellness initiatives:

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County Organization Project Award Amount
Allegany Cumberland Police Department 2021 CPD Drug Enforcement Program $59,820
Allegany Allegany County Board of Commissioners Allegany County Sheriff’s Office Technology Improvements Initiative for Patrol & Corrections $47,614
Anne Arundel Annapolis City Police Department Exploring Predictive Policing with Machine Learning $100,000
Baltimore City Baltimore Police Department Baltimore Police Department’s Information Dashboard Project $100,000
Baltimore County Baltimore County Police Department NIBRS Implementation Project $100,000
Carroll Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Wellness 360 Initiative $70,910
Charles Charles County Sheriff’s Office Training Enhancement Program $55,000
Frederick Thurmont Police Department Communications Technology Replacement Project $36,160
Howard Howard County Police Department Advanced Technology & Training for Violent Crime Reduction $32,695
Montgomery Montgomery County, Maryland Computer Replacement Project $68,093
Prince George’s Edmonston Police Department Edmonston Police Communications Replacement Project $48,128
Prince George’s Prince George’s County Office Of The Sheriff Warrant Apprehension $100,000
Somerset Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency NIBRS Compliant RMS $296,335
St. Mary’s St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Violence Reduction Initiative $100,000
Washington Washington County Sheriff’s Office Navigating COVID in a Safe Interview Room $18,526
Wicomico Salisbury Police Department NIBRS Compliance Training $15,000
Wicomico Salisbury Police Department Exploring Predictive Policing with Machine Learning (Salisbury) $100,000
Worcester Ocean City Police Department City Watch Cameras – North Baltimore Avenue $66,000
Caroline Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Police Body Camera Digital Video Project $75,930
Cecil Town of Perryville Perryville Police Department Youth Support and Crime Prevention Outreach Program $69,152
Dorchester Town of Vienna Video Evidence Program $28,990
Dorchester Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office Technology and Equipment Upgrade for Community Support and Policing $19,592
Dorchester Cambridge Police Department Officer Wellness – Stress Treatment $8,000
Dorchester Hurlock Police Department Safety Training and Equipment Program $9,000
Garrett Oakland Police Department Digital In-Car Camera System $18,074
Washington Town of Boonsboro Technology $26,800
Wicomico Fruitland Police Department Mobile Surveillance Trailer $34,360
Wicomico Town of Pittsville Community Violence Prevention Training and Equipment Program $5,035
Worcester Pocomoke City Police Department Weapons and Drug Trafficking Reduction Initiative $15,750
Worcester Town of Berlin Palm Scanner Purchase $18,000
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