Thursday, November 5, 2015

GOCCP Grant Funds Support PGSO Violent Offender Warrant Operation (395 Arrests Close 495 Warrants) #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD…the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Division completed the first phase of a warrant operation focused on getting violent offenders off county streets, which resulted in 395 arrests to close 495 warrants. The multi-week, county wide operation was funded with a grant from the Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).

This phase of the grant-funded initiative, covering the period July 1 thru September 30th, was designed specifically to focus on open warrants associated with the most violent offenders. “These additional resources are a boost to the top priority of our overall warrant strategy,” said Sheriff High. “Violent offenders represent the greatest and most immediate danger to county citizens and residents.” Sheriff High also said that GOCCP funding enables the agency to keep the operation going.
The violent offender arrests were significant. Of 128 felony arrests four were for attempted murder and 23 were for gun-related charges, with one gun seized during arrest of a suspect.  Additional arrests included 49 First Degree Assaults, 38 Robberies; 10 Sex Offenses; 3 Rapes; and 20 Burglaries. Four Carjacking arrest were also made.  

“We focused these resources on criminals who use deadly weapons in the commission of a crime,” said Captain Randall Cooper, Assistant Bureau Chief of Criminal Operations. “Our contribution to crime reduction is reducing violent offender crime by investigating the whereabouts of and arresting violent offenders; the support from GOCCP is a tremendous help to this effort.” 

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