Violent crime was up 32% last year in eastern Baltimore County, with murders up 75% in the Essex Precinct, rapes in the Parkville Precinct up 31%, and aggravated assaults in the White Marsh Precinct on the rise by nearly 38%. Residents of eastern Baltimore County deserve to feel safe in their homes and their communities, but I regularly hear that many don’t feel safe. Over the last 8 years, we have failed to control crime and gang activity that puts our families at risk.
The district needs a new advocate who will tackle these issues, address uncomfortable topics, and fight to properly allocate resources. It is time to stem the tide of this strong uptick in violent crime.
As your County Councilman I will:
1. Advocate to fund critical positions inside of the Baltimore County Police Department that have gone unfunded for years. We need to fill every open position in the police department.
2. Work with the Baltimore County Police to ensure they have the resources they need to implement a more robust community policing program. We need boots on the ground who can rapidly respond to issues before they escalate. It’s not enough to have one patrol car responsible for large swaths of our district with violent crime dramatically increasing. I will also encourage increased interaction between our officers and the community. We need to elevate the role of the Police & Community Relations Council.
3. Explore opportunities to create additional police substations in high crime areas.
4. Fight to create more positive interactions between our youth and law enforcement by reviving a variation of the Police Athletic League (PAL) centers. By partnering with Baltimore County Parks, we can create an opportunity for many young people to have a positive influence in their lives.
5. Work to clean up all of our communities. Many studies have shown that trash and rats are a precursor to crime. A clean community is a safe community. I will work with our communities and connect them with the county, state, and non-profit resources they need to accomplish their clean-up goals.