PG Police Take Action After 9 Homicides In 9 Days

PALMER PARK, Md. (AP) — Prince George’s County police have announced a program to curb violence following nine homicides in the first nine days of the new year.

Police said in a statement late Sunday that 18 detectives are being transferred to the divisions dealing with crime investigation and drug enforcement, and six others are being assigned to federal task forces. Authorities say all municipal police agencies in the county are also being marshaled to present one force to battle the violence.

The statement came hours after police announced the shooting death late Saturday of a 21-year-old man in Forestville, which marked the county’s ninth homicide of the year. Police said they believe the shooting stemmed from a personal dispute.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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