BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Clearing violent criminals from the streets of Baltimore. Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore City leaders say they’ve done it by the hundreds.
This comes after wrapping up a 60-day sweep of the city.
For the last two months, federal and Baltimore police have been hunting fugitives together.
They say it worked, with more than 500 arrests, 259 were the city’s most dangerous criminals.
The order came from the state’s top office more than two months ago: Hunt them down, and lock them up.
Sending state and federal badges to work alongside Baltimore police for one goal: To serve warrants on the city’s most dangerous criminals.
A 60-day sweep that Gov. Larry Hogan now says put 259 violent fugitives in handcuffs.
“We have no tolerance, whatsoever, for those who are engaging in this violent activity and terrorizing the streets of Baltimore,” Gov. Hogan said.
Wednesday, authorities gave the lowdown on the lock-ups that included; trigger pullers, gang members, murderers, and sex offenders.
This, as the city spirals out of a deadly 2017 that averaged nearly a murder a day, leading to Baltimore being named the most dangerous city in America.
“We can make Baltimore one of the safest cities in America,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said. “It’s how we collaborate. It’s how we work together.”
City and state leaders promise that will continue as they fight the bloodshed on Baltimore’s streets by rounding up the most wanted.
“We will find you. We will arrest you. We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” Gov. Hogan added.
The mayor and police commissioner say murder rates and non-fatal shootings are down this year.
Nearly 500 state, local, and federal officers worked together on the 60-day sweep.