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Governor announces Crime Fighting Initiatives

February 24th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Governor Wes Moore announced Thursday a series of initiatives and funding to fight crime, including the appointment of the first Black superintendent of the Maryland State Police. During a morning news conference, Moore said data shows homicides have increased across Maryland, outpacing Baltimore City's rate, and that gun violence is overwhelming state health care system. The governor presented graphs that he said show an increase in the number of homicides and fatal shootings over the last decade across the state and that the number of non-fatal shootings has doubled…

The governor announced his selection for the next superintendent of the Maryland State Police, appointing Lt. Col. Roland Butler, who is currently the department's chief of the field operations bureau. Upon confirmation, Butler would become the state's first Black state police superintendent.