GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY, LT. GOVERNOR ANTHONY G. BROWN, AND
MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 6, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, and members of the Administration today participated in events across Maryland in recognition of National Night Out.The Governor, accompanied throughout the night by Maryland State Police Colonel Marcus Brown, joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at two community events in Baltimore City and attended an event at the Girls and Boys Club of Annapolis. Lt. Governor Brown meanwhile, attended several community gatherings in Baltimore City.
In its 30th year, National Night Out is celebrated nationwide, and includes block parties, cookouts, citizen walks, and other events designed to heighten crime-and-drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, and strengthen the partnerships between police and community.
"Building safer communities for our families starts with neighbors coming together with law enforcement, with community leaders, and standing shoulder to shoulder as One Maryland,” said Governor O’Malley. “National Night Out is both a celebration of our accomplishments, and a recognition that there is still more work to be done. Protecting the public’s safety is among our most solemn obligations as public servants, and these events illustrate that we’re all in this together.”
"Strong communities are built on a foundation of trust and a commitment to work together to make our streets safer,”said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “National Night Out is a great opportunity to strengthen partnerships between families, community organizations and public safety officials and to rededicate ourselves to building a better, safer Maryland in all of our neighborhoods."
"I am so proud that Baltimore is so strongly represented in National Night Out's 30 year anniversary celebration,"said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "Baltimore has more than doubled the number of National Night Out events from 31 in 2012 to 85 this year. The communities in Baltimore are sending a clear message that they want to work with their local police officers to make their neighborhood safer and stronger."
"Partnerships are critical to the success of our community policing efforts," Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen said. "We are grateful for the state's ongoing support and for our community's involvement as they are equally important in our efforts to reduce crime in Annapolis."
More than 50 officials from the O'Malley-Brown Administration participated in similar events this evening throughout Maryland. They include:
Together, we’ve driven violent crime and property crime down to their lowest rates ever reported, thanks to the dedication of law enforcement and the cooperation of local communities Using preliminary 2012 data:
Working with members of the General Assembly, we passed comprehension public safety legislation and are investing over $111 million in law enforcement to help ensure the safety of every Marylander including a record $67 million for local police aid.
The Administration remains committed to continuing these historic reductions in crime with seamless coordination and consistent information sharing; advances in technology; more effective warrant service, continued focus on violent repeat offenders; and improved supervision of offenders on probation and parole through the Violence Prevention Initiative. Maryland’s inter-state partnerships with public safety counterparts in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York continue to prove effective in tracking and monitoring violent offenders who move across jurisdictional boundaries. We have also successfully expanded our information sharing efforts with Maryland's boarding states on juveniles crossing state lines. Other tools such as License Plate Readers, automated pawnshop reporting, and the state’s Criminal Justice Dashboard have been instrumental in supporting efforts to fight crime.
But our work is not done, as we’ve seen in the tragic loss of life in recent weeks. That’s why we recently set a new goal to drive violent crime down another 20% by 2018, and together with our courageous community and law enforcement partners, we can make the better choices to achieve this goal.
To see a comprehensive listing of statewide National Night Out events, visit the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives website at www.community.maryland.gov