Governor Hogan Announces “Re-Fund the Police” Initiative and More Notes From 10/15 Crime Announcement

by MCS Staff

Governor Hogan held a “crime announcement” on Friday, October 15th.

Below you’ll see notes from his press conference, as tweeted by his Deputy Communications Director, Kata Hall:

• @GovLarryHogan is holding a press conference at the State House with @MDSP Superintendent Col. Jerry Jones, MD Capitol Police Chief Mike Wilson, @TheMDTA Police Chief Kevin Anderson, and @MarylandGOCCP Exec. Director Glenn Fueston.

• Governor Hogan announces a new “Re-Fund the Police” initiative: $150 million initiative to increase support for law enforcement, crime control, and victim protection services across the state.

• The governor’s initiative includes:
-$45 million for a 50% increase in state police aid to local jurisdictions
-$50 million to fund salary increases and hiring bonuses to ensure competitive compensation for state police agencies

• Additional support for law enforcement includes:
-$24 million to create an Accountability Resources Fund for body cams, de-escalation training
-$1 million for Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and Maryland Sheriffs’ Association to expand operational training and support

• The governor announces funding for safer neighborhoods, including:
-$10 million in Neighborhood Safety Grants through @MDHousing’s Main Street Maryland Program for hardware upgrades and increased security services for business districts

• Governor Hogan announces a new plan to provide a 100% state-funded match for all Crime Stoppers rewards, in order to incentivize more witnesses to come forward and offer testimony.

• The governor also announces funding for victims services, including:
-$14 million in ARPA funds to restore the drastic cuts by Congress to VOCA funding

• Governor Hogan’s $150 million initiative also includes:
-$6 million to restore cuts by the Maryland General Assembly for critical victims programs and initiatives.

• Governor Hogan will make additional announcements in the coming weeks to:
-Provide further support for law enforcement
-Hold violent criminals accountable
-Increase accountability for prosecutors and judges


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