Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 19, 2013

Safe Streets

Program targeting city’s repeat offenders

Cumberland's real troublemakers — from a crime standpoint — will be feeling the heat now that a new law enforcement program is under way.

The effort is known as Safe Streets and is designed to target individuals who repeatedly commit crimes.

The city recently hired David Goad, former Allegany County sheriff, to direct the effort. He said the program has these goals:

• Identify and prioritize offenders and warrants

• Train patrol officers on safe streets strategies

• Track prosecution of priority offenders

• Nuisance abatement

• Supervise and contain priority offenders

• Establish a watch center model

• Establish prosecution strategies

• Identify and enforce suspended and truant children

• Enhance technology

Goad describes the program as “an offender-based model established to institute seamless coordination, consistent interagency collaboration and information-sharing across all levels of government to reduce violent crime by focusing on the core group of offenders who commit the majority of violent offenses locally.”

A newly-formed Cumberland Safe Street Coalition includes the Cumberland mayor and council; Cumberland Department of Community Development; Cumberland Housing Authority; Office of the Allegany County State’s Attorney; Allegany County Sheriff’s Office; C3I and its Narcotics Investigation Unit; Allegany County Detention Center; Health Department; Board of Commissioners;  Maryland Department of Parole and Probation; Department of Juvenile Services; Western Correctional Institution and the North Branch Correctional Institution; Maryland State Police; U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

If local law enforcement, judiciary and community agencies can increase pressure on habitual, major offenders there is bound to be a positive impact on local crime and its consequences.

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