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PGPD Teams Up with Radio One to “Stop the Violence” Radio-thon
PGPD Teams Up with Radio One to “Stop the Violence” Radio-thon

The Prince George’s County Police Department and Radio One are partnering for “Stop the Violence” day today from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., at Radio One, Inc.

This event is being held in response to the large number of homicides that have recently occurred in Prince George’s County. “[The Prince George’s County Police Department and Radio One] want the community to engage in bringing violent criminals to justice by providing information that will reduce violent crime in Prince George’s County,” said Interim Chief Mark Magaw.   

“We’re here to get tips from the community. Radio One has a lot of listeners in Prince George’s County to help us solve a homicide or any other crimes, so we’re here ready to take information from Radio One’s listeners,” says Major Andrew J. Ellis Jr., Commander of the Office of Public Affairs.

In an effort to combat violent crimes, representatives from the police department were on hand to receive anonymous tips, answer questions regarding police resources, and provide crime prevention tips to the radio listeners.

“We’ve taken some calls this morning from the community members,” says Corporal Henry Tippett, “They’ve been expressing their displeasure at the violence going on.  I would say they are concerned.”

“Since we’ve had this increase in violence that has occurred within the year we’ve put extra officers on in the evening and after hours and we’ve beefed up our homicide unit with detectives and special agents from the federal government. This is something we haven’t done since the mid-1990’s, but we have an all out effort to try to contain the violence with some successes. In fact, the last three to four weeks we have seen some decrease in the amount of homicides that have been occurring in the county,“ says Major Andrew J. Ellis Jr. “We’re cautiously optimistic but still, the level of violence is unacceptably high and we’re working with the community and Radio One to bring the crime and the violence down.”

The Radio-thon is broadcasting on radio stations: WKYS 93.9 FM, WYCB 1340 AM, WOL 1450 AM, WMMJ 102.3 FM, and Praise 104.1 FM.  Listeners may call in with information to (301) 731-4390.

“It’s very important that we have input from the community,” says Sergeant Michelle Reedy. “They have the information to share to help us bring the crime rate down. They can give us information that they might not even know is important and could help close a case; so we need them to give us a call, let us know what’s going on, even it if is out of the norm. If they aren’t comfortable calling in we have crime solvers and anonymous tip lines… we definitely need the help of the community.”

If anyone has an anonymous tip to share, please visit: www.pgpolice.org and click submit crime tip or call: (866) 411-tips.  Often the Prince George’s County Police offer cash rewards.

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