Today, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention hosted members of law enforcement as a part of its first Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) conference. More than 100 police officers and prosecutors from around Maryland engaged in a full day of networking and discussion of best practices for data sharing and collaboration, investigative techniques and tools, and resources available through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to support crime reduction efforts for a safer Maryland.
“Ever since Governor Larry Hogan introduced the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network, law enforcement from across our state have risen to the challenge,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.“This network of committed men and women have used collaboration and cross-jurisdictional information to make individual arrests, take down criminal organizations, and stop violent repeat offenders who have compromised the quality of life for our friends, families, and neighbors here in Maryland.”
Governor Larry Hogan announced the MCIN initiative in December of 2017 as part of his crime reduction strategy, targeting repeat violent offenders and criminal organizations that compromise the quality of life for Marylanders. The MCIN model encourages data-sharing, cross-jurisdictional communication, and collaboration to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal networks operating in Maryland including: gangs, drug trafficking organizations, firearms trafficking organizations, and human trafficking organizations.
Currently, there are 13 MCIN coalitions in 11 jurisdictions in Maryland: Allegany County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, Cecil County, Dorchester County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Washington County, and Wicomico County.
Since the MCIN initiative began, law enforcement agencies have made more than 1,800 arrests, dismantled more than 500 criminal organizations, and seized more than $7 million in drugs and 400 firearms.
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention is working to expand MCIN partnerships. Potential MCIN partners attended the conference to learn more about how current partners align resources to reduce violent crime.