Maryland governor will unveil statewide crime fighting package ‘soon’

In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis, Maryland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

LARGO, Md. — A legislative agenda on efforts to fight crime is coming “soon,”  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday.

“We’re going to have an announcement about a statewide violent crime package and about some legislation and a number of initiatives,” Hogan told reporters at a groundbreaking in Prince George’s County.

But Hogan said those details would come at a later date.

When asked about his concerns regarding Baltimore’s homicide rate, Hogan said, “Obviously, we’re very concerned about violent crime in the city.”

This year, with just a month left, the number of homicides in Baltimore is at 319, more than all of last year.

Hogan, who spent much of Wednesday at the funeral for Baltimore police Detective Sean Suiter, said he’s working closely with Baltimore Mayor Katherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. But he added that he isn’t trying to “take over” crime fighting in Baltimore City.

“We do have some issues and concerns, and we think there are some things we can do at the state level to help, and we’re going to provide as much assistance as we can because people are dying in the streets.”

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