Gov. William Donald Schaefer called today for new strategies for law enforcement in the community as he opened the Governor's Summit on Violent Crime at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The governor's opening remarks came as approximately 700 law enforcement officials and business and community leaders gathered to address the mounting crime problem in the city and throughout Maryland.
Mr. Schaefer said the crime problem cannot be solved simply by "throwing money at it." Rather, he said, issues such as the disintegration of the family and education and welfare reform must be addressed.
"I don't expect a miracle," he said, but if citizens were to view crime problems in a different light he would consider the summit a success.
"If we leave here saying everything is OK, and we're going to do everything the same, then we've wasted our time," Mr. Schaefer said.
Bishop L. Robinson, secretary of public safety and correctional services, pointed to a 23 percent increase in adult arrests since 1987.
Secretary Robinson added that more than 150,000 are either incarcerated or under correctional supervision in Maryland.
"So it is very clear that we must preserve our very limited space for a very long time to incarcerate violent crime offenders, drug traffickers and repeat offenders," he said.
Others scheduled to address the meeting were FBI Director William Sessions and U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr.
During the meeting, Mr. Schaefer is expected to describe plans for a drug strike force that will be coordinated by state police investigators to intercept and dismantle organized drug trafficking in the state.
The strike force is part of a statewide strategy on violent street crime that will be announced at the end of the summit by Mr. Schaefer and Mr. Robinson.
The strike force will target drug dealers from out of state, particularly New York, who are trying to establish themselves in Baltimore and other parts of the state.
Frederick, Easton and Salisbury have experienced dramatic increases in the trafficking of crack cocaine.