Police increase foot patrolling in 2 sections

June 20, 1994

Annapolis police are increasing foot patrols in the Annapolis Gardens and Bowman Court communities as part of a continuing effort to reduce summer crime.

For the third year, the police will add a sergeant and two patrol officers to the neighborhoods off Admiral Drive, said Chief Joseph Johnson.

The officers primarily will be looking for drug trafficking, dog fighting and gambling, the chief said.

The 178 families in the public housing units have only recently begun to work with police, said Harold S. Greene, director of the Annapolis Housing Authority, which is helping coordinate the campaign.

"This is a continuation of a program that has worked well for us," Chief Johnson said.

Jackie Jones, president of the Annapolis Gardens Residents Council, said the increased patrols help reduce crime, but residents are ambivalent about the summer program.

"I think it would help if the presence were ongoing," she said. "Now people feel it's just this week and they won't see them anymore."

POLICE LOG

* Whiskey Bottom: Someone stole a $249 phone Wednesday night from a car parked on the lot of the Arundel Olympic Swim Center off Riva Road.

* Loretta Heights: Someone used a small-caliber rifle or a pellet gun Wednesday afternoon to shoot five holes in the windshield of a car parked in the unit block of Hudson St. and caused $300 in damage.

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