Columbia Housing Corp. recognized for its efforts in crime prevention

November 21, 1995|By Charles Wolpoff | Charles Wolpoff,SUN STAFF

A West Columbia corporation that manages subsidized apartments and townhouses in Howard County will receive a state award today for its work in opening a police neighborhood satellite office.

Columbia Housing Corp. will be among 145 Marylanders to be honored at the 16th annual Governor's Crime Prevention Awards Ceremony in Annapolis.

In June 1994, the corporation helped open the satellite police station in Rideout Heath, a development for low-income residents in West Columbia's Wilde Lake village.

Since then, the development has seen an 18 percent reduction in total police calls, state officials say. In addition, there was a substantial reduction in reported cases involving assaults, domestic violence and disorderly conduct.

The recipients of the governor's awards include individuals, community groups, businesses and law enforcement officers and agencies who have assisted crime prevention programs in their communities, officials said.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is scheduled to present the awards.

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