O'Malley has made good on crime pledge

May 13, 2010

All Marylanders should note the good news about Maryland's 30-year low in violent crime. ("This is progress," May 11). Even more striking is the 12 percent reduction in the murder rate.

Many factors come into play to reduce crime and violence. Local law enforcement certainly deserves much credit, but so does the leadership at the top of our state. Maryland has been among the top 10 most violent states for far too long. This is changing thanks to effective, statewide strategies fostering cooperation between local, state and federal crime reduction efforts.

Gov. Martin O'Malley promised in his 2006 campaign that that he would prioritize reducing violent crime. He is certainly making good on that promise.

Stephanie B. Gibson, Baltimore

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