Governor Larry Hogan announced the addition of law enforcement agencies in Baltimore County and Harford County to the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network, a criminal justice strategy announced by Governor Hogan in 2017, that encourages local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information to target, disrupt, and dismantle gangs, as well as criminal organizations involved in drug, firearm, and human trafficking operations. The new coalitions will be led by the Baltimore County Police Department and the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office.
“Law enforcement agencies have disrupted and dismantled more than 800 criminal organizations under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network since 2018,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The addition of Baltimore County and Harford County to this dynamic network, strengthens our coordinated efforts to investigate, arrest, and prosecute those who terrorize our communities.”
The MCIN initiative is funded through the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. Baltimore County and Harford County were chosen based on crime statistics, proximity to Baltimore City and other jurisdictions participating in the initiative to enhance investigations, as well as proximity to major interstates that can be used for organized criminal activity like drug, firearm, and human trafficking. Adding law enforcement partnerships in Baltimore and Harford Counties will enhance investigations and increase the ability for all MCIN coalitions to share information and leverage resources.
There are now 14 MCIN coalitions in Maryland, with the addition of Baltimore and Harford counties.