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PG police mount major crime prevention initiative

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Prince George's County Police are conducting a crackdown on crime in one of the most populated parts of our region.

Prince George's Police make a traffic stop that turned into more. Photo: Ben Eisler/ABC7

Similar to the District's All Hands on Deck program, police are flooding local neighborhoods, aiming to keep people safe.

ABC7's Ben Eisler rode with one of the officers on duty, Sgt. Jim Davis. Watch Ben's report, which includes a traffic stop with a suspect wielding a taser, and  the discovery of marijuana residue in the car.

The department has assigned 150 officers to this team. Their mission? To prevent the deadly beginning to 2011 from repeating itself.

The department describes it as a proactive approach to deterring crime. Officers go into some of the most problem-prone areas, into the lion's den, to find perpetrators before they strike.

The focus lies inside the beltway, where most of the homicides last year took place. There were 13 homicides reported in the first 12 days of 2011.

But the department has all areas covered, paying overtime to fill in the gaps. And residents say they appreciate the effort.

The initiative will last through the end of the month, seven nights a week. So far the county has had one homicide this year.

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