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Governorís Crime Prevention Awards Honors DPSCS Employees

The annual Governorís Crime Prevention Awards for 2010 honored law enforcement and correctional personnel and private citizens from across the state for their crime reduction efforts, and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services was well represented by those honors. Crime Prevention Awards Picture 1

The Division of Parole and Probationís Violence Prevention Initiative, the CHOICES youth diversion program run by correctional captains at Eastern Correctional Institution, and the CSAFE community programs operated in part by Parole and Probation and the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions all took home awards.

The Governorís Crime Prevention Awards are handed out annually at a luncheon put together by the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute, a DPSCS agency based in Sykesville under the auspices of the Police and Correctional Training Commissions.Crime Prevention Awards Picture 2

The 2010 winners included the Maryland Division of Parole and Probationís highly respected Violence Prevention Initiative, which focuses resources and supervision on violent repeat offenders most likely to re-offend and has been credited with helping some jurisdictions drastically reduce the number of homicides and violent crimes.

Eastern Correctional Institutionís Captain Walter Holmes and Captain Kevin King have reached more than three thousand children with their on-the-road CHOICES youth diversion effort. They, too, received a Governorís award for 2010.

Parole and Probation and the Advanced and Specialized Training Unit of the Police and Correctional Training Commissions have a hand in what are known as CSAFE communities. These Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement areas also target violent crime areas. CSAFE communities in Cambridge, Pocomoke City, and Frederick all won awards for 2010.

Congratulations to all the winners who helped to make Maryland safer in 2010.