Earlier this month Pugh called a meeting with Maryland governor Larry Hogan to request better technology to fight crime and provide better resources. This year, the city approached nearly 200 killings by mid-year – an number that has not been reached by this point in the year in a quarter-century.
“At one point we had two probation officers at every police district in our city, because we found that much of the crime that we being committed was by people who were either on probation, or who had violated their probation. Now there are only two in the entire city. I said, ‘I need two in every police district so that we can deal with that particular problem.’ There are so many issues that exist – the technology does not exist in our police department. The training that is very much needed.”