New Violence Interrupters Program To Fight Against Teen Crime

Prince George’s Co. announces new Violence Interrupters Program

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Makaiyah White, Editor: Stacey Alexis

Will Violence Interrupters work in Prince George’s County? On Feb. 28, Prince George’s County announced a multi-pronged approach aimed at lowering the increase in the number of violent crimes committed by children. Leaders are hopeful that a collective of intervention efforts will have an impact by targeting children before they commit crimes.

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced one of the newest tools used in the fight: A Violence Prevention Task Force. “Each of them comes from across Prince George’s County,” said Alsobrooks, referring to the task force’s members. “They come from all walks of life as well, ranging from community activists to teachers, veterans, and even parents of gun violence victims.”

Their job is to identify areas where the need to mitigate violence are known and urgent. This task force is the county’s version of violence interrupters, which is a tool that has drawn criticism in other parts of the region.

How do you feel? Do you think that their call to action will be successful?