Harford County Receives Grant to Reduce Gun Crime

(Bel Air, Md. – July 18, 2006) — County Executive David R. Craig and Sheriff R. Thomas Golding are pleased to announce a grant award to Harford County. After a competitive grant process, $44,213 was recently presented to the County through the Governors Office of Crime Control & Prevention’s Gun Violence Reduction Grant Program.

Harford County’s project, "Combating Firearms Violence through Technology", will address surveillance video analysis commonly used in public and private venues to suppress criminal activity. The funding provided will enable the purchase of a turnkey video analysis system and training for analysts from the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. The grant funds will be utilized to purchase the most up-to-date video editing system available: Ocean Rackmount, Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD WINXP with dTective Forensic Video software bundle. The additional speed of the new system will allow faster processing of media, reducing the product output time.

The analysis system enables the presentation of clarified imagery for purposes of investigation and prosecution of gun related crimes. The new video analysis system will supplement and eventually replace a failing, outdated video analysis system currently in use.

Commenting on the grant, County Executive David R. Craig stated, “The new system will benefit regional law enforcement officials by providing visual evidence for the investigation and prosecution of gun related crimes, thereby providing a safer and more productive environment for all Maryland residents.” In the past, the Harford County Sheriff's Office has assisted over thirty different local, state and federal agencies in forensic analysis.

“The upgraded system will enable us to continue this valuable service to our law enforcement partners with the overall goal of reducing firearms related crime in Harford County,” stated Sheriff Golding.

The Governors Office of Crime Control & Prevention funded this project under grant number GVRG-2007-1020. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any State agency.

Press Release

July 18, 2006