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Serious crime in Woodlawn: Perception or reality?

Serious crime in Woodlawn: Perception or reality?

A police-community meeting in north Catonsville Tuesday night sparked a debate on crime trends in the Woodlawn area and how to address them, particularly when they involve juveniles.

The meeting featured a panel including Matthew Gorman, the captain of the county police Woodlawn station, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Dundalk police precinct Capt. Orlando Lilly. Charles Sydnor, a state delegate who represents the area, said he organized the meeting to help the community confront perceptions of crime with reality.

“The perception is that this is an unsafe part of Baltimore County,” Sydnor said. “My reality is that it is not.”

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