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Gov. Hogan: Baltimore police and federal agents to team up in new violent crime 'strike force'

Baltimore police, state law enforcement agencies and federal agents plan to team up to create a new violent crime “strike force,” Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday during his daylong visit to the city.

The Republican governor said he had discussed the plans with U.S. Attorney Robert Hur, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and other senior officials at a meeting at the federal prosecutor’s office downtown Thursday afternoon.

They are part of an effort the Justice Department has already launched in other cities, the governor said.

“Everybody’s going to work together with a strike force that’s going to have a lot of people involved,” Hogan told reporters.

Hogan said groups of police officers and federal agents will work out of the same offices so they can quickly share information. Some elements of the cooperation had already started, Hogan said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office didn’t respond to questions about the plan’s details.

The meeting was held as Hogan spent the day in Baltimore highlighting economic development and crime fighting efforts.

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