But key tools, like the Violence Prevention Initiative, in which probation officers met with high-risk probationers in district police stations; the warrant task force, which provided state assistance for sweeps to serve outstanding warrants; and GunStat, an initiative that tracked gun cases and helped officials identify hotspots for enforcement and individuals for tougher prosecution, have withered on the vine. Whether that's the fault of the new administration in Annapolis, the Rawlings-Blake administration or both, it needs to be reversed. Just because these were signature initiatives of former Gov. Martin O'Malley doesn't mean Gov. Larry Hogan's administration can't or won't adopt them. They worked, and not just in Baltimore. But Mayor Rawlings-Blake needs to make a push for them, and a good first step in that direction would be to stop sniping at Governor Hogan. Railing against the state's Republican chief executive (who has largely held his fire in return) might seem like good politics for next year's Democratic mayoral primary, but reducing the homicide rate would be even better.