Federal agents embed with Prince George's police after spate of killings

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 13, 2011; 8:27 PM

Federal agents have begun embedding with Prince George's County police homicide squads as part of an increased effort to solve and stop the spate of killings that has rocked the area this year, authorities said Thursday.

As of Thursday, the county had seen 13 homicides since Jan. 1 - including the apparently justified slaying of a home invader Tuesday night in New Carrollton. Before that incident, police officials had announced that they were transferring 19 detectives into the criminal investigations and narcotics divisions and assigning a major to coordinate anti-violence efforts inside the Capital Beltway.

Police said officers from the sheriff's office, Maryland State Police and the Mount Rainier and Bladensburg police departments joined special county police patrols Wednesday night to saturate the communities that have seen most of the violence. The supplemental force was composed of about 135 officers. Working with regular patrol officers, they made 44 arrests, served one search warrant and confiscated marijuana, cocaine and PCP, authorities said.

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