Two Prince George's County crime prevention programs have been cited for excellence by the state of Maryland. At a ceremony last week, Gov. Harry Hughes said the county's police department's burglary prevention program and its "Stop Child Abuse Through Education" program had been identified by the state department of public safety and correctional services as two of the most outstanding crime prevention programs in Maryland.
Under the burglary prevention program, begun in 1982, two specially trained officers conduct security surveys for homes and businesses in each of the six districts. The burglary prevention officer is given two days of special training. The program also seeks to increase neighborhhod and business involvement in crime prevention and investigation.
The child abuse prevention program, begun this year, helps adults recognize signs of child abuse and prevent it. The program also tries to identify, investigate and treat victims and their families. Jaycees to Make Santa Calls
The Crescent Cities Jaycees organization in Temple Hills is offering to make Christmas calls from Santa to area children. Calls will be made next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 6 and 8:30 p.m., free of charge. To set up a call, parents should call 868-5305.