Association of Prosecuting AttorneysJune 12, 2012
Maryland Community, Police Cut Down Crime in Targeted Area
BERLIN -- Residents and officials say they believe crime has been stemmed in parts of Berlin where drug dealing had become a major problem in the last few years. By 2009, drug dealers had taken over the intersection of Bay Street and Flower Street, leading law enforcement at the time to work with county prosecutors on a program to "Take Back Berlin." It was one of many initiatives the town is undertaking to improve the residential areas of Flower Street. One of the programs officials say helped tremendously was the "Take Back Berlin" initiative, spearheaded by former Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd. Todd, who now works as an assistant prosecutor for Wicomico County, said the program was designed for a city, but he thought it could work in a small town. The idea was to use objective data and target areas where arrests were high for felony offenses, crimes of violence and drug deals. Todd said the area where those crimes were happening "in an overwhelming fashion" was from Route 113 to east of Flower Street, and then from the intersection of Bay and Flower back toward Henry Park.