The Frederick Police Department in partnership with the Frederick News Post is getting close to marking its 200th capture as part of our collaborative program, Frederick’s Most Wanted (FMW). The Police Department along with the Frederick News Post will be holding a press conference upon making the 200th capture. The date and time will be announced upon the 200th capture. The public and all media are invited to attend.
Every other week, as part of the FMW program, approximately four persons wanted by the Frederick Police Department or allied agencies are featured on Sunday in the Frederick News Post detailing whom we are seeking and the charges against them. Effective community policing includes building trust and communication throughout the community and working with community partners to galvanize support as well as effective resources. By working with the Frederick News Post on the FMS program we collectively have been able to effectively get information to and acquire information from the community. Community support and interaction are also key ingredients to a safe community and effective policing.
The Frederick’s Most Wanted program began in April of 2009 and has featured 275 wanted persons, 195 of them being captured to date.
The Frederick’s Most Wanted program idea was collaboration between several agencies that attend twice monthly Heightened Enforcement Accountability & Treatment Team (HEAT) meetings. These meetings are held at the Frederick Police Department with local law enforcement and community partners such as: Frederick Police Department, Parole & Probation, Department of Juvenile Services, Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick PD, Thurmont PD, City of Frederick Code Enforcement, Community Action Agency and The Housing Authority.
The HEAT meetings are one component of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement-Violence Prevention Initiative (CSAFE-VPI). The goal of the CSAFE Violence Reduction Initiative is to reduce crime by identifying and monitoring offenders in the area. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded the CSAFE-VPI program under grant number CSAF-2012-1916.
The Frederick Police Department thanks the Frederick News Post and all of our community partners. Together we continue to make Frederick a safer community.