Prince George’s Proud:
An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks
Dear Prince Georgians:
Prince George’s County is celebrating Earth Month throughout the month of April. In honor of this month-long celebration, we are recognizing our first ever Preserve and Beautify Our Environment Week in collaboration with the Department of the Environment (DoE), Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T), and the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE).
Throughout this week, we have been highlighting the various ways the County is working to preserve and beautify the environment. We are also using this opportunity to educate Prince Georgians on how they can help protect, clean, and beautify our neighborhoods and communities. We are working hard to keep our County clean and beautiful and encourage our residents to be a part of our efforts.
There are several events and activities taking place this week, including our Spring Growing Green with Pride Day on Saturday, April 23. Every year we ask Prince Georgians to show their pride in their communities by helping to reduce litter and beautifying the County. If you didn’t register for Growing Green with Pride Day, you can still grab a trash bag and gloves and join us for a day of litter pickup and beautification in neighborhoods across the County. We encourage residents to check out this video or visit the DoE website here to learn more about Preserve and Beautify Our Environment Week.
In addition to working to keep our County clean and beautiful, we are also continuing to work to address the issue of crime in our community. Last week, we hosted a Crime Community Conversation so that we could have an important solutions-based discussion with residents about what is taking place in our communities. We took that opportunity to talk about what we are doing right now to reduce violent crime, including solutions like our Hope in Action Anti-Violence Project, and that discussion touched a nerve for many of our residents.
Unfortunately, that is what crime does to a community – it causes that kind of pain and frustration we saw during this meeting, and that tension is sometimes necessary. This rise in violent crime in our County and region is an issue that we are taking very seriously, and we often come up with the best solutions with this kind of tension present. It compels us all to see just how serious this uptick in violent crime is, and it pushes us to work on solutions together.
We would like to take to thank the Prince Georgians that came out or tuned in virtually for our solutions-based community conversation about crime. We recognize that one thing that makes this community so amazing is the consistent engagement of our residents. We have reduced violent crime before as a community, and I am confident that by continuing to work together, we can do it again.
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive
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