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Officials seek more federal resources to fight Baltimore crime

BALTIMORE — Members of Baltimore’s congressional delegation are asking for more federal resources to fight crime in Baltimore.

They made the request in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday. The officials say while that Baltimore has high crime rates, federal law enforcement levels are “significantly smaller than those located in neighboring jurisdictions.”

U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen signed the letter, along with Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume.

They do not cite specific figures regarding staffing levels, but say Washington, D.C., has a “significantly larger” number of federal agents investigating violent crime.

In addition to asking for a re-evaluation of federal staffing resources, the Democratic officials ask specifically for 10 additional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, 15 additional U.S. Marshals, five new assistant U.S. attorneys, additional grants and other resources.

The request follows a meeting last month between members of the delegation and Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lenzner.