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Joint crime-fighting initiative announced

David A. Paterson

David A. Paterson

Gov. David A. Paterson and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday announced a joint crime-fighting initiative in which the states will share daily arrest data so that each can track its parolees and probationers.

Under the initiative, New York officials will be able to determine promptly whether an individual under its supervision is arrested in Maryland, and Maryland officials will be able to promptly determine whether an individual on parole or probation in that state is arrested in New York.

“This initiative will enhance public safety in both states and provide additional tools and vital information to our law enforcement officials and their counterparts in Maryland,” Paterson said in a statement.

Martin O'Malley.

Martin O'Malley.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding between the New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the states will share information electronically “for the purpose of automating the identification of offenders under supervision who are arrested in Maryland and New York.”

Previously, a parole or probation officer in one of the states would not necessarily know that an individual under his or her supervision had been arrested in the other state without a time-consuming search of criminal record databases.