Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to make the ceremonial first call on our new statewide interoperable radio network. In order for our first responders to be able to protect our people, they must be able to communicate immediately and efficiently with each other, no matter their agency, uniform or jurisdiction. Our new interoperable network will connect our first responders to each other, and allow them to better coordinate their response in case of emergency.
Public safety is the greatest responsibility we have in government, and we are committed to driving down violent crime in Maryland. Working together, we have driven our violent crime down to a 35-year low. Since 2006, we've reduced violent crime by 24.5%. We're working with our neighbors in DC, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania to ensure that arrest information is being shared across state borders. And, this year we increased funding for our Violence Prevention Initiative to continue to track and supervise nearly 2,000 of the State's most violent offenders and prevent recidivism.
We've made progress, but we have a long way to go. Even one life lost is one life too many. Every life is important. By harnessing the right tools, technology and training, and by working together, we can continue to save lives and protect our most important asset--our people.