PALMER PARK, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Officials say there are historic lows in crime statistics, but work remains to be done.

A group of officials, including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Police Chief Mark Magaw and County Executive Rushern Baker, announced the crime reduction at police headquarters Wednesday afternoon.

Baker credits the police department with the record drop in crime.

“This police department, I can say without a doubt, is the finest I’ve ever seen,” Baker said. “These men and women are the best.”

County leaders also say a crime-reduction program they’ve implemented will be known as the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.

The announcement comes on the same day one person was shot and killed while holding a two-year-old child in his arms in Seat Pleasant. The child was struck in the arm and is expected to survive.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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