Prosecutors in the BCSAO’s Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes of violence committed with a firearm; complex multi-defendant cases involving gun violence; and mastering all relevant gun enforcement laws. The Division is also responsible for significant investigations involving violent repeat offenders and individuals who disproportionately contribute to violence within Baltimore City. GVED is comprised of a division chief, a deputy division chief and 11 trial assistant state’s attorneys. In addition, the Division has two administrative professionals, two victim advocates, and two law clerks. Throughout the year, the Division hosts a number of local student interns who are typically in their first or second year of law school. GVED is unique in that it also has five embedded Detectives that work side by side with GVED prosecutors.
GVED prosecutors work closely with their law enforcement counterparts to include the Baltimore City Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the United States Attorney’s Office, along with other agencies that investigate cases relevant to the Division. Prosecutors are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven day a week. In the event of a non-fatal shooting, a GVED prosecutor assigned to the area in which the crime occurred is assigned the case. They will work with the primary detective on case development to include, making themselves available to interview witnesses, provide legal guidance and, if necessary, travel to the crime scene.
As with other BCSAO divisions that lead in victim crimes, GVED’s victim advocacy team is a central component of the Division. The victim advocates immediately contact victims or witnesses to help provide support and safety counseling. It is the goal of GVED to keep our victims and witnesses safe, informed and prepared throughout the process.