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BPD could move central district to former Baltimore Sun building by July, Young says

Before moving to Port Covington, the Baltimore Sun was headquartered at N. Calvert Street. That building will become the new home of the Baltimore Police Department’s central district. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The Baltimore Police Department’s central district is planning to move into the Baltimore Sun’s former building in downtown and could open there by July, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said today during a press conference inside the building.

Earlier today, the Board of Estimates approved a three-year lease to rent the nearly 122,000-square-foot property at 401/501 N. Calvert Street. Atapco Properties, the owner of the building, will charge between $1.7 million and $2.6 million per year for rent in addition to other charges.

Survey finds majority of Baltimoreans are dissatisfied with Baltimore Police Department and don’t trust officers

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

A majority of Baltimoreans are dissatisfied with the Baltimore Police Department and do not trust the department’s officers, according to a recent survey from Morgan State University’s Institute for Urban Research.

The survey found that only 12 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that BPD is doing a good job of serving their neighborhood or community. Meanwhile, 63 percent of participants disagreed or strongly disagreed with that view.

Young fires back at Hogan’s comments over violent crime in Baltimore

In a press conference Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young discusses recent comments made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan regarding violent crime in Baltimore. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today pushed back against recent criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan over violent crime, saying the city is still waiting for state resources the governor promised to help police.

“We’re still waiting on some of the resources that the governor promised us to help us fight crime,” Young said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Instead of the governor talking about the crime, give us the resources we asked for.”

BPD unveils crime-reduction plan with focused patrol areas, 10-minute response times

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, center, unveils two new crime-reduction plans. Image via Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Twitter page.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison today rolled out two plans for driving down crime and transforming the Baltimore Police Department, promising new metrics for officers, such as 10-minute response times, and to use data to deploy officers in focused patrol areas where crimes are statistically more likely to happen.

Councilman’s survey of BPD highlights problems with training, morale—though it’s not exactly scientific

The top half of an infographic for Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer’s survey of Baltimore police officers.

It was frustration that prompted Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer to try and take the pulse of the Baltimore Police Department’s rank and file. The 5th District councilman says a few months ago, during a Baltimore City Council committee hearing, he asked BPD leadership for data showing whether a departmental move to deploy District Detective Unit officers to patrol spots had effectively reduced crime.

Leaders could not provide a data-backed answer, Schleifer said.

Police tout patrol schedule change in response to reported patrol vacancies, attrition

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle (left) and Capt. Derek Loeffler. Still via livestream from Baltimore Police Department/Facebook.

Responding to a report this week about the Baltimore Police Department’s apparent failures to fill hundreds of patrol positions, as well as a net decline in the number of sworn officers over the last year, officials today said a recently implemented shift change and an uptick in applications from recruits should help boost patrol ranks.

Maryland Senate unanimously approves bill requiring BPD to review districts after census

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Maryland’s Senate today voted unanimously to approve legislation requiring the Baltimore Police Department to review the boundaries of its nine districts, as well as the allocation of resources and officers for each one, after the census every 10 years.

Michael Harrison’s proposed $275K salary would be a big bump from his pay in New Orleans

Incoming Baltimore Police Commissioner and former New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison. Photo via NOPD/Twitter.

With the approval of Baltimore’s spending board this Wednesday, as well as a confirmation vote from the Baltimore City Council in March, Baltimore’s incoming police commissioner would rake in $275,000 a year in salary.

Commissioner-Designate Harrison will have community meetings in every police district this month

Image via the New Orleans Police Department

Baltimore Police Commissioner-Designate Michael S. Harrison will participate in nine community meetings–one in every police district–starting on Feb. 11, weeks before the city council is scheduled to consider his candidacy, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office announced today.

State bill requiring police commanders to live in city limits has Pugh’s, Harrison’s support

An officer on patrol. Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Cory McCray that would require all Baltimore Police Department officials ranking at captain and up to live in Baltimore City has Mayor Catherine Pugh’s backing, as well as that of the city’s incoming police commissioner.