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

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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

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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

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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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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

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

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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

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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

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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.

Police ID officer who fired at car following shooting near Gilmor Homes

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

The Baltimore Police Department has identified the officer who shot at a car outside the Gilmor Homes in West Baltimore on Saturday night.

One day after Fitzgerald withdraws, Pugh picks New Orleans police chief as BPD’s next commissioner

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Image via the New Orleans Police Department

Within 24 hours of Joel Fitzgerald’s decision to withdraw from the confirmation process to be Baltimore’s next police chief, Mayor Catherine Pugh has picked another finalist from her fraught search process: New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison.

Joel Fitzgerald withdraws name from Baltimore police commissioner job

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Joel Fitzgerald. Image via the Forth Worth Police Department.

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald has withdrawn his name from consideration to become Baltimore police commissioner, the Fort Worth Police Department tweeted this morning.

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