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Despite Protests, Interim Police Chief Gets the Job


BPD Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis announces the arrest, via Baltimore Police

Kevin Davis is now officially Baltimore’s Police Commissioner, thanks to a City Council vote last night. 

New Police Commissioner Comes with Experience, Credentials and a Medal for Heroism

Anthony Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Here’s what we know about Anthony Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s choice for police commissioner: he’s a Californian, he’s smart (a Ph.D. in public administration, an MBA too, and he has lectured at Harvard and taught at Cal State Long Beach), he has three kids, received the Long Beach PD’s award for heroism and he has served in some pretty tough parts of Northern and Southern California.  On paper, at least, the guy looks like a solid choice. Read the press release, below, for more details. -The Eds.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Dr. Anthony W. Batts, D.P.A. commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department effective September 27, 2012. Batts comes to Baltimore with decades of law enforcement experience and leadership training, including his time as police chief of Oakland and Long Beach, California. Anthony Barksdale will remain acting commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department until Batts’ start date.

During his tenure as head of two of California’s large police agencies, Batts presided over major reductions in crime and violence. He is credited with reforming Oakland’s police agency to focus on data-driven policing. In Long Beach, he established an Office of Community Policing and reduced excessive force complaints, while simultaneously reducing crime, including reducing homicides by 37% from 2002 to 2007.