By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected]
On July 24, Baltimore had reported 182 homicides, a grisly pace, which could lead to the eclipse of the record of 343 murders in 2017 and the fifth year in a row of 300 homicides.
In the midst of another year of prolific violence last week, the AFRO asked the question, “What’s the Plan to Reduce Violence?” Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrrison released details of the department’s crime plan on the same day, July 18, we published that story.
“First, our deployment strategy will be guided by the following principles: a community oriented policing approach that emphasizes working with the community; number two, a problem oriented approach that encourages officers to focus on ways to fight crime; number three its intelligence led policing that focuses on using criminal intelligence and research analysis to drive operational and deployment decisions, an enhanced guardianship, which focuses on more visible police presence in the community, to include more foot patrols in our micro zones, business checks in high crime areas and regular attendance at community meetings,” said Harrison during a press conference where he outlined the broadest themes of the crime fighting strategy. During that press conference, flanked by several city leaders, including Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Harrison went further.
“We need to consider not just where crime is occurring, but when it is happening. Using data driven approaches district by district, our command staff will be directing our efforts to focus on specific days of the week, times of the day and locations where crimes are being committed most frequently over the previous six months,” Harrison said.
“In our new vision for the department we have now established a path for making us one of the finest police departments in the country. All of the issues that we face revolve around one of seven core focus areas: crime reduction, community engagement, consent decree compliance, creating a culture of accountability, connectivity or upgrading and improving the technology that we use, capacity building and central to everything communication.”