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Baltimore Police announce command shuffle

The Baltimore Police Department announced a reshuffling of its ranks Friday night, including the selection of a new commander of its homicide unit and a new assignment of the supervisor who helped implement reforms in the sex offense unit.

Lt. Col. Garnell Green, a 22-year veteran who has most recently overseen Westside patrol operations, will take control of the homicide unit. The unit has struggled with a sagging clearance rate hovering over 40 percent, and officials undertook a nationwide search to fill the spot.

Green's move prompted other moves, including the ascension of Western District commander Robert Booker, a 16-year veteran to take Green's spot.

Maj. Clifton McWhite will fill the void in the Western District. McWhite, a 16-year veteran, was moved 13 months ago from the district to the Special Investigations Section to oversee reforms in the sex offense unit in the wake of the Sun's reporting on unfounded rapes. He will be replaced by Martin Bartness, who has been working out of the office of the deputy commissioner for operations.

Read more about the moves Sunday.

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