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Biography: Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III

This official biography of Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was provided by the Baltimore Police Department.

Frederick H. Bealefeld, III was appointed Police Commissioner of the City of Baltimore, Maryland on November 20th, 2007 and commands the eighth largest police agency in the United States. With over three decades of service to the Baltimore Police Department, Commissioner Bealefeld is credited with reducing city homicides and violent crime to the lowest levels since the 1970's.

In his time as Commissioner, he has redefined the city's crime fighting strategy by focusing enforcement efforts on violent offenders and fostering improved relationships between police and the community. Most known for his achievements in reducing overall gun violence, Bealefeld is responsible for double-digit declines in gun crime and was instrumental in the creation of Baltimore's gun offender registry and legislative advocacy efforts for tougher penalties for gun offenders.

Commissioner Bealefeld is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and serves on the Executive Board of the Washington / Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). He is also a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), a professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada. Commissioner Bealefeld represents the MCCA on the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council.

In 2011, he was profiled by CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian for developing a citywide campaign to stem the flow of illegal guns in Baltimore and reducing city homicides to their lowest point in 30 years. Commissioner Bealefeld was also featured in a cover-story by Governing Magazine for his integration of technology into the crime fight.

He is listed as one of the "Most Influential Marylanders" by the Daily Record newspaper and his work as a police executive has been profiled on a national level by media outlets including CNN, CBS News, the Associated Press and The Christian Science Monitor.

Commissioner Bealefeld began his police service in Baltimore as a cadet in May of 1981 and has served in almost all operational units of the Baltimore Police Department, including patrol, narcotics, homicide and on a federal task force.

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