Councilman Brandon Scott called Thursday a "test" for the department. He worried that officers are being pushed too hard while the agency battles a long-standing attrition problem that has thinned its ranks over the past few years.
Police are currently operating with one-sixth fewer sworn officers than they are supposed to have.
"I am very concerned about the officers being tired and their health and their safety," he said. "We have to make sure that we're not running them into the ground so they can be healthy and take care of their own lives and families."
While checking on special deployments throughout the city earlier this week, Batts said he was pleased with how police were able to slow the violence last weekend by "getting in front of" retaliatory shootings or learning who might act out in retaliation after someone was killed or injured.
He said all divisions and districts are operating much more "in sync," communicating and relaying important information, after residents and leaders criticized police's initial response to the outburst late last month, including two homicides that occurred on the same block a week apart.
Cheatham said he's "optimistic" about how Batts has been handling the spike in street violence. He praised the commissioner and top commanders for being visible and accessible to residents across the city.
"I like what I'm hearing from the commissioner," Cheatham said. "He's listening to us as community leaders and residents."
He said community cooperation with police has picked up, and he challenged residents to continue to serve as eyes and ears on city blocks Thursday while police try to cover as much territory as possible, including his West Baltimore block.
"This may be the real first test for the commissioner," Cheatham said. "But not whether they will have enough deployment downtown in Baltimore but whether there'll be enough officers here."