When Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts took the position over a year ago, I was dubious, at best, regarding the challenges facing him. He has begun to turn heads regarding his policing policies.
Commissioner Batts instituted a "Most Wanted" list, and many chortled at such whimsy, perhaps believing it was more of a publicity ploy than a truly doable thing. Those same detractors are no longer chortling. It is working.
Mr. Batts has been a big proponent of gaining the trust of those whom he and his minions serve. He is placing more uniformed officers on foot patrol. He is addressing the gang issue in our city head-on. The police are once again approachable, as it should be.
This man, whom very few believed was up to the task, is beginning to make the skeptics sit up and take notice.
In my opinion, Commissioner Batts is doing his best to make Baltimore the place it once was, where inhabitants do not fear coming out from their residences for fear of being maimed or murdered. The Baltimore City police force is beginning to make great strides in making our city a wonderful place to reside, as well as visit.
Kudos to you and your charges on your tireless efforts in attempting to make our beloved city once again great, Mr. Commissioner.
Patrick R. Lynch, NottinghamCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun