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City police to eliminate 212 vacant officer positions
City police to eliminate 212 vacant officer positions

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday that he'll eliminate 212 officer positions — all vacant — from the department, marking the first significant reduction in the ranks in decades. Shrinking the size of the police force will be offset by new staffing strategies that will put more officers on the streets overnight when crime spikes, Batts told City Council members during a nearly two-hour budget hearing. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake backs the approach. "My No. 1 focus has always been less about the size of the force and more about ensuring that we are effectively and efficiently using the resources we have to achieve sustainable...

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