Baltimore Police Department

Davis rebuilds operations units, redeploys more than 150 officers as Baltimore hits 200th homicide

Davis rebuilds operations units, redeploys more than 150 officers as Baltimore hits 200th homicide

After dismantling special operations units throughout the Baltimore Police Department amid a patrol shortage and a high-profile gun squad scandal four months ago, Commissioner Kevin Davis has reassigned more than 150 police officers and supervisors back onto similar teams.

The 21 new “District Action Teams” — two for each of the city’s nine police districts, plus one each for the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor, the Monument Street corridor and the Tri-District area — began deploying this week amid the city’s violent crime crisis and intense debates about how to best address it.

The city marked its 200th homicide on Wednesday, a staggering pace putting Baltimore on track to reach...

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