Brandon Scott

Baltimore Police assign 115 extra officers to patrol the streets in hopes of curbing overtime spending, crime

Baltimore Police assign 115 extra officers to patrol the streets in hopes of curbing overtime spending, crime

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said Wednesday that he is bolstering the department’s patrol ranks by almost 20 percent in an effort to get more officers oton the streets, suppress crime and curb soaring overtime spending.

As the department struggles to hire more recruits, Tuggle reassigned 115 officers from other units to patrol assignments in the department’s nine districts.

“With patrol being a priority, with our crime fight being a priority, we see the need to move these personnel,” Tuggle said at a news conference with Mayor Catherine E. Pugh.

Front-line patrol officers are regularly referred to as the “backbone” of the police...

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