The Baltimore Police Department continues to work to bolster its training academy staff, and is requesting a three-week extension within the consent decree schedule to double its personnel.
The request filed Monday by the independent monitoring team on behalf of the police department and the U.S. Justice Department said the extension will not affect upcoming training schedules.
“[T]he additional time will permit BPD to engage with new leadership on bolstering the Training Academy and to the make thoughtful, competitive selections of well-qualified personnel for these key positions,” the filing says.
Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has been on the job for two weeks, meeting with residents and other stakeholders. During those meetings, he’s stressed the importance of properly training officers.
The federal judge overseeing the Baltimore police consent decree on Thursday called for the state to contribute money towards a new city police training facility, and also disputed recent comments by the governor that reforms and crime reduction can’t occur simultaneously.