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David Warnock releases public safety plan

Mayoral candidate David L. Warnock, the businessman and philathropist, this week released a five-page plan to improve public safety in Baltimore.

The plan includes fully implementing the anti-gun violence Ceasefire and Safe Streets programs, conducting annual audits of the police department, and increasing foot patrols.

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It also calls for commanders to adopt a "promote-from-within" attitude when selecting new hires, providing take-home cars for all officers who live in Baltimore, and improving the financial condition of the police and firefighters' pension system.

"Being tough on crime isn't enough; we also have to be smart on crime," Warnock's plan states. "That means better training for police officers, more transparency by utilizing body cameras, and getting more police officers out of cars and talking to the people they serve."

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The plan comes as Warnock continues his "Turnaround Tour" of all of Baltimore's 276 neighborhoods. To date, he has met with residents in 189 neighborhoods, according to his campaign.

lbroadwater@baltsun.com

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