The former police chief of Anne Arundel County was thrust into the job of Baltimore's top cop after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Anthony W. Batts in July. Davis joined the city's Police Department as deputy commissioner in January; he took over the department amid Baltimore's most violent year since the 1990s. He has spearheaded partnerships between city police and federal law enforcement, and emphasized community policing. He has proposed a return to the "Officer Friendly" program, among other initiatives, in hopes of rebuilding bridges between the department and the residents it serves. "We have to fight violent crime in a new and different way," he said.