There is no reason at this point to oppose his permanent appointment, but neither is it certain that he is the answer to all that ails the city's crime fight. Mr. Davis took over the department in July, a month when the city saw 45 homicides, making it the deadliest in Baltimore's modern history. The violence here has abated somewhat since then, but it remains at a level that we would previously have considered shocking. There were 34 homicides in August, 27 in September and 15 in the first two weeks of October. At the end of July, Baltimore was on pace for about 325 killings this year. Now we're on pace for about 336. It's far too early to judge Mr. Davis' crime fighting strategies a failure, of course, but we don't yet have much evidence of their success, either.