Having spent most of my career in the Patrol Division, I know that police departments are most effective in preventing and solving crimes when they have their communities’ full support and cooperation. If residents don’t trust the police, they are less inclined to work with them. Sadly, that has been the dynamic in Baltimore for many years. It is a trend that must be reversed, and I am confident that, over time and with a sustained effort, it will be. Nothing is more important right now in our fight against crime.