The riots of 2015, the criminal cases against six police officers, a marked violent crime spike, the reduction in the size of the BPD, the DOJ civil rights investigation, the negotiated consent decree during a presidential transition and an FBI corruption investigation have all challenged the Baltimore Police Department as we prepare to enter our 234th year serving the residents of Baltimore. It all invites detractors. It invites naysayers and critics. It offers, however, opportunities for the very best among us to look forward and find a new way. A way that respects our best traditions, but recognizes the necessity to change the paradigm of the crime fight in a way that stands the test of time. All of these internal improvements will enhance our crime fighting capacity in a way that can be sustained over time. Less violence and fewer property crimes creates a community all Baltimoreans deserve.