In Anne Arundel, Mr. Davis was well-respected by the rank and file, because he stressed smart policing, accountability, and transparency — values that brought honor to those who wear the uniform. However he also wasn't afraid to take on the police union when archaic contract rules got in the way of good police work and doing the right thing. He publicly criticized the county's Fraternal Order of Police for collecting donations toward the legal defense of the Ferguson, Mo., officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. The lackadaisical attitudes described in Connor Meek's recent Baltimore Sun column ("Police add insult to injury after mugging," July 6) will not fly with Mr. Davis. Had he been in charge when Freddie Gray was illegally detained and killed in police custody, you can bet the officers responsible would have been investigated immediately, possibly avoiding the riots altogether.