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City police shortage

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says the Department of Justice consent decree will help the department improve technologically. (Erin Cox/Baltimore Sun video)

Recent news articles could serve as the trigger for bringing sorely needed relief to the battle against crime in Baltimore City.

Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger recently pointed out the commonalities among Mayor Catherine Pugh and her two predecessors, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Sheila Dixon ( "Black, female and in charge of a big city," Jan. 17).

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However, no mention was made of the commonality that all three of them are products of the liberal, "phony baloney" government programs which have failed to serve the interests of the citizens of Baltimore City.

Moreover, I was saddened but not surprised that no mention was made of another commonality — the failure of the current mayor as well as her two predecessors to tell the truth about the status of the Baltimore City Police Department.

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The unvarnished truth is that the Baltimore City Police Department does not have enough police officers to properly protect the citizens of Baltimore City.

If Mayor Pugh would conduct a truly sincere communication with Lt. Gene Ryan, the president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, perhaps she would more willingly grasp and accept the reality of the police shortage situation.

Given that Baltimore has been selected for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Innovation Team program, Mayor Pugh could use the opportunity to "get it right."

How about this for innovation: Start the process of hiring more police officers that are so badly needed in Baltimore City?It would be money well spent.

During the last two weeks I've had several conversations with key aides of the mayor concerning the police shortage problem, along with my plan to make the Baltimore City public school system more relevant in meeting the needs of the students without any extra taxes involved.

The question is: Does Ms. Pugh have the courage to listen to Lieutenant Ryan and me?

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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