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The job of a Baltimore police office is a tough sell

The new class of Police Officer Trainees repeat instructions from the drill instructor during their morning exercise regimen at the Police Academy.
The new class of Police Officer Trainees repeat instructions from the drill instructor during their morning exercise regimen at the Police Academy. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

It was almost as if Officer Scott Stephens was ordering the new recruits to have integrity in the Sun article “Baltimore Police Department to new recruits: ‘You will have integrity” (Aug. 5). Unfortunately, it is a big difference in the number of sit ups and personal integrity in one’s life as a police officer.

It would be an interesting follow-up article for The Sun to track the new recruits to see how many actually make it into the ranks of the Baltimore Police Department. We are 500 officers short, and by the time this class graduates, there may be more who leave for one reason or another. At this rate we will never fill the ranks of needed officers.

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Commissioner Michael Harrison’s comment to the recruits to “look to your left and look to your right. You have to ask yourself: Which one of you will become the police commissioner?” was ludicrous since Baltimore doesn’t seem to think its own ranks are worthy for commissioner status. Commissioner Harrison is a good example, coming from New Orleans. He further urged the recruits “not to listen to the naysayers and detractors." They don’t have to listen to anyone, only read the paper or listen to the news to see what is going on. And how the crime and violence situation in Baltimore sucks.

Commissioner Harrison finally thanked the recruits “for answering what he sees as a divine call.” Now that is a definite stretch!

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Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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