Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle announced that he has assigned 115 officers from other units to patrol assignments at the department’s nine districts.
Letter writer Robert L. DiStefano (“City police need a homegrown leader,” July 21) seems to believe fervently that Mayor Catherine Pugh, in seeking outside candidates for head of the beleaguered police department, is passing over what should be obvious: Choosing someone from inside the department.
Can a former major in the department be considered an objective commentator? Mr. DiStefano retired from a police department that is riddled with Gun Trace Task Force criminals, overtime pay collectors for work claimed when they weren't even on the job, colluders with drug dealers, evidence planters, and all the rest. This organization, unfortunately, can no longer be trusted to police itself.
No, sir, an outside expert is exactly who we need, someone who won't get pulled into alliances, whispers and winks and defiance of the law, bags full of booty, and the culture of graft that tarnishes so many of our men in uniform. Search the land, find the best, pay him or her well, and root out the cancers so citizens of Baltimore and Maryland can once again trust our police.