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How to make our streets safer

Baltimore Police Commisioner Kevin Davis says that detective Sean Suiter has died after yesterday's shooting.

As we all are aware, homicides, drug use and distribution, gang-related crimes and juvenile crimes are the biggest social problems that we face today in our cities. I see an immediate solution that will have impact on these crimes: Spend more money on technology. Video cameras are essential; install them on every street, park and high population area, not just high crime streets (“The enormous debt owed to slain Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter,” Nov. 16).

Hire millennials.They are expert at watching computer screens. Train them to look for actual and potential criminal activity and as they see something they communicate and send actual video feeds to the patrol cars. Basically, every police car will have a driver and a navigator (he gets the feed from whomever is viewing the potential or actual crime that is occurring in real time). The patrol car will be assigned a specific number of streets and boundary lines that define the grid they are to patrol. They are now better positioned to confront, intervene and prevent crime. Citizens calling 911 when they are the victim or if they see something can now be corroborated quickly as “command central” determines by looking at the specific location on real time video what is happening and has happened.

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There are many vacancies in police departments and many potential recruits are not willing to work in such a demanding profession. So, change the pay grades to reflect the dangers of the job, those in harm’s way should be paid a higher wages than those who work in protected enclaves like precincts and headquarters.

James Haslbeck, Cockeysville

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