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Michael Harrison

Only 16% of Baltimore police officers are women. Meet the female commanders helping to change that.

Only 16% of Baltimore police officers are women. Meet the female commanders helping to change that.

The shiny black Ford Explorer with tinted windows rolls up on a narrow block in Ellwood Park, a place known for drug dealers, where shootings have hit hard lately. Residents frequently scatter at the sight of an unmarked police vehicle. But this spring day, the Southeastern District’s first African American female commander steps out of the SUV with a sure step and a smile. And rather than clearing the corners, Maj. Tomecha S. Brown calls out to the men carrying groceries, and the teenagers hanging out, who are all starting to disappear. “Why is everybody leaving?”

This is a familiar world for Brown, who grew up in a now-vacant, boarded-up rowhome in nearby McElderry Park. Her...

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