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Baltimore police consent decree will reduce crime but not right away, acting commissioner says

Baltimore police consent decree will reduce crime but not right away, acting commissioner says

Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says Baltimore will see a reduction in crime as a result of reforms mandated under the city’s federal consent decree — but only indirectly and not right away.

The consent decree, he said Monday, does not focus on slashing robberies, shootings and homicides, per se, but on establishing clear operating standards and building systems of accountability. Such systems — including specific performance metrics — will result in heightened police performance and greater community trust of officers.

And that, Harrison said, will in turn lead to the dismantling of criminal networks that facilitate such violence.

“It is really about...

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