Baltimore’s spending board will consider a police department request to extend a program that uses “predictive policing” models to target gun violence on the east and west sides of the city. Strategic Focus is seeking a $635,000 contract extension.
While only a few jurisdictions outside of New York City and Boston have adopted the civilian-commissioner model, it's one that previously proved to be reasonably effective here in Baltimore. Under former commissioner Donald Pomerleau, the Baltimore police made a number of strides. They could again.
Staffed largely by former police and federal law enforcement personnel — often high ranking ones — the security departments maintained by the league and individual teams have a reputation of being able to work their contacts and launch behind-the-scenes investigations.
Late in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," Marsellus Wallace — a criminal boss played by Ving Rhames — banishes prizefighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) from Southern California, telling him "You lost all your L.A. privileges."
Former Laurel High science teachers Alan and Lynn Goldstein found themselves vacationing with Michael Jackson when actor Macaulay Culkin, who knew the Goldstein's son, invited the King of Pop to accompany him on a Goldstein family vacation.
The Baltimore Police Department promoted 15 commanders and put new faces at the helms of four patrol districts and key investigative units, moves that drew concerns from some City Council members who called for continuity amid a spike in violence.
Baltimore police tapped one of its police lawyers to become its new head of internal affairs, saying Rodney Hill's experience as a police officer and his recent turn as a prosecutor of police misconduct cases gives him the credibility to lead a department charged with restoring public trust.
The weekend tweets from the Baltimore Police Department had featured a recruiting video, an appeal reminding domestic violence victims that officers can help, and a message honoring a colleague who died 40 years ago.
The investigations into the shooting of an officer during a Baltimore police training exercise must assign blame for what went wrong, and they must lead to swift action against those who are responsible.
Just a handful of investigators focus on the recovery of cultural property in America. The organizations are underfunded, overworked and underappreciated, but run by passionate people who love the job and routinely fight to keep it.