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New commissioner Michael Harrison looks outside Baltimore as he moves to reshape police department

New commissioner Michael Harrison looks outside Baltimore as he moves to reshape police department

A month into Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison’s tenure atop one of the country’s most challenged law enforcement agencies, he’s reshaping it — looking nationally for candidates and turning a critical eye to command staff.

“I’m here for the long haul,” Harrison said, to reform the department “and to make Baltimore the safe city it was always supposed to be.”

Harrison said he’s seeking outside candidates to fill leadership positions key to bringing change to the beleaguered department, which has suffered excessive leadership turnover and a corruption scandal. And he must meet constant reform deadlines under a U.S. Justice Department consent decree.

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