~TC Baltimore City's promised community policing effort is getting off to a dubious start. Consider this:
Last week, Dennis Hill, the department's spokesman for 21 years, confirmed to The Sun that he has been told his $64,000-a-year-job has been abolished as part of a departmental reorganization, just nine months before he would be eligible for retirement. Asked for comment, Commissioner Edward V. Woods refused to confirm the dismissal or discuss the reorganization further.
What's going on here?
On June 26, the city Board of Estimates hired a consultant to explore ways to restructure the police department so that officers could devote time to solving community problems that contribute to criminality, not just make arrests. Gaffigan and Associates of Silver Spring, which was awarded the $84,190 contract, said it expected to make its recommendations by November. Those recommendations, if approved by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, then were to be the basis of a five-year plan for police reorganization.