Lt. Col. Marcellus Boles, formally appointed this week to head the Baltimore Police Department's "community policing" program, said an array of training, staffing and other issues is being studied to determine how to make the program work.
Community policing, planned to be implemented over the next five years, would put more emphasis on foot patrols and officers building relationships with residents.
"We are forming a model to determine how community policing will work," Colonel Boles said yesterday at a news conference, updating the status of the program.
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Police Commissioner Edward V. Woods announced the community policing plan three months ago.
Colonel Boles was appointed coordinator of the program by the commissioner this week, but he has been working in the job informally for the past few months.
Colonel Boles said he has appointed 39 committees to study such things as ways of revamping the 911 emergency system, reworking training programs and retooling other aspects of the department to fit the community policing philosophy.
"We are checking with other agencies throughout the country," he said. "We will form a system that the citizens of Baltimore can be proud of."
Colonel Boles, 48, is a 26-year veteran of the city police force.