Dec. 2010 — Bealefeld announces he has enrolled at the University of Maryland University College. He has a high school diploma, but had dropped out of Anne Arundel Community College to join the force..
Dec. 30, 2010 — Police officers get a 2 percent pay cut as the city’s budget woes continues. The salary reductions came as the city ended the year with across-the-board declines in crime, continuing a three-year trend of plummeting gun violence.
Jan. 9, 2011 — Plainclothes Officer William H. Torbit is shot and killed by fellow officers who mistake him for a gunman outside Select Lounge. Torbit was shot while fatally shooting at a man attacking him. Several bystanders were hit. The incident, called one of the darkest days in city police history, led to sweeping changes in training and was one of three incidents the commissioner cited in saying the job had exhausted him.
Feb. 23, 2011 — Seventeen police officers are charged — and more than a dozen others suspended — in an extortion scheme in which officers are accused of receiving thousands of dollars in kickbacks for steering accident victims to a towing company that was not authorized to do business with the city. Sixteen would later be found guilty of federal charges.
March 21, 2011 — After 18 people are shot over a single weekend, Bealefeld goes to Annapolis to push for stricter gun laws: “After they get arrested, they get guns again. To say it minimally, it's [exasperating] that more people don't understand the enormous ramifications of these guys running around the city with these handguns.
Nov. 3, 2011 — An independent commission reviewing January's fatal police shooting outside the Select Lounge faulted training and on-scene supervision that led to an officer being killed by friendly fire.
Nov. 8, 2011 —Rawlings-Blake wins election for mayor. Bealefeld survives speculation that she might replace him.
Nov. 14, 2011 — Bealefeld’s father passes away after a long illness.
Jan. 1, 2012 — The annual number of killings in Baltimore fell below 200 in 2011 for the first time in more than three decades, a symbolic threshold that seemed elusive for a crime-weary city just four years ago. The city — with 196 killings — remained among the nation’s deadliest per capita, but were the fewest in Baltimore since 1977.
March 6, 2012 — Police reveal that an officer is under investigation after a gun used by two boys, 12 and 13, to accidentally shoot a playmate was found in the officer’s personal vehicle. The officer was dating a relative of one of the suspects.
March 16, 2012 — Officer Daniel G. Redd found guilty of dealing drugs, including heroin from a station parking lot.
April 26, 2012 — Authorities announce arrest of suspect in the killing of Phylicia Barnes, subject of one of the department’s most intense missing person cases. Its marred by allegations earlier in the week that the lead detective had been suspended after allegedly embarking on a rogue hunt for his own missing daughter.
May 4, 2012 — Bealefeld announces that he will resign effective Aug. 1, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. He and others say the how as worn him down, but don’t cite any specific reasons.