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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Thursday a broad reshuffling of the agency's command staff, with new leadership for four patrol districts and the homicide unit, as well as the creation of units focused on community relations and gangs. The moves are the most significant yet under Batts, who took over in the fall and asked all commanders to reapply for their jobs. The changes will make the agency “effective, bold, and fast-moving,” while focusing on greater community involvement and intelligence-gathering, which can go hand-in-hand, he said in an interview.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said today that the fatal stabbing of a teenager after the downtown Ravens parade incident was a "grim reminder that there's a lot of work to do. " "It's a tragedy. Whether it happened during the parade, as a part of the parade, or it happened it another part of town, a young person has lost their life," she said. "I'm not satisfied with the rate of violence reduction in the city. We continue to strive to improve. I know a lot of work can be done by the police department, but I know none of it can be done alone.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2004
Several City Council members are vowing that acting Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm will not slip through the confirmation process as easily as his predecessor did. Though council members say they have enormous respect for Hamm -- a familiar face in city law enforcement -- they fault themselves for not diligently looking into former Commissioner Kevin P. Clark's history before approving his appointment. "We will expect more information from the administration on his background," said Council President Sheila Dixon, who added that she will issue written guidelines about background checks.
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December 28, 2012
WEATHER: Cold, cloudy with high near 40 . Snowfall is expected by early Saturday morning. TRAFFIC: Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues. TOP NEWS Baltimore Police announce major reshuffling of command staff : Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Thursday a broad reshuffling of the agency's command staff, with new leadership for four patrol districts and the homicide unit, as well as the creation of units focused on community relations and gangs.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers James Bock, Marilyn McCraven and Thomas W. Waldron contributed to this article | May 4, 1997
Rising through the ranks of the San Jose, Calif., Police Department, Thomas C. Frazier learned from his boss to demand absolute loyalty. Former colleagues weren't surprised when Frazier applied that lesson in Baltimore and summarily suspended a black commander suspected of insubordination."
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff | December 30, 1999
A top-ranking Baltimore police commander announced his retirement yesterday, the first of what could be sweeping changes in the department's hierarchy under a new commissioner who takes office Monday.Col. John E. Gavrilis, who grew up in Greektown and rose from the ranks of patrol to become chief of the detective bureau, said he is departing on his own initiative and has two job offers, which he declined to detail.He stressed: "Nobody asked me to leave."Colleagues, however, had not expected the 25-year veteran to remain long under the new police leader, Col. Ronald L. Daniel.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2003
Worried that some of his top supervisors are overworked and burning out, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark is creating a new rank of commanders to help run district stations and other demanding units within the department. The move was immediately criticized by leaders of the city police union, who are concerned about expanding command ranks when many patrol units are understaffed. Clark will promote 10 lieutenants to the rank of deputy major Nov. 25, he said. Seven will become the No. 2 officer in seven of the city's nine districts, which are run by majors.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | May 4, 2006
Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding has called a command staff meeting for this morning at which he is expected to announce that he will not run in the fall election. The announcement would come on the heels of a complaint this week that his staff has been intimidating employees into supporting his campaign, as well as an overwhelming vote at a recent deputies union meeting against purchasing tickets to his fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday. Last month, a member of the command staff, Maj. L. Jesse Bane, stepped down from the department after 34 years to run for the elective job of sheriff.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | April 2, 1995
The first big test for newly elected Harford County Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows came Jan. 10.That was the day when a man held his estranged wife at gunpoint, then doused her with gasoline in Norrisville, police said.The man already had fired shots and was threatening to set his wife ablaze.When Sheriff Meadows arrived at the command post set up in a nearby fire station, he was briefed, received a recommendation from his command staff about what to do and assessed the situation, according to Sgt. Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's spokesman.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | July 17, 1992
A county police sergeant was suspended yesterday for 15 days after he agreed to plead guilty to failing to supervise his squad during a wild chase last summer in which officers threw flares and fire extinguishers at a fleeing suspect's pickup truck, police sources said.The agreement came at the start of what was to have been the third day of a departmental hearing for Sgt. William Darner, of the Northern District, who was charged with failing to supervise his squad and ordering them to omit information from their reports.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Thursday a broad reshuffling of the agency's command staff, with new leadership for four patrol districts and the homicide unit, as well as the creation of units focused on community relations and gangs. The moves are the most significant yet under Batts, who took over in the fall and asked all commanders to reapply for their jobs. The changes will make the agency “effective, bold, and fast-moving,” while focusing on greater community involvement and intelligence-gathering, which can go hand-in-hand, he said in an interview.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Two of the Baltimore Police Department's top commanders have notified the department that they intend to retire, moves that come as Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts prepares to reshape the agency in coming weeks. The commanders are Col. Jesse Oden, the chief of criminal investigations, and Maj. John Hess, who lead the Violent Crimes Impact Section. One of the commanders is Col. Jesse Oden, the chief of criminal investigations, who filed retirement paperwork around the time Batts took over, then was talked into staying . He told superiors this week that he will retire after all, ending a 33-year career.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
One of the Baltimore Police Department's top commanders has reversed his decision to retire after meeting with the new commissioner-designate Anthony Batts, officials say.  Col. Jesse Oden, a 33-year veteran who oversees criminal investigations, filed paperwork to retire last week. Along with the absence of Acting Commissioner Anthony Barksdale, who is out "indefinitely" on medical leave, Batts was facing a transition without two of the agency's top four commanders.  Officials now say Oden has rescinded his retirement.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2012
Anthony W. Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's pick for police commissioner, is getting an early start.  According to the Police Department's Twitter page, Batts formally started work today. He was scheduled to begin Thursday, and there was no advance word that Batts would be starting before then.  On Monday, The Sun reported that Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale had gone on medical leave "indefinitely," leaving the agency without two of its top four commanders following the retirement of Col. Jesse Oden, the chief of criminal investigations.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | December 4, 2008
Baltimore's Police Department needs to elevate more women to high-level positions, according to two City Council members who have fielded complaints from female officers who say they have been slighted. "We want to make sure the female officers - some of them work very hard - are afforded the same opportunities as the male officers," City Councilman Bernard "Jack" Young said yesterday during a City Hall hearing on women in law enforcement and recruitment. "I've seen some of those female officers out there.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun Reporter | August 3, 2008
About halfway through Cop in the Hood , a new book about policing Baltimore, author Peter Moskos hits upon an important theme: The Police Department ought to do more to prevent crime, instead of simply reacting to it. The department should give officers more discretion to lock up the truly bad guys on their beats and spend less time clearing the corners, he writes. Patrol officers should get more time to learn the neighborhoods so they can be aware of conflicts before they escalate into violence.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun Reporter | August 3, 2008
About halfway through Cop in the Hood , a new book about policing Baltimore, author Peter Moskos hits upon an important theme: The Police Department ought to do more to prevent crime, instead of simply reacting to it. The department should give officers more discretion to lock up the truly bad guys on their beats and spend less time clearing the corners, he writes. Patrol officers should get more time to learn the neighborhoods so they can be aware of conflicts before they escalate into violence.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | November 26, 2006
When L. Jesse Bane is sworn in as Harford County's 80th sheriff next month, he won't be among the county officials participating in the traditional event at the local community college. Instead, Bane will take the oath in the elegant ceremonial courtroom of the Circuit Courthouse. That approach will mark a return to the way things used to be and a symbol of Bane's hope to make his term differ from what the county has grown accustomed to. "I want to go back to way it was traditionally done," said Bane, a 33-year veteran of the agency.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | May 4, 2006
Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding has called a command staff meeting for this morning at which he is expected to announce that he will not run in the fall election. The announcement would come on the heels of a complaint this week that his staff has been intimidating employees into supporting his campaign, as well as an overwhelming vote at a recent deputies union meeting against purchasing tickets to his fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday. Last month, a member of the command staff, Maj. L. Jesse Bane, stepped down from the department after 34 years to run for the elective job of sheriff.
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