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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | May 24, 1996
It's a larger-than-life image of a city police commander who has larger-than-life ideas for cleaning up his crime-battered section of Baltimore.Maj. Odis L. Sistrunk Jr., who heads the Eastern District station, has his face -- and a saying -- plastered on a billboard. The hulking 6-foot-6-inch smiling commander looks down on troubled Greenmount Avenue."New possibilities, new pride. Join us for a better, safer East Baltimore," the slogan on the 300-square-foot sign reads. The picture itself is 10 feet high.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
- The commander of the Army Military District of Washington has approved the findings of the court-martial last year of WikiLeaker Chelsea Manning. Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst for the Army in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010 as Pfc. Bradley Manning, was accused of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. She was tried last year at Fort Meade, found guilty of 20 offenses and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan approved the findings and the sentence last week, officials said Monday.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 12, 1996
A group that represents black city police officers expressed concern yesterday that splitting the Field Operations Bureau between two commanders, with those they supervise falling along racial lines, could result in unequal police service to poor, black communities."
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | August 5, 2013
Major Kimberly Burrus, the Northern District's new commander, wants what you want: to feel safe from crime in Baltimore. "I am a city resident," said Burrus, 40, a 13-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department and a first-time commander. "I was born and raised in the city. I should be able to walk out my door without getting a gun stuck in my face. " Burrus succeeds Major Sabrina Tapp-Harper, who was Northern District commander for two years and now heads the police department's Special Investigations Section.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | August 5, 1994
The Baltimore NAACP softened its criticism of Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier yesterday but said it still wants to meet with him over his decision to transfer three black district commanders."
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March 15, 1994
So far, so good. Baltimore's new police commissioner, Thomas C. Frazier, shows signs of being as good a manager as he is a practitioner of public relations.While he has been attracting public attention at a series of community meetings, he has been sending a private message to his staff. Rather than micro-manage each police district from the glass tower on Fayette Street that is his headquarters, Mr. Frazier is delegating real authority to the neighborhood commanders. He promises to deliver the tools they need to do their jobs.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1997
Baltimore's police chief plans to announce several promotions today, including a new commander to head the Southwestern District station, replacing a 29-year veteran who is being transferred to the drug enforcement section.Maj. Gary M. Lembach is the last of the nine district commanders inherited by police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier in 1994. A formal ceremony is scheduled for today at police headquarters.Promoted from lieutenant to major will be John L. Bergbower, assigned to planning and research, who will take over command of the southwestern station house.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
Baltimore police have a new way of combating crime. They talk about it.Every Thursday, top commanders gather in an auditorium armed with colorful crime charts and reams of statistics and give an oral exam to supervisors who must answer up or face embarrassment in front of their colleagues."
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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 Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1999
Frustrated that arrests have been made in fewer than a third of the city's nonfatal shootings this year, Baltimore police are moving detectives who investigate shootings to district stations.Col. Bert L. Shirey, acting police commissioner, said yesterday that 29 detectives, three sergeants and a lieutenant will be transferred Jan. 2 from the homicide unit in police headquarters to the city's nine police districts.Although some soon-to-be transferred detectives are resisting the move, Shirey believes the plan will help the department return to neighborhood policing.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Police have taken a new step in their the battle to remove illegal dirt bikes and their freewheeling riders from the streets of Baltimore, creating an email address where residents can report the bikes anonymously. "All the way around, it's a menace, and we have to take some action," said Maj. Johnny Delgado, the commander of the Northwestern District, who launched the initiative. Riding dirt bikes in the city limits is against the law, as is storing them in a house or a shed with gasoline, police said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
John Lloyd Bergbower, a Johns Hopkins Medicine security vice president who as a city police commander battled drug buyers in Southwest Baltimore, suffered a fall at his North Baltimore home Sunday and died later that day at Sinai Hospital. He was 60. "He didn't need to run into a burning building or take on an armed gunman to know that John Bergbower was a courageous man," said Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who served under him in the Southwestern District nearly 15 years ago. "He was a very smart, capable person with an air of confidence about him that made an impression on a young sergeant like myself.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
Bernard "Bernie" Harper, a retired decorated Baltimore Police Department major who had commanded the Northwestern District, died Saturday of cancer at his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 73. "I always considered Bernie as one of my outstanding commanders in the department. He was well-respected by all under his command and by community groups, who said many complimentary things about him," said Edward V. Woods, who served as Baltimore police commissioner from 1989 to 1993.
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By Peter Hermann | December 30, 2011
The major who heads the Baltimore Police Department's Southern District is being moved to headquarters to head up an effort by the agency to become nationally accredited, according to a spokesman. Maj. Margaret Barillaro took over the Southern District in July of last year after a popular major, Scott Bloodsworth, retired rather than accept a new assignment overseeing reforms in the sex offense unit. The new major in South Baltimore will David Reitz, who is being promoted from his rank of deputy major in the Southeast District.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
The vacant brick rowhouse at 2037 Orleans St. looks like many of the 16,000 abandoned homes that beset Baltimore. The front door is covered with plywood. The weedy backyard is strewn with trash. But this empty house stands out in one notable way: It's owned by Police Maj. Melvin T. Russell, commander of the Eastern District - a man who has seen firsthand how blight has damaged East Baltimore and whose job makes him a role model in the community. "I'm an advocate against these people," Russell said Monday, referring to owners of run-down vacants.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2010
Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III told a group of South Baltimore residents Wednesday night that he considers them "family" and has their best interests at heart as he looks to select a new district commander. Bealefeld spoke to about 50 residents at the Southern District police station, a meeting that came one week after popular commander Scott Bloodsworth opted to retire rather than accept a new assignment overseeing reforms in the department's sex offense unit, which Bealefeld said was in "crisis.
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By Mike Adams | April 23, 2000
A couple of weeks ago, an article appeared in Perspective under the headline, "Is O'Malley ignoring the past?" It consisted of an introduction written by me and excerpts from a report on the urban riots of the 1960s. The report was released by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, a bipartisan group created by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. The president wanted to know what caused the riots and how to prevent more from occurring. A re-examination of the report was timely because Mayor Martin O'Malley and Baltimore's new police commissioner, Edward T. Norris, advocate aggressive police tactics to bring down Baltimore's homicide rate, which has been stuck at more than 300 a year for the last decade.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | March 28, 2007
A man who Baltimore police suspect committed nearly half of the city's 21 bank robberies this year was arrested after a chase through downtown yesterday, ending a manhunt for a robber who demanded money using notes instead of guns. Police said the suspect - identified as Elmer H. Warfield, 36 - is the brother of a top police commander in the city's Northwestern District. A department spokesman said detectives interviewed the commander, Deputy Maj. Nathan A. Warfield, and are confident that he knew nothing of the robberies.
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By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Baltimore's police commissioner has replaced the commander in the Southwestern District and will send him to the property division a month after officers in a specialized unit were accused of raping a woman in the station house and illegal drugs and other prohibited items were found in their offices. Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm has also reinstituted an "inspections unit" that will monitor each district's compliance with departmental regulations and act separately from Internal Affairs, a police spokesman said.
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