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By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com | January 7, 2010
Talk to residents and business owners alike and they agree they want to see more police officers walking instead of driving. They want a cop they can talk to, a cop they can see, a cop who understands their problems and can tell, street to street, door to door, the good guys from the bad. For the most part, police leaders agree. But sprawling cities, a deluge of emergency calls and strained budgets have turned the old-time walking beat cop into a luxury. Baltimore's police commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III, wants to change all that.
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October 24, 2013
When Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts took the position over a year ago, I was dubious, at best, regarding the challenges facing him. He has begun to turn heads regarding his policing policies. Commissioner Batts instituted a "Most Wanted" list, and many chortled at such whimsy, perhaps believing it was more of a publicity ploy than a truly doable thing. Those same detractors are no longer chortling. It is working. Mr. Batts has been a big proponent of gaining the trust of those whom he and his minions serve.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | August 11, 2007
Baltimore police commanders have quietly scaled back a policy that they initiated at the beginning of June to put 85 investigators a day on foot patrol. The policy was announced simultaneously with Mayor Sheila Dixon's crime plan, which stresses improving relations with the community. Police commanders described it as a "shot in the arm" to the department's patrol division. Initially, all detectives were assigned foot patrol duties, but commanders excused all homicide investigators within two weeks of announcing the program, after complaints that it might impair homicide investigations.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 12, 2013
Short of banging her fist on a table, merchant Denise Whiting couldn't have been more emphatic about the need for more police presence in and around The Avenue, at a time when property crime in Hampden is rising. "We have to have a foot patrol officer," Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon and HONtown, told the Northern District's police commander, Maj. Kimberly Burrus, at a meeting of the Hampden Village Merchants Association on Sept. 11. "We need one desperately," Whiting said. Burrus was just as emphatic in her response.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1997
Alvin H. "Jake the Snake" Johnson, a strong advocate for police officers on foot patrol who was frequently heard on radio talk shows, died Sunday of cancer at his West Baltimore home.Mr. Johnson, 70, who lived in the Coppin Heights community off North Avenue, seemed to never miss an opportunity to quiz politicians about why there weren't more foot patrol officers.In recent years, usually in casual settings, he broached the idea to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Council President Lawrence A. Bell III and police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier.
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By Ann LoLordo t | October 24, 1991
To keep 50 foot patrol officers on Baltimore's streets without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime, city police officials have ordered administrative staff and plainclothes detectives into uniform and placed them on the neighborhood beats.The decision was an attempt to maintain the patrols -- a favorite of communities, politicians and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke -- in the face of ever-increasing pressures to cut costs and save money, police officials said yesterday.The department spent $525,000 in overtime to staff the foot patrols from July 1, when they began, through the latter part of September, the police said.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | October 3, 1993
The Towson business district will see a marked increase in police officers on foot after a string of armed robberies last week, Baltimore County police said yesterday.Capt. Roger Sheets, commander of the Towson Precinct, also told a group of Towson area community and business leaders yesterday afternoon that preliminary discussions on the creation of a police task force for the York Road corridor are under way.The civic leaders attended a crime forum sponsored by County Executive Roger B. Hayden at the Towson Library.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,SUN REPORTER | January 27, 2008
Edgewood Harford County officials will discuss plans to bring the Guardian Angels, a voluntary foot patrol, to Edgewood at a public meeting tomorrow. For more than a year, the county sheriffs, County Council member Dion F. Guthrie and the Baltimore chapter of the Guardian Angels have sought to bring the group to Edgewood. "We have been studying this and been having numerous meetings over the last year," Guthrie said. It has not been determined where in Edgewood the group will patrol, said Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | October 3, 1993
After a year of increased foot patrols in crime-plagued communities, the Harford County Sheriff's Office is taking its community policing program a step farther to a team concept, authorities said.Last year's goal was to help reduce criminal activity and establish rapport between deputies and residents of communities where crime was on the rise.In Team Community Policing, deputies will expand their efforts and specialize in solving problems specific to a particular community, said Dfc. DeWayne Curry, spokesman for the sheriff's office.
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By Alexandra Zavis and Alexandra Zavis,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 11, 2008
BAGHDAD -- Five U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi civilian were killed in a suicide bombing while chatting with shopkeepers in central Baghdad yesterday, part of an uptick in high-profile attacks that has rattled the capital after months of diminished violence. At least three more suicide bombings took place across the nation yesterday, including an attack on a hotel in the comparatively peaceful Kurdish north that killed two people and injured 31. Such attacks are a hallmark of Sunni Arab militants loyal to al-Qaida in Iraq, a mostly homegrown insurgent group that U.S. commanders say is led by foreigners.
NEWS
May 29, 2013
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is a bright and dedicated public servant. Here's the rub: He could be the most competent police commissioner Baltimore has ever seen but that would not be enough to transform the city into a model metropolis. First, he needs the commitment of those who serve him. The battered Baltimore police force has been through the emotional wringer the past few years. It is of utmost importance that they believe in the changes Mr. Batts wants to implement.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Baltimore Police identified two suspects on Friday that were involved in a shootout with officers in West Baltimore earlier in the week that left one person dead. Ricky Dixon, 21, was charged with attempted murder and several weapons charges, police said. The other suspect identified, 23-year-old Larry Hooker, was killed in the shootout. The incident took place at about 10 p.m. Monday after two officers on foot patrol in the 2700 block of Edmondson Ave. saw gunfire coming out of a bronze sedan, police said.
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March 24, 2013
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts is still relatively new on his job, so it's probably unfair to make too much of his unfortunate response to a question last week about the recent spate of gun violence that left nine people dead on the city's west side. "Though we're having a spike in homicides," Mr. Batts said, "our organization is working better, faster and smoother, and you can see it in the overall stats. " There was nothing factually wrong in Mr. Batts' answer; department statistics show an 8 percent drop in crimes of all types over this time last year.
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March 9, 2013
Rounding up the usual suspects and putting officers on foot patrol for a few weeks are desperate moves by the Baltimore Police Department to temporarily shut down gun homicides before the nice weather arrives and street crime picks up with a vengeance ("6 killings continue violent 2013 start," March 5). Temporarily flooding the streets with foot patrols is feel-good initiative similar to gun buy-back programs. Violent crime in this town is gun driven, and officers on foot, unless they are jacking up every possible suspect they see while walking their beats, will probably just displace people with illegal guns to other parts of their district.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Baltimore police moved Monday to increase foot patrols over the next month and conduct street sweeps of violent fugitives after a weekend that saw six people killed and continued a violent start to 2013. Baltimore has recorded 35 homicides this year, a 40 percent increase over the same period in 2012. The spike made for the deadliest January and February in the city in four years. The increase has been particularly alarming to residents of West Baltimore, which has been the scene of 11 killings since Jan. 1. Two men were killed within five blocks of each other there Saturday and Sunday.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Rookie Baltimore police officers Jason Dipaola and Steven Vinias were sent to Mount Vernon to provide a sense of security to a neighborhood shaken by a double shooting. They may have ended up solving the case. After stopping a group of young people drinking alcohol at a park near the Washington Monument, the officers found a man carrying a rusty .22-caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number. Police said Thursday that subsequent information helped them connect the man, a 25-year-old drifter from North Carolina, to the double shooting.
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By Laurie Willis and Richard Irwin and Laurie Willis and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2003
Two men who were shot Tuesday in a Little Italy rowhouse might have been the victims of a botched robbery, police say. Joseph Augustus Harrison Jr., 27, was fatally wounded in the shooting, which occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Eastern Ave. The other victim, Richard Featherstone, 18, was shot in the right leg and was hospitalized last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Both victims were found in Harrison's third-floor bedroom. Harrison, a Polytechnic Institute graduate, had lived in the rowhouse for four years and occasionally worked construction jobs, said city homicide Detective Chris Beiling.
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June 29, 2011
Anne Arundel County Police on routine foot patrol Monday observed a Laurel man rolling a suspected marijuana cigarette and eventually arrested him with charges related to possession of controlled dangerous substances, or CDS. Officers of the Western District on foot patrol in the 3400 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road around 9 p.m. said they observed Darnell Mark Riddles, 25, rolling a suspected marijuana cigarette. Riddles was arrested, and after a search, police located nine baggies of suspected crack cocaine individually wrapped for sale with an estimated street value of $180, and a switchblade knife.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2010
Talk to Baltimore residents, and most say they want more police — and they don't mean speeding by in their cars from one call to the next. They want their neighborhood beat officer back, and they want him walking his post. But under the adage that too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing, some business owners along Greenmount Avenue see a flood of officers as an obstacle to their profits. Their patrons aren't always the type of people to embrace police, and too many officers can translate into fewer customers.
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