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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
A confidential study of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit, whose detectives make arrests in less than half the city's slayings, blames the failings on poor supervision and antipathy between detectives and prosecutors. The stinging analysis lists a variety of internal problems that include rotating out experienced investigators, substandard equipment and inadequate staffing of crucial support personnel, such as laboratory technicians and clerks. From broken tape recorders to case folders that are in "abysmal condition -- that is, when they can be located," the report portrays a dysfunctional unit whose detectives are responsible for investigating the most serious of offenses.
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By Michael James and Peter Hermann | October 2, 1994
In January, Thomas C. Frazier took over the 2,900-member Baltimore Police Department, an agency dogged by brutality complaints, petty corruption, and internal strife fueled by racial friction.The city was reeling from its second-straight record-setting year for homicides.Some 353 people were slain in Baltimore in 1993 -- up from 335 the year before -- as drug dealers brazenly took over neighborhoods and police morale plummeted under Commissioner Edward V. Woods.Frustrated by the carnage, politicians and community leaders turned up the heat on Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Mr. Woods.
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer | April 29, 1993
Edward E. Fox Jr. is a highly decorated Baltimore police officer who went undercover to help nail William "Little Will" Franklin, Tommy Lee Canty, James C. Harris and several other notorious drug dealers.The undercover work was dangerous, but Officer Fox thought he was performing a valuable service in the war against drugs. Now he wonders whether his work was recognized by the top brass in the Police Department.Officer Fox's career as a narcotics investigator abruptly ended in October 1991 after he was quoted in an article about "New York Boys" -- violent New York drug dealers who have set up shop in city neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2000
In the squad room of Baltimore's famous homicide unit, the murder board is back, telling a more upbeat story. For years, the wall-sized Formica board symbolized Baltimore's losing battle with violence, captivating viewers of the TV show "Homicide: Life on the Street." Yet frustrated police leaders viewed it as demoralizing, a reminder that killings in the city had spiraled out of control. They removed it two years ago. "It got to be a morale factor," Detective Maj. Robert M. Stanton, commander of the homicide unit, said yesterday.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
It is midmorning, and Baltimore's police chief is at his desk, scanning a list of items seized in drug raids. He's looking for a lawn mower. And a grill.A scavenger hunt may not fit the image of Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier and his tough stance on violent crime, but for this self-described "social worker with a gun," it's exactly the image he wants to project.Obtaining items for the force's youth choir or a neighborhood cleanup, he says, is crucial to the mission of making Baltimore safer.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | March 26, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles roster thinned out a little Monday, with several players being sent out of camp including right-hander Brad Bergesen, who pitched in 34 games with the Orioles last year. The Orioles have not yet announced the cuts, but they also include infielder Steve Tolleson, outfielder Scott Beerer and catcher John Hester - all non-roster invitees - who were sent to minor-league camp. Bergesen was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to be a starter. Also optioned to Triple-A Norfolk were pitcher Jason Berken, who made his spring debut Sunday after dealing with a hamstring issue, and Matt Antonelli, who batted .194 in 31 at-bats this spring.
NEWS
February 14, 1999
THE CONTRAST is astonishing. Last year, Boston (population 558,000) recorded 35 homicides; Baltimore (population 675,000) had 314. Even New York, with 10 times more people, had just 629 homicides.These numbers tell a powerful story. Starting nine years ago with record homicide rates of 152 and 2,245, respectively, Boston and New York began reversing the tide.Surely Baltimore, too, should be able to curb the lethal bloodshed on its streets.Yet the prospect is not promising. The year has started with another wave of killings.
NEWS
By David Simon and David Simon,Sun Staff Writer | February 7, 1994
A photo caption in yesterday's Sun incorrectly described the assignment of several police officers seen making a street sweep. The officers, shown arresting a man wanted on a warrant, were from the Northwestern District.The Sun regrets the errors.In assessing the Baltimore Police Department's war on drugs, consider the case of Rodney Curtis, who inhabits one drug corner in one neighborhood of a beleaguered city.Arrested at Fayette and Mount streets in July, Curtis, 19, was soon released and then arrested again for loitering at the West Baltimore corner a month later.
NEWS
By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | January 17, 2006
Responding to allegations of corruption in a district station house, Baltimore's police commissioner said yesterday that he is committed to restoring the "internal integrity" of the department and has begun implementing safeguards aimed at keeping officers honest. Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, speaking publicly for the first time about the arrest and suspension of several officers from the "flex squad" in the city's Southwestern District, said he has reinstated procedures that were in use when he left the Police Department in 1996 but were later eliminated.
NEWS
By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1994
Thomas C. Frazier, Baltimore's new police chief, promised yesterday reforms to revive the troubled department -- including creating an intelligence unit, beefing up street patrols and adding investigators to the depleted sex-crimes unit."
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