More beat officers to hit the street in Baltimore
In Canada and the United States most police chiefs will admit that, ideally, they would like to dedicate more resources to foot patrol. However, citing high violent crime rates and high volumes of call for service, few demonstrate the strength of their convictions.
Frederick Bealefeld III the Police Commissioner in Baltimore is determined to buck that trend. Baltimore is adding 50 officers to its complement and their assignment will be to patrol beats, on foot. Bealefeld seems to be adopting a long term view whereby policing is not just about emergency response to crimes that have already taken place. The move back to foot patrols is intended to strengthen the ties between the community and the police and build community capacity.