Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III is seeking to calm concerns about a recent wave of violence, outlining new tactics and calling on other partners in the fight against crime to “step up,” the Baltimore Sun reports. Though six people have been arrested on murder charges in the past few days, homicide detectives’ caseloads are growing, with 11 people killed in the first seven days of January.
At a news conference, officials talked about gun seizures and the arrests of suspects in several killings from this year and last. The police union has said that a City Hall-mandated crackdown on spending contributed to the November crime spike, and some say that it has been a factor in the continued violence. Police have been given a green light to resume overtime spending but say that they are being more deliberate in how it used.