Baltimore Detectives, Administrators Put on Patrol To Quell Latest Crime Rise


Baltimore detectives who usually work in ties and jackets have donned their uniform blues to help take back the city’s streets in the face of a rise in shootings and homicides, up more than 30 percent over last year, reports the Baltimore Sun. About 150 sworn officers who typically work administrative jobs are being asked to bolster patrol units and create a visible blanket over the city to smother the outburst of gunfire. The assignment is one of the most basic and historic of police roles: beat cops, shepherds of the sidewalks. Police believe their mere presence as night watchmen will keep criminals away. “That’s what you hope,” says one. “You walk around. You let everyone know you’re here, and you lock your place down.”

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