Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is concerned about the city’s uptick in murders this year after a record decline in 2011, reports the Baltimore Sun. “I’m certainly not satisfied with it,” she said. “I don’t want to go back. It’s not the goal of my administration to become a more violent city. My goal is to become an exceptionally safe city, one of the safest big cities in the country. I won’t be satisfied until that’s where we are.”
Rawlings-Blake said she is discussing with Police Commissioner Anthony Batts “ways that we can increase enforcement and deployment to bring that down.” Batts, who will be officially sworn in today, has taken a low-profile tack on addressing recent incidents, and has said he is evaluating the agency’s systems and policies. There have been 189 people killed in Baltimore this year, compared with 176 at the same time last year. Last year, 196 people were murdered, the first time the homicide count fell under 200 since the 1970s. Still, the city remained one of the most violent per capita, with the sixth-highest murder rate.