Baltimore Bringing In Experts To Review Low Homicide Clearance Rate


In an effort to solve more of Baltimore’s homicide cases, a dozen experts will visit the city homicide unit to examine how detectives investigate killings, part of a grant the department has received from the U.S. Department of Justice, reports the Baltimore Sun. The announcement by Police Commissioner Anthony Batts came after a particularly violent weekend in which three people were killed, including the nephew of City Council President Jack Young. That brought Baltimore’s homicide total this year to 54, eight more than at this time last year. Baltimore’s homicide clearance rate so far this year is 53.7 percent, which is higher than its average over the past four years of 47.6 percent. The national clearance rate for cities of Baltimore’s size was about 57.2 percent in 2013.

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