Bealefeld Announces Plan To Make City Safer
(WJZ) BALTIMORE Just days into his official appointment as the head of the city police department, Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld takes his policing message to the streets of Baltimore. As Derek Valcourt explains, he wants to bring crime down in the city by bringing the level of community involvement up. He's been acting police commissioner for several months and now he's hitting the ground running and trying to recruit some help.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene on Friday for the 232nd murder so far this year. One man was shot and killed in the 2300 block of Eutaw Place in northwest Baltimore. It was the first murder in the city in a week, ending the longest stretch without a homicide so far thus year. Thursday, Mayor Dixon credited Bealefeld as she appointed him permanent police commissioner.
"During his time as acting commissioner, the murder rate is down. Maybe it's not down as far as we want it to be, but we are making strides and impact," Dixon said.
And the impact appears to continue. Bealefeld said later Friday night, officers stopped another murder near Orleans and Montford. Police shot one man after they witnessed him trying to shoot and kill another man.
"You know, public safety is not a spectator sport. It is something everyone has to participate in," Bealefeld said.
Now Bealefeld is hitting the streets and recruiting help in his mission to fight crime. Saturday morning, he spoke with Guardian Angels, the watchdog group of unarmed citizen crime patrolers as part of a neighborhood crime walk, but he says he wants more participation from the citizens of Baltimore in making neighborhoods safer.
"What we need is for people to be involved at their own comfort level. People are comfortable on a huge spectrum and whether it is bringing messages to the police department, calling 911 when they see criminal activity or coming out and participating in these walks, it's all good," he said.
Bealefeld may be hitting the ground running but he still has to go before the Baltimore City Council for a confirmation hearing. That could take months before a final vote.
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