Thank you, Commissioner
Though only serving five years as Baltimore Police Commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld, III, has had a deeply felt impact because of his commitment to improving ties between the police and the community.
Being an especially personable guy helped as did his frequent walks through neighborhoods with residents whom he listened to. The Commissioner joined Walking Waverly a number of times and worked with Waverly Main Street to increase safety on Greenmount Avenue.
He always seemed to enjoy being on the street, introducing himself to folks and hearing what they had to say. I was struck by something he said on a panel about how hard it is in society to find quiet intimate time to reflect or communicate one on one when we have a constant barrage of distractions and interruptions coming from so many directions today.
Shortly before making public his plans to retire, the Commissioner agreed to participate in a War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration outside St. Johns in the Village on Greenmount Avenue, where he spoke eloquently and passionately about the career of Sam Smith, the often forgotten hero in the Defense of Baltimore when the city was under attack by the British.
Sam Smith served at great risk in both Revolutionary wars, the U.S. House and Senate and as Baltimore City Mayor when he was in his 80s. I hope we are fortunate enough to keep Frederick H. Bealefeld, III around and that he finds other meaningful ways to continue serving our city and its citizens while also enjoying some quiet reflective time and intimate moments with family and friends.