You Tell Us: What Would You Ask Baltimore’s New Police Commissioner?

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This week Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake , the former Long Beach and Oakland, CA police chief, will be the city’s new top cop.

Batts had a tumultuous tenure in Oakland, but also comes highly recommended from his time in Long Beach.

He has impressive academic credentials, including a doctorate in public administration from University of La Verne, and experience running two of the largest law enforcement agencies in California.

Batts has said that he expects the department to be .

But his time as Oakland’s police chief was with Mayor Jean Quan, which eventually resulted in his resigning that position after about two years.

Batts’ appointment must still be approved by the City Council, but he’s expected to take over as commissioner on Sept. 27.

So Patch wants to know what questions you have for the mayor’s choice to replace former .

What would you ask Baltimore’s new police commissioner? Tell us in comments.

Kathleen C. Ambrose August 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I'm very disconcerted with phrases like "people who look like me" and "help kids that looked like him" (Patch: New Commissioner Brushes Off Rough Oakland Tenure). Baltimore City has made great strides to stamp out racial divisiveness (although not socioeconomic bias) and I hope Batts doesn't rely on West Coast experience in this position. What works in one city may not work in another.
slangwhang August 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM
slangwhang August 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM
slangwhang August 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM
His Wife had a BLACK EYE???? POLICE CALLED TO HIS HOME FOR DOMESTIC CALLS...I would say this man has ISSUES but then so does STephanie Rollins Blake....she must be CO-Dependant!
Christian August 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I would like seeing foot police assigned to all of the neighborhoods so that the Officers on patrol know the neighborhoods and the people who reside therein. I would like to see these officers do regular shifts in the community so that a trust can be built between the neighborhoods and the Police Department. I think that this would curtail crime considerably and it would create a feeling of peace within the neighborhoods.
ralahinn1 August 29, 2012 at 01:33 PM
We really need someone in the city like Phoenix Jones. Phoenix Jones says we do have a" hero" in Baltimore( named Phoenix, but no relation) but I have never heard or seen him at work. My ex- son- in - law is a " guardian angel" in the city, but I have never seen them at work either ... People in the city( including cops) need to learn good old fashion manners and morals, then there would not be so much trouble in the city, because they might know right from wrong.
Dunk August 29, 2012 at 03:48 PM
The new guy will be gone in 18 months -- he is under qualified. Bound to fail.Last I read, Oakland is a nightmare compared to Baltimore.
bill cunningham August 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Why has the Northern District been with a drug unit for almost a year? I am told that the Northern may never get a drug unit. Drug raids are down 95% in last year. Drug dealers have retaken corners in Remington.
Kathleen C. Ambrose August 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I don't know, Bill, I think the dealers never left. They just rotated corners. It's going to be up to the community to eradicate drug use in the neighborhood, because as long as there's a market, there will be sellers. If the police think the situation is "contained" in an area, they will turn a blind eye--until they see blood. I hope the new Commissioner has a plan to combat the drug-related crime that arises from this type of situation, but many have tried and failed.
Christian August 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Ms. Ambrose, this is precisely why I have requested that the new Commissioner have foot patrols in the neighborhood, so that this person(s) can be the eyes and ear of the individual communities that they are in. They will, in time come to know the residents and who should and should not be there and can monitor the activities of the drug dealers, pan handlers, prostitutes, etc., that plague many of our neighborhoods.
Kathleen C. Ambrose August 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Christian, that would be ideal and I totally agree, but the City will say it needs more money for these patrols and then taxes get raised. Communities need to be pro-active in combating illegal activities, either through monitoring and reporting or creating benevolent societies that can help divert the dealers, panhandlers, prostitutes, etc., toward a more beneficial existence. I hope the new Commissioner heeds your request.
Christian August 30, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Kathleen, I agree likewise with you that the community needs to be pro-active in combating illegal activities, which is why I strongly believe in "Neighborhood Watch" rather than "Citizens on Patrol". First all neighbors know who belongs in their neighborhoods and have the ability by either using 311 or 911 (for an emergency) to report suspicious activity on their block. The Citizen on Patrol concept is silly in that a group of people walk around and often insult other residents by marching through their neighborhood like a group of vigilantes. Also several years ago I went and took a program offered by the BCPD about reporting issues which doesn't necessarily identify me, because I have a number assigned so I don't have to leave my name. Further, and lastly most police cars have two officers in the vehicle, whereas a Policeman on the street is one person, which should keep costs down. I think it makes economic sense and should cost no more for the city to handle.
Red Corley August 30, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I would ask everyone to pray for you. Satan steals, kills, and destroy. Just like Jesus your own will not accept you. I pray for peace in our inner cities communities. Father God touch this man and his community in the name of Jesus, Satan be gone.
susan September 09, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Could you,please, give me an update as to the investigation on the shooting of Jonathan Blankenship?
Adam Bednar (Editor) September 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Susan, I've asked numerous times for updates from the police regarding the shooting involved Mr. Blankenship's shooting. I've been told to wait, that details are coming and will be made public following the investigation into the shooting. All of this is expected to be available—at the earliest—in December.
susan September 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Thank you for your response. Seems to be a long investigation
Gary Coleman September 19, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Kathleen, I am a bit intimadated by the publicness of this reply. However, I choose to call you. Perhaps, you will call me back. 410-209-0815, garybcoleman@gmail.com
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Christian January 23, 2013 at 07:48 PM
As I said previously I would prefer to have foot patrols in the neighborhoods so that the officer assigned will know the neighborhood and those who live in it. While it may cost a little more initially in order to institute these positions in the neighborhoods, I believe with lessening crime that overall it will be cost effective. Also I would rather pay a nominal tax increase annually to be able to walk outside of my home in safety rather than live in fear.
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