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Another City Ask For 100 Federal Cops To Help Fight Spike In Violent Crime

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Baltimore, MD – City officials announced a proposal on Thursday that would bring 100 federal officers from various agencies to Baltimore to help local officers patrol the streets of the crime-plagued city.

The plan was announced at the quarterly consent decree meeting in federal court on July 22, WBAL reported.

The Baltimore Police Department has been under the consent decree since 2017 after an investigation following the death of Freddie Gray in the custody of Baltimore police revealed multiple civil rights violations among the police department’s practices.

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City officials told the court that the city was down 392 officers and 14 detectives from where it needed to be, WBAL reported.

The proposed initiative called for 100 federal agents – mostly from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) – to help Baltimore police officers in a myriad of ways, WBAL reported.

“The ask is for federal agents to come help us,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison explained. “Certainly, police officers will answer citizens’ calls for service. But I think what the bigger picture meant is federal agents will be on the streets of Baltimore. Not specifically patrolling, but on the streets helping, working side by side with police officers to help fight violent crime.”

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The proposal was made in a desperate effort to stretch police department resources, WBAL reported.

Federal officials have not yet responded to the police department’s request for help.

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Court testimony revealed that the Baltimore Police Department has 600 vacancies, which included the 392 patrol officers and 14 detectives referenced above.

The police department has found staffing to be its greatest challenge to compliance with the federal consent decree, WBAL reported.

In recent years, the department has used funds that would have gone to those vacant positions to cover shortfalls in overtime funding.

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