Baltimore cops to flood streets with 230 more officers amid homicide spike
Police desk jobs are temporarily becoming a thing of the past in Baltimore as the embattled city gears up for an “all hands on deck” fight to combat a recent surge in homicides.
The Baltimore Police Department announced Wednesday that 230 officers assigned to administrative duties will instead be required to patrol the streets.
“We’ve gotten to a point where we’ve become desensitized to levels of violence in this city that are just totally, totally unacceptable,” interim police commissioner Gary Tuggle told the media. “There are gonna be a number of things that don’t get done, but right now, patrol is the priority.”
The Baltimore Sun reported 44 killings in Baltimore in the past month, and statistics from the Sun showed 99 shootings during the past three months — including a staggering 11 shootings just on Oct. 16.