The Marc Steiner Show

06/12/07 Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

 

The FBI released it’s 2006 crime statistics last week and it looks like Baltimore is the second most violent city in the country, behind Detroit.

Our homicide rate is out of control.

Yet the violent crime rate, which includes rape, robbery, and assault, is down, bucking a nationwide trend.

What’s going on?

We’ll tackle some of the same topics we talked about with David Kennedy.  How is Mayor Dixon’s reign influencing the Police Department?  Will there be a shift away from the statistics driven model that O’Malley preferred?  How is the Police Department using Mayor Dixon’s crime plan?  What is the strategy?

We’ll be joined by Baltimore City Police Department Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.  Join us!

-Jessica

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  1. Thirty-three years ago, as Director of Maryland Division of Parole and Probation Drug and Alcohol Services, I was successful in getting state funding to drug test parolees and probationers. That program continues and forces a simple equation: accept treatment or return to prison. It’s a clear choice. Actions have consequences; a novel concept for many impressionable youth.

    Three decades later, at this critical juncture, we should redouble, not slacken, our efforts to supervise and (possibly) rehabilitate offenders.We need to intensify probation supervision to: A. Rid the community of the bad apples, and B. Re-integrate those who can be helped in joining the mainstream (yes, there are many in that category, they just slip back into society, get older and become as you and I).

    The noted French photographer, Lucien LeClerc said that we must constantly see the world “with new eyes”. I believe that, even in old age. And so we should look at Baltimore’s murders, with new eyes. For instance, when I visit Johns Hopkins Hospital on Broadway, I feel very safe. There is an abundance of energetic professionals walking beside me and a uniformed security protection officer at each crossing. But go one block north or west, it is different. Travel two blocks in either direction and you are in the epi-center of drugs/crime/homicides.

    Make no mistake, taking back the streets is very similar to a military operation-get rid of the bad, maintain the good.

    Threfore we should:

    1. Establish a Community Coordinating task force to integrate the currently divided services of policing, probation, drug treatment, job skills training and social services.

    2. Establish storefront centers in each targeted neighborhood. Each center would have a law enforcement officer, a probation caseworker, a job counselor and a drug treatment referral specialist. Probationers/parolees could check in weekly for drug testing and employment/skills training.

    3. Establish police outpost kiosks at the corners of high crime areas. Winning the streets back requires a block by block approach, drive out the bad, keep the good within protected boundaries.

    4. Back up policing with cameras in high crime districts, augmented by high resolution imaging devices to photograph activities 24 hours a day.

    Taking back the city requires a political commitment. But, when folks begin feeling safer, drug free and hopeful of the future, neighborhoods could bloom again. Do we have that resolve? Like drug testing, either you pass or fail. Actions (and inaction) have consequences.

    Rudolph Aukschun
    21100 Keeney Mill Rd.
    Freeland, MD 21053

    tel:410-357-8926

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