Bealefeld to Retire, 31 New Crime Cameras Installed

| May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Dear Friends:
Yesterday, Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld announced his retirement after 31 years as a member of the Baltimore Police Department and five years as Commissioner. He has been a great public servant for the people of Baltimore throughout his entire career.While I am saddened to announce his retirement, I respect his decision to retire after decades of service to spend more time with his family. Please join me in wishing him the best retirement.

At my request, Commissioner Bealefeld has agreed work on a transition and succession plan during the course of the next several weeks. His retirement is effective August 1. A professional, national search process for the Commissioner’s replacement will commence immediately. In the meantime, our mission to build on our successes reducing violent crime continues.

On Wednesday, we joined with community leaders to take part in the installation of one of thirty-three new crime cameras in the Northeast Police District. The expansion of CitiWatch, the City’s actively-monitored crime camera program, will assist crime prevention efforts in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello, South Clifton Park, and Darley Park neighborhoods.

The camera expansion builds on our continued investment in public safety. With the Northeast district expansion, over 100 new crime cameras have been added to the CitiWatch network since I took office, increasing the total number of cameras to 583.

The CitiWatch program has become a vital part of Baltimore’s effort to reduce violent crime in our neighborhoods. The cameras serve as a force-multiplier that enables the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department to do more to protect the citizens of this great city.

In 2011, CitiWatch participated in over 1,236 arrests, of which 145 arrests were made for violent crimes, including robberies, assaults, and illegal gun possession. Despite a difficult budget deficit, our Fiscal 2013 Budget fully funds the operation of the crime camera program, which has been shown to reduce crime by 25% in covered areas.

An Urban Institute study found that Baltimore’s CitiWatch system has a significant impact on crime and yielded $1.50 in benefits for every $1.00 spent.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at my website or by email at mayor@baltimorecity.gov. You can also follow the Mayor’s Office and be a part of the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Mayor, City of Baltimore

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