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Baltimore Police Department to start new restructured leadership plan

Meant to improve lines of communication
Posted at 7:07 AM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 08:25:26-04

BALTIMORE — Some big changes will go into effect Wednesday for the Baltimore Police Department.

The new police Commissioner Michael Harrison is changing the structure of the department.

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Part of Harrison’s plan includes changing up leadership and high-ranking positions.

In an organizational chart released by the department shows a reduction in the number of colonels from six to two and the number of lieutenant colonels from seven to four. The idea is to help with the chain of command.

In a statement released last week, Harrison said the department simply has too many people in high-ranking positions without an appropriate span of control to justify their rank. His plan also includes dividing the department into four bureaus: administration, operations, compliance and public integrity. Each will be led by a deputy commissioner.

Harrison said the new structure is an important step towards making the department more efficient and responsive.