BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The public can now comment on the completed draft of a new Baltimore Police Department staffing plan.
Commissioner Michael Harrison announced Friday, that feedback would be accepted until January 13, and again from January 31 to February 21.
The plan specifically focuses on patrol staffing levels in all nine districts in the city as well as specialized units within the department.
Alexander Weiss Consulting, LLC was tapped to put the study together, and recommend how the police department could best deploy their officers and civilian employees.
In the report, Weiss suggests disbanding some units and expanding others. The study also highlights the significant officer shortage in the department, and the high cost of overtime as result.
“When completed, the staffing plan will give us a much better idea than we have ever had of how best to utilize our most important resource -- our people. In doing so, it will make us a significantly more effective and efficient police department, which will be good for everyone: individual officers, the Department as a whole, and the city,” said Harrison.
The staffing plan was part of many reforms mandated in the court enforced consent decree between the Department of Justice and police department.
You can read the entire report below.
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