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Budget Committee votes to disband BPD mounted, marine units

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 13:38:39-04

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday voted on nearly $7 million in cuts to the Baltimore Police Department's budget.

Part of the approved cuts include disbanding the police department's mounted and marine units, as well as cutting some overtime funding.

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In December 2019, Alexander Weiss Consulting, LLC was tapped to conduct an independent study on how to better deploy staff.

The study recommended the mounted unit be re-assigned somewhere "its capabilities are used more strategically."

It also suggested the police marine unit be combined with the fire department's marine services "to streamline service delivery and achieve cost efficiency."

None of the proposed cuts involve patrol units.

The $3 billion planned budget now goes to the full City Council for an official vote.