Darryl De Sousa is getting closer to officially becoming the next Baltimore City Police Commissioner.
The City Council announced they are holding a televised committee hearing on later this month. At that meeting, community members are encouraged to share thoughts on De Sousa filling the top spot at BPD.
Back in mid-January, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced she was firing Commissioner Kevin Davis and replacing him with Deputy Commissioner De Sousa.
De Sousa is a 30-year veteran on the force who has worked a number of jobs within the department.
During his first-ever news conference as Commissioner-designate, he said his number one priority is violence reduction. He plans to tackle that by putting more uniformed officers on the streets, and increasing their presence in hot spots around the city.
If he is approved by the City Council, De Sousa will be taking over after the city saw a record year in 2017 for murders, with more than 340 for the year.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m.