Baltimore City officials testify in Annapolis, during joint briefing on public safety

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:21:08-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In the shadow of another record-breaking month of homicides, Baltimore City leaders went to Annapolis Friday to discuss the violent crime problem in the city.

Mayor Jack Young said city leadership just got back from Chicago to see how their police combat their crime problems. He also mentioned, they would like to implement some of Chicago's programs but would like help from the state to purchase equipment.

“Technology upgrades and we going to look at how we can work together with our legislators to do just that, to get the information that we need and the money that we need for infrastructure in IT,” said Mayor Jack Young.

Commissioner Michael Harrison was in Chicago as well and said he was inspired by some of the programs Chicago police are using. Harrison has started incorporating them into Baltimore's police work.

“We are also developing the connectivity needed to bring effective programs on line that actually break the cycle of violence,” said Commissioner Harrison.

As the city mark another record for homicides in January, Mayor Young stressed to lawmakers the importance of the legislators, police, city hall and the states attorney's office work in concert with each other.

“I'm not happy with murders and I know the people of Baltimore and not happy with murders and that's why it's important to be down here with a coordinated effort,” said Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney.

The legislature is expected to discuss more gun legislation next week.