Po­lice chief be­gins re­model

Har­ri­son goes out­side the depart­ment to fill posts, bring change

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By Jes­sica An­der­son

A month into Baltimore Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Michael Har­ri­son’s ten­ure atop one of the coun­try’s most chal­lenged law en­force­ment agen­cies, he’s re­shap­ing it — look­ing na­tion­ally for can­di­dates and turn­ing a crit­i­cal eye to com­mand staff.

“I’m here for the long haul,” Har­ri­son said, to re­form the depart­ment “and to make Baltimore the safe city it was al­ways sup­posed to be.”

Har­ri­son said he’s seek­ing out­side can­di­dates to fill lead­er­ship po­si­tions key to bring­ing change to the be­lea­guered depart­ment, which has suf­fered ex­ces­sive lead­er­ship turnover and a cor­rup­tion scan­dal. And he must meet con­stant re­form dead­lines un­der a U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment con­sent de­cree.

Four com­man­ders have left in re­cent weeks. Har­ri­son has brought in two for­mer col­leagues from New Or­leans, the depart­ment he served for 28 years be­fore com­ing to Baltimore this year.

“Right now, I am in the mid­dle of mak­ing com­mand- and ex­ec­u­tive-level assess­ments to de­ter­mine the will and ca­pac­ity, and what works well and what doesn’t work


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