Police chief begins remodel
Harrison goes outside the department to fill posts, bring change
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