Midday Newsmaker: BPD Commissioner Michael Harrison and the Anti-Crime Plan
Today, Tom's guest in Studio A is the newish police commissioner of Baltimore City, Michael Harrison. He was appointed by then-Mayor Catherine Pugh in January, approved by the City Council a few weeks later, and sworn into office in March.
Last Thursday, flanked by Mayor Jack Young and other city officials, Commissioner Harrison unveiled his new plan to address the crime problemthat has afflicted Baltimore in particularly acute ways since the riots and unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.
The plan addresses response times by police, where and how they are deployed throughout the city, technology needs and how police can build cases that hold-up in court for people accused of serious crimes, while exploring alternatives to jail for those who commit lesser offenses.
This conversation was livestreamed on the WYPR Facebook page. You can watch that video here.