The residents of Baltimore are looking for some ways to address about the out of control murder rate, however, there is more information needed about how it is working and how it’s not. Baltimore Police Department has some pressure on which force them to put more police officers on the streets in high crime areas. While people of the city don’t have any data on the impact of the number of extra police on areas for whatever length of time on gun-related crime. Moreover, it’s not actually clear for residents what police would otherwise be doing – do they investigate homicide? Are they detectives? Or do they investigate shootings?
The clearance rate of Baltimore’s non-fatal shooting is not more than 20%, and for murders, which means fatal results include almost 30%. The city’s rate is way below the national clearance rate for murders, which is 60% and even farther from where we were almost 20 years ago. Given current staffing at BPD, it is likely that homicide cases to detectives are close to 10 to 1 which is more than the recommended 5 to 1.
Although we don’t want justice how it appears that’s what we have. So how can we improve the rate and arrest more killers? There can be a question about effective strategies for solving murders and arrest killers. Can too few detectives be a problem too? Or maybe the problem has some expired training, intelligence, and strategies? Another thing can be the silence of witnesses? It could be one of those questions or altogether, no one knows.
Want more questions? Here they are. Is it more effective to have extra police officers serving warrants on chronic suspects rather than controlling communities? And again, no one knows! But we do know that there are 40,000 unserved warrants. What else we know, is that BPD prioritized these warrants to identify those who must be served on chronic suspects.
Residents don’t have an idea about are their re-prioritized warrants as new ones or whether their flow is static or not.
One thing can seem true after all this, the Police Department of Baltimore is not well staffed, and there must be some manners taken under consideration.