Batts to remain Baltimore police commissioner for six more years

BALTIMORE - Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts will remain on the job for at least another six years.

Batts’ status with the department became official Wednesday during a confirmation hearing. Batts, who came from Oakland, Calif., has been on the job two years and replaced the retired Fred Bealefeld .

Batts has worked to help reduce the rate of violence in the city. Baltimore’s homicide rate remains behind last year’s pace, but the city has been rocked by a series of recent unsolved murders, including the drive-by shooting death of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott and the shooting death of 20-year-old CCBC lacrosse player Devin Cook .


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