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Baltimore police get new training section director

Baltimore’s police commissioner has named a new director of the department’s education and training section following an accidental shooting at a police training academy.

Maj. Joseph Smith’s appointment was announced Monday. It follows the accidental shooting last week of University of Maryland campus police trainee who was shot in the head during an exercise.

Smith will be introduced to police recruits and training instructors Tuesday, the same day limited operations at the training academy are expected to resume.

Smith joined the department in 1987. He has previously served as Internal Affairs Commander, Police Academy Commander and a firearms training instructor. He attended the Community College of Baltimore and is married with three children.

Smith replaces Maj. Eric Russell who was put on administrative suspension while an investigation is ongoing.

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