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Baltimore police release new crime-fighting plan

Police say a new plan for fighting crime in Baltimore aims to overhaul outdated strategies and build trust with residents.

Commissioner Anthony Batts presented the five-year plan to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at City Hall on Thursday.

Batts says the plan is built to adapt as the city changes with input from officers, the police union and command staff. The commissioner has already implemented some ideas such as realigning command staff and rewriting procedure manuals.

The plan cites a need to improve data collection and information sharing. It suggests putting computers in all patrol cars and a pilot program where police wear body cameras to record interactions with the public. It also advocates a campaign to take back public spaces focused on quality-of-life crimes.

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