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Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis is out, Mayor Catherine Pugh announces

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis is out, Mayor Catherine Pugh announces

DeSousa conceded culmination of his degree at Morgan State keeping in mind the end goal to join the Baltimore Police Department in 1988 however inevitably got his degree in connected aesthetic sciences in 1997. "The road ahead will be hard, but members of the City Council stand ready to partner with Mayor Pugh, Commissioner Designate DeSousa and the men and women of the police department as we continue the process of reforming policing practices in our city".

DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force who rose through the ranks, emphasized that all policing would be done in a "constitutional manner".

DeSousa said he was regarded to be tapped as the city's next best cop.

BALTIMORE-Baltimore's mayor on Friday fired the city's police commissioner after he failed to reduce the city's high homicide rate.

Pugh said Kevin Davis would be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa as the commissioner of the department.

The mayor's office says the 53-year-old DeSousa is a city resident whose appointment will be made permanent following "appropriate approvals".

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While violent crime rates in Baltimore have been notoriously high for decades, Baltimore ended 2017 with 343 killings, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever - roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people.

DeSousa said his top priority is violence reduction.

"City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young" said he stands behind Pugh's decision. The mayor believes he has not just the experience for the job, but the respect of his fellow officers.

He says he's looking forward to the challenge of his new leadership job and will approach his role as a strategic thinker who knows the ins-and-outs of the department's operations as well as law enforcement approaches that have had success in other USA cities. He still lives in Baltimore and is the father of two grown children.

"Baltimore has for quite some time been my home and I've spent my profession on its boulevards and in its neighborhoods to address issues and realize arrangements that are significant for the general population we serve", DeSousa said.


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