The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to confirm former New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison as the new Baltimore City Police Commissioner. Harrison has been serving as the acting police commissioner since February 11, 2019.
The Baltimore Sun reports on Harrison’s statement following the confirmation:
“I expect a long and productive relationship with the City Council and am looking forward to working together to achieve our goals of reforming the Baltimore Police Department, reducing crime and rebuilding trust with the community,” he said in a statement.
Harrison has said he is excited to start pushing through the reforms as outlined in the city’s consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, as he did with a consent decree he oversaw as the superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department before coming to Baltimore.
Mayor Pugh also expressed support for the new commissioner in a statement and in a series of tweets. Harrison will be sworn in by the Mayor at City Hall on Tuesday morning.
I am delighted that our City Council members have come to share my view that Michael Harrison is indeed, the right person, at the right time and in the right place to remake the Baltimore Police Department and restore community trust as our new Police Commissioner. pic.twitter.com/zsBYHYf0ia
— Mayor Catherine Pugh (@MayorPugh50) March 11, 2019
For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.