City Police Commissioner to Shake Up Staff, Organization

Baltimore Police CarEffective April 24, 2019, there will be a new structure for the Baltimore City Police Department.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Police Commissioner Michael Harrison is rearranging the department and streamlining command staff:

Harrison’s plan divides the department into four bureaus: Administration, Operations, and two newly formed bureaus of Compliance and Public Integrity. Each will be led by a deputy commissioner.

The new structure reduces the number of colonels from four to two and lieutenant colonel positions from seven to four.

The article notes some staff changes in addition to the restructuring:

The Community Collaboration Division also will move under the Chief of Patrol’s office, where it will be led by Lt. Colonel Sheree Briscoe. She previously headed a neighborhood coordination program, which was also under patrol.

Jim Gillis, the previous chief of staff, will become the deputy commissioner of administration.

Harrison brought Eric Melancon, who was his chief of staff at the New Orleans Police Department to serve as his chief of staff in Baltimore.

Deputy Commissioner Danny Murphy, who will lead the newly created Compliance Bureau overseeing the consent decree reforms, began work last week. He, too, worked alongside Harrison at the New Orleans department.

Read the full article in The Baltimore Sun to learn more.