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City's challenges could make search for next police commissioner a tough task

City's challenges could make search for next police commissioner a tough task

The spike in violent crime in Baltimore, community concerns about police brutality and an approaching mayoral election could make the search for the city's next police commissioner a tall task — but it could also make the job appealing to a candidate up to the challenge, law enforcement professionals and analysts say. "It will be a daunting task," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum. The think tank assisted in the search that brought Anthony W. Batts to the city in 2012. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Batts Wednesday amid growing calls for his resignation from members of the City Council and the community. The mayor...

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