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Our say: County lends Baltimore police a familiar voice

Our say: County lends Baltimore police a familiar voice

Communication with the public is crucial to a good police department — which means, among other things, that a first-rate spokesman is needed. Lt. T.J. Smith — a 16-year veteran who is a familiar presence from countless news conferences, videos and social media posts — has done an excellent job in that position with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and Kevin Davis, the former county police chief who is now the acting police commissioner in Baltimore, knows it. That's why Davis reached out to County Executive Steve Schuh, and Smith now has an unpaid one-year leave of absence to be the civilian spokesman for the city police. After the indictment of six...

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