Rawlings-Blake, Batts say police will work on relations with community

After recording a 10 percent decline in Baltimore homicides and a drop in overall crime in 2014, city officials said Thursday that the Police Department would focus in 2015 on strengthening relations with the communities it serves.

“If people in this city do not feel safe in their neighborhoods or respected by their police officers, none of these results or statistics mean a thing,” Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts told reporters during a news conference to outline law enforcement plans for the new year. “Public trust has to be job one.”

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