- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says since 2012, the department has seen a 45 percent reduction in use of force complaints and a 62 percent drop in the number of legal claims filed against it, but that there is more work to be done.

One year after releasing a strategic plan outlining reforms, Batts was joined by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to discuss the progress the department has made.

Batts emphasized the department’s continued focus on ridding Baltimore’s streets of violent repeat offenders and increased efforts to engage with communities across the city. Batts also promised to continue working toward transparency and increased accountability for officers and building trust with residents.

Batts said the department has had a number of successes but still “has a long way to go.”

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