- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Police say 100 officers will be assigned to patrol shifts to deal with staffing shortages.

Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference Friday that patrol is the backbone of effective policing.

The Baltimore Sun reports (https://bsun.md/2hYAr4r) that earlier this week, the Fraternal Order of Police said the department deploys about 700 officers on patrol. Lt. Gene Ryan, the union president, said that number was too few to protect the city.

Mayor Catherine Pugh said at the news conference that she agrees that there are not enough officers patrolling the city. But she added the more arrests won’t necessarily reduce the violence in Baltimore.

Davis says the reassignments won’t take place immediately because officers must be given notice of schedule changes.

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