07/19/2007

Baltimore mayor launches search for new police commissioner

Canned Hamm:

BALTIMORE, Md. — Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced this morning that she would launch a nationwide search for a new police commissioner and vowed to "figure out what it is going to take to reduce crime" in the city.

Speaking at a news conference, Dixon introduced her new interim commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III, the deputy commissioner of operations and a 26-year veteran of the department.

Dixon and Bealefeld gave brief remarks but did not take questions from reporters. Leonard D. Hamm, who resigned at her request, did not appear. It was the first public remarks by the mayor since she asked for Hamm's resignation Tuesday night.

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