Crime Prevention .............
The two halves of Baltimore’s Law and Order team
State's Attorney Bernstein and his Southeast Community Prosecution Team:
To build even stronger relationships with the police and public so as to more effectively fight crime, State's Attorney Bernstein transformed the office by implementing what is known as a community prosecution model. In the past, the office's more than 200 prosecutors were assigned to units, each one focused on a different type of case, such as narcotics or firearms. Under the new model,, the office has replaced those units with three new divisions, each one focused on a specific area of the city. By working more closely with people where they live and police where they work, prosecutors can become as knowledgeable about the needs of their neighborhoods as they are about the law.
Baltimore City Police Department Laboratory Division
Forensic science involves the application of hard science and technology to the solution and prosecution of crime. Based upon the underlying principle that the criminal leaves part of himself at the scene and takes part of the crime site with him, forensic science includes the identification and analysis of physical evidence related to a crime. The Baltimore City Police Department's Laboratory Division continues to be dedicated to providing the highest quality, most accurate and efficient forensic support available to the Police Department, the criminal justice system and the citizens of Baltimore. Some of their services include documenting the crime scene, recovering latent prints and other physical evidence, and forensic firearms identification.
Source: Councilmember Jim Kraft
Fells Prospect's citizens on patrol (COP) walks monthly on the 4th Wednesday each month (see the FPCA home page for updates). Scott Goldman is the COP organizer. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact him at email@example.com
Neighborhoods United Citizens On Patrol, NUCOP is one of many C.O.P.s in the Southeastern District. Our C.O.P. is a network of concerned residents through out the Southestern District who report crime to the Police Substation after calling 911. Members of the police and elected representatives sometimes join the residents. Feel free to bring your dogs as we walk the community.
The residents do their patrolling at different times and individually. Sometimes in pairs.
When witnessing a crime, immediately call 911 before doing anything else. Then, after calling 911, call 410-675-0273, the Police Substation, with your information.
N.U.C.O.P. Citizens On Patrol has their crime meeting at 2238 Eastern Avenue, 2nd floor, above the Chesapeake bank.
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Southeastern Police District
Commander: Major William Davis
Street Address: 5710 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
FPCA Residents Explore Neighborhood Crimefighting Options
On December 15, 2011, six Fells Prospect Community Association neighbors met with the Northwest Citizen's Patrol (NWCP) to learn how they've successfully organized for years to prevent crime in their neighborhood. Read the notes here.
To report drug activity anonymously
To report liquor license violations
Use the Baltimore City Service website and select "Liquor Board Compliant/Adult Entertainment." You can also enlist the help and experience of the Fells Point Community Association.
Did you know that pandhandling is not a crime in Baltimore City?
Panhandling is allowed on the sidewalks of Baltimore City unless it becomes aggressive. Often, when Baltimore City police are asked to intervene, because many panhandlers have medical issues, officers end up spending many hours waiting with the person at a medical facility. Harbor East has said that they've had some success contacting social service and getting a caseworker out to work with the individual, but the panhandler is under no obligation to accept assistance.
Response to Recent SE District Crime
At a community meeting at Max's Taphouse in Fells Point on Monday, November 26, Major Bill Davis of the Southeastern district reviewed police coverage for the district, gave advice on how citizens and business should respond to a crime, and other tips on working with the police.
There have been 10 robberies in the area in the last month, including 5 commercial ones which may be related.
Southeastern District Police Coverage
- There are 150-160 officers assigned to the SE.
- Shifts are 7 AM - 3 PM, 3 PM - 11 PM, 11PM - 7 AM.
- About 35 officers on duty at each shift, including 3 supervisors (1 shift commander, 2 sargeants) and there are 16 patrol posts, including 2 wagons.
- There is also a flex unit that gets assigned to high crime areas.
- Holiday deployment began the week of Thanksgiving. MD state troopers and DOT police have also been asked to help out, with 7 of them assigned to the SE.
In case you are the victim of a crime:
- In the case of a robbery, comply with the perpetrator's demands, including giving up any belongings.
- Try as hard as possible to remember details about the perpetrator's description, including hair, tattoos, shoes, and clothing. Also memorize any details if there is a weapon or a phrase the perpetrator uses. All these can be used to identify the person.
- If you have a cell phone stolen, do not terminate service immediately because the police may be able to trace the phone, especially you have an iPhone and have the Find My Phone app activated.
- If you have a credit card stolen, cancel it immediately but also ask the card company for records of transactions the thief generated. These may help locate the thief--they don't tend to go far.
Cameras and video:
- For businesses, video is a deterrant. In one case, once the would-be thief was told he was on camera, he left.
- Residents are within their rights to video outside their homes. Because the street is public, there is no presumed right to privacy.
- Neither businesses nor residents need to post that they have cameras, though posting may help deter would-be thieves.
- If there is a crime committed and you think that it is on video, contact the police and let them extract video so that you don't accidentally damage it.
- Note that if you photograph or videotape a crime or perpetrator, an officer can write a report and the picture or video can be used as evidence, but the officer cannot arrest for a misdemeanor based on the photograph or video unless he/she saw the crime committed him/herself.
Working with police:
- If an officer answers a call and does not write a report, but you think that a report should be written, ask the officer for the report number. The officer can get into serious trouble for not doing a report, including getting suspended or released.
- If you report something to an officer you see in the SE district, even if they say they are not on duty, they are supposed to respond. If you are not happy with their response, take their name, their badge number, their license plate, etc. and call 911 to report to a supervisor. You can also call 410-396-2300, Internal Investigations.