The City must take a holistic approach to public safety. This means providing education, recreation, and job-training, and job opportunities to all Baltimoreans. It is with that in mind that I proposed my Local Hiring initiative, the Children and Youth Fund, and why I have worked to increase access to these important resources. It also means rebuilding the trust between the community and the police department, which means increasing transparency and accountability. That is why, in 2015, I introduced legislation requiring all Baltimore Police Officers to wear body cameras. Also in 2015, I was the first city-wide elected official to request a full-blown Department of Justice civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.
We must all continue to work together to improve the relationship between the police department and the community they serve. In order to rebuild this relationship, our police officers must get out of their patrol cars and walk the beat, talking with and getting to know the citizens they serve. Complete implementation of the body camera program will be a major step in the right direction. I will hold the police department accountable, so that they allow the program to have the impact it should. It will also be crucial to take full advantage of the DOJ investigation, using it as an opportunity to learn and improve, leaving the Baltimore Police Department stronger and more responsive to the needs of our City. I will work with the police department and members of the community to implement each of these reforms, which together will help to rebuild trust between the police and the community.