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News Release Dec 27 2012

News Release Dec 27 2012

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B
ALTIMORE
P
OLICE
D
EPARTMENT
 
OFFICE OF THE POLICE COMMISSIONER
 
PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION
 
Anthony W. BattsPOLICE COMMISSIONERAnthony J. GuglielmiDIRECTOR
Baltimore Police Announce Command Staff Changes
Baltimore, MD (December 27, 2012): Communities across the City of Baltimore are getting newpolice leadership. The announcement comes as Police Commissioner Anthony Batts begins toimplement strategic changes to help ensure the department has a strong foundation in place tostart 2013 with a distinct plan to attack crime and disorder.
Maximizing our most valuable resource
 – 
our employees
 – 
and ensuring we have the bestleadership teams in place to take on the challenges we face in 2013 is the impetus behind thesemoves,
says Batts.
We are putting the people and systems in place to help improve our crimefight and that includes better management of our resources, community engagement, and acontinued and targeted focus on guns and gangs
 – 
that small group of criminals who wreak havocon our communities.
 The changes include the addition of a Community Policing Division led by newly promoted Lt.Colonel Melvin Russell, a mainstay commander who successfully drove down crime in the EasternDivision through the implementation of a strong community policing strategy. Commissioner Battsintends to take this best practice across the city.A new Special Enforcement tangent of Patrol, led by Lt. Colonel Ross Buzzuro and assisted byMajor Clifton McWhite, formerly of Western District, will focus on special operations and zoneenforcement teams that will concentrate on gangs and guns and bring stability to neighborhoodsthat are experiencing higher crime rates. Garnell Green, most recently in charge of Homicides inthe Criminal Investigations Division (CID), has been promoted to Colonel and will command thePatrol Division, while Major Darryl De Sousa is promoted to Lt. Colonel to oversee the Area 1Command. Area 2 Command remains under the auspices of Lt. Colonel Robert Booker.Colonel Dean Palmere, who most recently led Patrol, will take the reins of CID, taking over fromthe retiring Colonel Jesse Oden. Deputy Commissioner John Skinner remains in charge of overallOperations.There will be four new faces added to district commands with the promotion of Lieutenants KimBurris, Osborne
Moe
Robinson, Deron Garrity and Erik Pecha to the rank of Captain and second-in-command of districts. Captains Melissa Hyatt, Keith Matthews, and Robert Smith are all beingpromoted to Major to take command of Central, Eastern and Western Districts respectively.
We have full confidence in the abilities of those we have promoted and those moving to newchallenges. We encourage our communities to welcome their leadership teams and continue tosupport the face of public safety in their neighborhoods.
 The changes are the beginning of a number of coordinated and strategic efforts to improvepolicing through a strategic crime focus, improved intelligence gathering and sharing, and arenewed commitment to proactive policing and community engagement.
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PROMOTIONS
Colonel Garnell Green
Garnell Green of the Criminal Investigation Division is promoted to Colonel of thePatrol Division. Colonel Green recently served as the Homicide Sectioncommander and previously served as an Area Commander for the Patrol Division.Colonel Green joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1989 and has beenawarded two Unit Citations and one Division Chief 
s Award during his career.
Lieutenant Colonel Darryl DeSousa
Darryl DeSousa of the Northeastern District is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel inthe Patrol Division. Lt. Colonel DeSousa will oversee the Area 1 Commandincluding the Southeastern, Eastern, Northern, and Northeastern Districts. Lt.Colonel DeSousa has been assigned to the Northeastern District since 2008. Lt.Colonel DeSousa joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1988 and has beenawarded the Bronze Star and two Unit Citations during his career.
Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell
Melvin Russell of the Eastern District is promoted to the rank of LieutenantColonel of the new Community Policing Division. Lt. Colonel Russell had beenassigned to the Eastern District since 2008. While commanding the EasternDistrict, Lt. Colonel Russell successfully reduced crime through theimplementation of a strong community policing strategy. Lt. Colonel Russell joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1979 and has been awarded sevenofficial commendations including three Unit Citations and a Bronze Star.
Major Melissa Hyatt
 Melissa Hyatt of the Southeastern District is promoted to Major of the CentralDistrict. Major Hyatt has previously served in various tactical assignments,including SWAT, and the Tri-District Initiative, which focused on reducing violentcrime in the Southwest section of the city. Major Hyatt joined the BaltimorePolice Department in 1997 and has been awarded four official commendationsincluding one Unit Citation and the Bronze Star of Valor during her career.
Major Dan Lioi
 Dan Lioi of the Criminal Investigation Division is promoted to Major of theIntelligence Section. Major Lioi was recently the commander the DistrictDetective Unit. Prior to that, Major Lioi served in various investigative unitsthroughout the city. Major Lioi joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1994and has been awarded three official commendations including one Unit Citationduring his career.

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