Innovation+Change

:

Preventing Crime, Engaging our Community

Crime Reduction: Time for Change

B

altimore is a city suffering from a serious crime problem. If we do not act now, we will continue to experience declining neighborhoods, lack of jobs and investments.

In talking with police, community leaders, neighbors, faith leaders, school officials, business and philanthropic leaders and stakeholders it is clear that our crime reduction strategy must take several approaches if we are going to turn the tide and make Baltimore a safer, cleaner and healthier city. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will pursue a smart, targeted, and multifaceted strategy to prevent and control crime. From raising the trust and confidence our neighbors have in the police department to engaging our youth and giving them opportunities to succeed, Catherine Pugh's plan gives law enforcement the resources and support they need, and provides our youth with a pathway to success.

In one week in Baltimore, we see:

Murders
Robberies
Aggravated Assaults

5
64
106
544

Overhauling our Police Department

O

ur strategy begins with creating a strong, effective, and efficient Police Department.

Too many of our neighbors simply don't trust the Police Department. Far too many instead fear law enforcement. The many sworn police officers who serve the citizens valiantly everyday are tainted by those who choose to break the code of ethics they were sworn to follow. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will overhaul the Police Department, rooting out the sources of corruption and making sure that the thin blue line has the public's trust.

Property Crimes
FBI Preliminary Uniform Crime Report January 2010 - December 2010

Reforming the Police Department: Catherine Pugh's Plan
This must be done to ensure that the crime data reported is accurate. Conduct annual audits of these statistics. at the Police Department. The Inspector General will ensure that the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct become the rule for law enforcement personnel, both on-duty and off. The Inspector General will have the authority to review, inspect, and monitor every aspect and every member of the Baltimore Police Department. to the Police Department by: • Encouraging professional training, accreditations, and continuing education. • Reviewing and strengthening the requirements to join the police force. • Re-establishing a tuition assistance program, similar to that used in Baltimore County. • Setting educational attainment requirements for Police Department command staff. • Demanding accountability, regardless of rank, for performance and conduct.

• Immediately audit citywide crime statistics. • Create an Office of the Inspector General

• Return a sense of pride and professionalism

Stakeholders include: police officials, fire officials, educators, community representatives, and representatives from other city departments, such as parks and transportation. The Office of Public Safety will make sure that we evaluate our crime prevention needs based on community needs.

• Create an Office of Public Safety to connect the community to crime prevention strategies.

Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe With Police on the Beat
rime prevention is a community effort. Catherine Pugh understands that; she knows that every person in Baltimore has a vested interest - and a role to play - in keeping our city safe. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will build on the successes of community policing by enhancing the programs we already have and starting new community policing initiatives. It's our community, and we all have a part to play in taking it back. Baltimore's Citizens on Patrol program is a good start, but we need to do more. Southwest Baltimore's Citizens on Patrol Without Borders is a good model that assists communities in implementing community policing in a wider range of neighborhoods, for the benefit of the entire area. In addition to expanding the Citizens on Patrol program, Catherine Pugh will also work with neighborhood and community groups to establish foot patrols on the neighborhood level which interact with law enforcement, neighbors, local businesses, and other programs.

C

Connecting Cops to the Community

I

n order to help clear up the tensions The Citizens Police Academy between citizens and the Police Department, we also need to open more would help citizens learn about lines of communication and cooperation. the goals, strategy, structure, As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will work to and procedures of the Police connect the Police Department and the Department. community through a Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy would help citizens learn about the goals, strategy, structure, and procedures of the Police Department. It would also incorporate the "Choices and Consequences" program developed by engineer and community activist Sonnie Jones in the Northeastern District, which sensitizes the community and law enforcement to each others' actions and the consequences of them.

Focusing on Youth: Income Opportunities

T

he best crime prevention strategies stop crimes even before they are committed. In fact, Baltimore can do much more to prevent crime than we are, especially by intervening and providing our youth with positive, success-building opportunities, to put them on the right path early. Part of the solution is to provide a pathway to work and financial opportunity. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will convene the philanthropic, business, faith, and educational communities to jumpstart an effort to hire young people and teach them valuable job and career skills. The program, called "Distributive Education" is based on a similar program in Philadelphia, in which Catherine herself participated. In today's Baltimore, we have young people who need to work. Many have parents who are hooked on drugs or alcohol. Some of our youth are supporting their families. Still others have no family support at all, and some are homeless. Distributive Education would give those young people a chance to attend school half a day and work a half day. "The program operates as an internship program, giving young people valuable work skills while also earning a stipend.

Focusing on Youth: Safe Places to Learn and Play

P

erhaps the single most important thing we can to prevent crime starts before a crime is committed, or even thought of. It starts even before a person becomes a criminal. We need to give our youth, especially those in homes where their parent or parents work into the evening hours, a safe place to go away from the streets and temptation of drugs, violence and gang activity.

While Baltimore has community centers, what we lack is a network of mutually supporting centers...

Baltimore already has some community centers, but we need more. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will work with individuals and organizations across the city to expand our network centers and keep them open year-round, including into the evening and on weekends. While Baltimore has community centers, what we lack is a network of mutually supporting centers of varying size, providing a variety of ways for our youth to learn, have fun, and stay

out of trouble. Under Catherine Pugh's plan, Baltimore's network of community centers would offer homework assistance, recreational activities, opportunities in arts and music, and internet access. But most importantly, they will offer a safe and fun place for our young people to be when not in school.

It will take a commitment from the community the private sector must help underwrite the costs of expansion as an investment in Baltimore's future. Individual volunteers and non-profit organizations must lend a hand in providing volunteers and staff to keep new and existing community centers open. Finally, educators and administrators must also help out by making sure that community centers have the tools and resources to help youth with homework and learning outside the classroom. These centers can also connect with our colleges and universities, with educational institutions adopting the centers and giving credit to their students for interning and providing mentorship and assistance for our young people

Under Catherine Pugh's plan, Baltimore's network of community centers would offer homework assistance, recreational activities, opportunities in arts and music, and internet access. But most importantly, they will offer a safe and fun place for our young people to be when not in school.

Operation Disarm Our Youth
e are losing an entire generation of Baltimore youth to gun violence. Young people killing young people and young people killing law abiding citizens can no longer be ignored. We have to disarm the youth of Baltimore and make communities safe once again. Each day brings another tragic story of youth violence. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will implement “Operation Disarm Our Youth.” Operation Disarm our Youth is a very simple plan and an effective tool in decreasing violence and bringing desperately needed community based service to our young people before another tragedy occurs. Under “Operation Disarm our Youth,” parents, faith based leaders, community leaders, child advocates, social services, Department of Juvenile

W

Services employees or other concerned citizens may report to the Baltimore City Police the belief that a juvenile may possess a firearm. The Baltimore City Police, working in conjunction with the State’s Attorney’s office and the Department of Juvenile Services, would visit the juvenile’s home and ask the parent’s to consent to a search of the home. If permitted, the parents would enter into a written agreement that would provide that no prosecution would occur as result of the search. If the search reveals a weapon it would be confiscated and the juvenile and parents would be provided community based wraparound services through the “Baltimore 300” program. Working in collaborative fashion with parents, the Baltimore City Police Department, State’s Attorney’s Office, Department of Juvenile Services, and other community leaders, "Operation Disarm our Youth," will reduce the number of Baltimore youths possessing firearms and will reduce youth violence. We can no longer accept youth violence as acceptable. We must focus on saving the youth of Baltimore. When we do, communities will rebuild and the lives of every Baltimorean will improve.

Baltimore 300
s mayor, Catherine Pugh will implement “Baltimore 300.” Baltimore 300 will use statistical data provided by the Department of Juvenile Services and the Baltimore City Schools to identify the 300 youths most likely to be involved in a shooting, either as the shooter or as a victim. Baltimore 300 will provide intensive wraparound community based services to our youth to ensure they don’t become a victim or an offender and bring about meaningful changes in their lives.

A

We need to build communities, not new youth prisons.

Baltimore 300 will be a collaborative effort with faith based leaders, community leaders, Baltimore City Schools, the Department of Juvenile Services, the State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Baltimore City Police Department. Working together, we will craft an intensive program that provides support to the juvenile and the parents. The program will provide a community based mentor to the family. The mentor will provide services directly to the family and coordinate services from other agencies. The juvenile’s success will be carefully monitored and evaluated to determine additional needs. As those needs are identified, the mentor will coordinate the additional services and continue work with the family until the juvenile is no longer endangered. We must not turn our backs on the youth of Baltimore and accept that jailing juveniles is the answer. We need to build communities, not new youth prisons. Baltimore 300 will not only benefit the families, but will benefit all of Baltimore by making communities safer and more desirable to new residents.

Building Bridges Between Youth and Law Enforcement

J

ust as we need to re-open lines of communication between law enforcement and the community, we also need to build bridges of communication and trust between our young people and the law enforcement community. Today, there is too much distrust on both sides. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will work to build those bridges and create an atmosphere of trust and cooperation between youth and the law. She will expand the cadet program in our high schools and work with the police department, and the federal and state governments to create a seamless stream from high school to scholarships to attend local colleges to pursue a career in public safety.

Early Intervention for Youth

O

ur best chance to keep a first-time young criminal from becoming a career criminal is to intervene early and get him or her back on the right track.

As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will create a Youth Crime unit in the investigations section of each police district. She will also establish Juvenile Resource officers in each district. Together, the Youth Crime and Juvenile Resource officers will work with school police to identify and address problems before they become violent crimes. Beyond that, Catherine Pugh will create a "Second Chance" program for first-time youth offenders to help them understand the consequences of their actions, and to intervene with individual counseling and group programs as necessary.

Environment and Infrastructure
ake no mistake, the state of our neighborhoods and streets makes a big difference in our crime rate. Catherine Pugh understands that, and as Mayor, she will work to create a neighborhood master plan that addresses not only environmental and quality-of-life issues, but also issues of public safety, in consultation with law enforcement and fire personnel. Beyond creating a new generation of homeowners to fill the tens of thousands of vacant lots and houses scattered all over the city, perhaps the biggest change we can make to our neighborhoods to prevent and deter crime is in our lighting. As Mayor, Catherine Pugh will "Light Up Baltimore," with better street lights so that our neighbors feel safer walking home and to church, the store, the library, and bus stops. We will also implement the BUT Program (Bust Up Trash Program) - where we will provide trash cans at every bus stop and a system to empty them.

M

About Catherine Pugh
atherine Pugh is a successful businesswoman, an effective legislator, and longstanding community leader. From a young age, Catherine possessed a strong work ethic and a passion for community service. One of seven children, born in Norristown Pennsylvania, she came to Baltimore where she grew into adulthood as a student at Morgan State University. A small business owner, Catherine is the President and CEO of C.E. Pugh & Company, a public relations consulting firm. Catherine’s career in public service began in 1999 when she was elected to the Baltimore City Council where she served until 2004. Representing Baltimore’s 4th City Council District, she held positions on key committees including Chair of the Taxation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Vice-Chair of the Land Use & Planning Committee and member of the Urban Affairs Committee. As a city councilmember, Catherine founded the Fish Out of Water project that raised $1 million to wire the classrooms and provide instruments for young people. She was also the founder of the Baltimore Marathon that now has a nearly $30 million dollar impact on the city and raises money for adult literacy. Currently, Catherine is serving her second term in the Maryland State Senate. Passing more than 77 pieces of legislation in only seven years, Catherine has worked tirelessly to put forward thoughtful policy solutions that result in a better quality of life for Baltimore. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Majority Leader, and chairs the Democratic Caucus for the State Senate. She is the founder of the Baltimore Design School, a new public middle-high school that will open in Fall 2011, focusing on fashion design, architecture and graphic design. This school presents a huge opportunity for young students to discover and develop skills that will lead to good paying jobs and fulfilling careers in Baltimore, with local businesses and companies. Working to develop an extensive plan to prevent and treat drug and alcohol abuse, she has been an active member of the Maryland State Drug & Alcohol Abuse Council.

C

Learn more at www.CatherinePugh.com

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful