Crime Plan

Mayor Sheila Dixon is bringing people together to make our city safer. She is working to get the guns and violent criminals off our streets. She is fighting crime block by block in partnership with each neighborhood and local business. And, she's retaining our best police officers and recruiting hundreds of new ones.

Her crime plan consists of three main components.

  1. Targeted Enforcement. Through targeted enforcement, we must go after our city's most violent offenders. The most violent crimes are being committed by the same small group of people with illegal guns. Our targeted enforcement strategy focuses on four elements:
    1. Focus resources on violent crime and violent offenders.
    2. Go after guns.
    3. Effectively manage existing resources
      • Firearms Bureau - eliminating 6 month ballistic test backlog
      • Control overtime spending without compromising safety and investigations
  2. Community Engagement. Community engagement is crucial - we must have more communication between community groups and our police. When neighbors stay vigilant - and police are out of their cars walking through neighborhoods – together we can prevent crime. Adopt-a-Block programs and increased partnerships are critical to preventing violent crime. Our community engagement strategy focuses on implementing the following elements:
    1. Operation Protect
      • Law Enforcement + City Services + Community Projects
    2. Adopt-a-Block
    3. BPD Youth Services Division
    4. Operation Crime Watch (organize Citizens on Patrol (COP) and neighborhood watch)
    5. Foot Patrols
    6. Emergency Crime Meetings at City Hall
    7. Stop Sinning Campaign
  3. Building Strong Partnerships. Finally, federal and state law enforcement are working together with our city police to share information and collaborate to stop illegal guns and disperse gang activity. Building strong partnerships encompasses the following elements:
    1. Baltimore EXILE -- ups the ante for gun crimes by taking cases through Federal court system.
    2. Gang Strategy
      • Operation Safe Streets & anti-gang grants to non-government groups
      • Multi-jurisdictional gang intel briefings
      • Alternatives for those who want to get out of the game
      • Strong joint suppression and prosecution of gang violence
    3. Gun Strategy
      • Gun Task Force - target enforcement and suppress gun trafficking
      • Gun Stat - multi-agency effort to ensure accountability and develop data to inform gun seizure agenda
      • Legislation that will deter gun crime
      • Emphasis on "CSI" (ballistics, trace data, shell casing, etc.)


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  2. Greetings Ms. Dixon:

    Thank you your response. I have attached a draft presentation below concerning what I wish to speak about. Please see to get further information concerning my efforts. I was verbally told that it may be possible to have the "30 seconds" TV Pubic Service Announcement available to show during the presentation (the producer of the PSA will show it). The overall presentation should take no longer than 7-10 minutes. I will talk fast.

    Just recently, I was asked by Prof. Johns-Hackett and Prof. Mariano (Baltimore City Community College) to give a presentation on maat...sometime this month. I am looking forward to sharing my research. Again thank you.

    Ata Omom
    240 444 3465

    Maryland Minority Contractors Association, Inc.

    I come before you as a holistic healer, social researcher and community activist. Through my research I better understand the nature of today’s social, economic, and environmental problems. All of these areas are of importance to small and big businesses—in one way or another.

    From my research what I understand better is that the condition of the world today is due to lack of spirituality and morals (ethics). While this seems very obvious; it is at the same time a very profound point—and I need your undivided attention to this very important matter.

    The dawning of an “Era of Economic Prosperity for African Americans” is tied to changing our negative economic policy from one of elitism, classism, racism and greed that continues to contribute to corporate corruption, climate change, environmental pollution, unemployment, youth incarceration, crime/violence, diseases, broken homes, etc.—to an economic policy of cooperation, fairness, and respect for the spirit in man and nature. In our rapidly changing world, such an economic policy would have universal appeal.

    The United Nations’ report entitled, “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013” states international policy challenges include the need to lessen the negative policy spillover across countries and a need to promote cooperation in reforming the international financial system (p.14).

    Increasingly, we understand that economic exploitation of people and Mother Nature must end. Increasingly, we will interface with the cultural values of Indigenous People in commerce. Underlying their cultural traditions is spirituality and high ethics.

    As there has been an increased value in spirituality and ethics, for nearly a decade I have been actively promoting awareness of a highly respected spiritual and ethical concept called ‘maat’. Maat means truth, justice, righteousness, order, balance, reciprocity and peace. Maat has been used as a policy in government and human affairs for nearly 4,000 years—efficiently and effectively. As a social researcher it is my professional responsibility to advise individuals such as educators, legislators, and business owners about the implications of my research findings on social issues (i.e., I have sent letters to all 188-members of Maryland General Assembly regarding the need for a National Maat Awareness Initiative).

    Because of maat’s well-documented effectiveness in government and human affairs it should be given consideration in our effort to address social, economic, and environmental problems.

    This means more people need to be educated able maat's potential to help address social, economic and environmental concerns. With that in mind—we need a National Maat Awareness Initiative.

    Therefore, I am working toward creating a 30-second Television Public Service Announcement (PSA) that can be aired on television. The purpose of the (PSA) is to promote awareness of maat’s role in government and human affairs and its’ potential to address today’s social, economic, and environmental concerns. The estimated cost to do the PSA is $3500. [end]

    Ata Omom