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January 25, 2018

Crimes and Murders Still Popular

Harry M. Covert

It’s no laughing matter, but Baltimore’s latest police commissioner has been sacked. The reason was a bit surprising. He didn’t reduce violent crimes, which last year included 343 murders. The per capita record for Charm City.


In my experience around law enforcement and criminal courts of many years, no police chief or any other of similar title, has ever been able to halt shootings, stabbings, garrotings, or any other forms of crime.


Even sheriffs, jailers, wardens, and other forms of correctional types, are unable to halt crimes. This is not a shallow thought.


Once crimes are discovered, perpetrators more often than not are arrested and in some form of penal facility — locked up, punished.


Most everybody reads detective stories and watches the cops and robbers shows and movies. The fictional tales are entertaining, but in real everyday life, crimes against friends and neighbors and other people goes on while awarding-winning crime shows grow with more creative ways for murder and maim.


They say everything rises and falls on leadership. But one woman or man with side arms, Tasers, brass knuckles and other weapons is dumbstruck to thwarting vicious killings. Blackjacks, nightsticks and thumb cuffs are tools of the trade, but no longer allowed to handle law breakers.


It makes little or no sense to expect esteemed academic people to halt the high crime rate. It is philosophical to espouse theories that don’t accomplish effective policing. Talk is rather expensive from the talkers and theoreticians.


Most certainly modern police work has improved considerably, and that’s wondrous. Police administrators have difficult responsibilities. Too often leaders who’ve never faced a violent experiment — gun to the head, knife to the throat or mob attack — are more than willing to carelessly blame those dedicated to fighting crime.


The outgoing Baltimore commissioner was no rookie. His contract will be paid until 2020. He deserves no less. His career up to now has been distinguished.


Cities across the nation, small, large and metropolises are hard at work all day and every day. Crime fighting is an impossible task.


The politicians can easily and quickly fire their police leaders. The one big question, or subject, they can’t answer, or explain, is who can predict why an individual kills and robs. or when it’s going to happen?


Factors are everywhere in what becomes a crime world. Jails in all forms are loaded with women, men, girls and boys. And it’s not going to change in this lifetime – or the next. That’s not cynicism or meanness.


It’s heartbreaking to see, hear and read about crime in all its forms. Until mommas and daddies and teachers and preachers get to work, the bad will continue to overwhelm all that’s good.


I recall a time at a funeral when the officiant wore an ankle holster. He explained, there were lots of criminals in the funeral home. “They were all armed. If a gun fight erupted, I was ready.”


It’s nice police agencies have good public events like coffee with cops, or deliver school supplies, and help meals on wheels delivery. The hard job is being alert and watch out for the unexpected — that shot in the dark.


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