Baltimore City Police have a new tool to fight crime.
But as Mary Bubala reports, it’s not what you typically think of—it’s better fitness for Baltimore’s finest.
Keeping physically fit is an essential component of effective policing. On Monday, Baltimore City officially dedicated a new gym at its public safety training facility in Northwest Baltimore.
The police commissioner, fire chief and mayor unveiled a special plaque recognizing the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg gym.
“We were able to cobble together some used equipment prior to this donation, and now they have state-of-the-art equipment in a beautiful facility,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Several hundred police officers and fire cadets will train in the new gym. They will focus on physical fitness—specialized martial arts training all to prepare them for threats they face everyday.
“A building can’t just be about just lifting weights or getting on the treadmill, they have to be inculcated with this incredible sense of service,” said Fred Bealefeld police commissioner. “When they see the community coming in and other people stepping in to support them, I think it starts them right from the beginning of the career to say, ‘I am not alone in this business.'”
Along with the donation from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, several local businesses including Home Depot donated equipment and services.