BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was a guest on 98 Rock Tuesday morning and discussed the city’s spike in violence, among other things.

Rawlings-Blake discussed how she’s focused on reducing crime throughout the city and how the Baltimore Police Department’s collaboration with the feds could help.

She also discussed Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to shut down the Baltimore City Detention Center.

At one point during the interview, the mayor was asked, “Does it bother you that so many don’t have confidence in you?”

The mayor responded:

“I know every single day, I work — from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed — I work very hard to make our city better,” she said. “I know we’ve seen a lot of progress whether it’s from the first recreation centers that have been built in 10 years, to the recreation capitol plan that’s going to invest over $130 million in new recreation centers in our city; whether it’s working hard to get over a billion dollars in new school construction so we can improve the quality of our facilities and support education in our city.”

“You know there’s so many positive things going on and I think a lot of people like to harp on the negative,” Rawlings-Blake continues, “but I understand the global picture — Baltimore is in a tough time right now when it comes to crime. We’re focused on it; we’re working on it everyday looking for new resources to bring to that fight and we’re going to continue to do that. But I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to resign. That’s not what Baltimoreans do. When times get tough we hunker down and get busy and that’s what I’m doing.”

Clip via WJZ media partner The Baltimore Sun.

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