BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced new developments in restructuring the Baltimore Police Department on Monday.

The department will now be divided into four bureaus, he said. Administration, operations, and two newly-formed bureaus of compliance and public integrity.

Each of the bureaus will be led by a deputy commissioner, a release from the department said Monday.

The new organizational structure will go into effect on April 24.

Another change includes an effort to streamline the chain of command. They said they will reduce its total number of colonels to two and lieutenant colonels to four.

“These moves are an important first step towards making the Baltimore Police Department a more efficient, effective and responsive organization. We simply had too many people in high-ranking positions without an appropriate span of control to justify their rank,” said Commissioner Harrison. “Moving forward, I will continue to evaluate BPD’s structure and capacity. More changes will be necessary, but we have begun building an effective structure for the Department and putting the right people in the right places,”

Commissioner Harrison also announced he promoted Jim Gillis to Deputy Commissioner of Administration. Gillis previously worked as BPD’s chief of staff and before that, director of government affairs.

Additionally, Eric Melancon, who was named BPD’s Chief of Staff, begins work today, and Deputy Commissioner Danny Murphy, who will lead the newly-created Compliance Bureau, began work last week. Both previously worked for the New Orleans Police Department.

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Comments (2)
  1. Tickedoff Person says:

    You no good S.O.B. You are a genuine IDIOT. You just created a dynasty not a police force. I knew it when you brought in family or friends. Who is footing the bill for these new super hero white hat’s? Your boy’s are going to be beyond approach just from the structure you created.Not one of them will be chasing the bad guys. The new untouchables. Watch the exodus now from the rank and file…………Just another MAGIC WAND DEPARTMENT. Nothing changed just different faces pulling at our wallet

  2. Yeah I guess next he will be hiring his aunt and uncles, can you imagine what the salary’s are, they are being closed lipped about that, they need to disclose that! They are bragging on their NEW transparency policies so let’s here it, what these new changes costing city taxpayers???