BPD will begin hiring civilian investigators later this year, officials say – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Beginning this year, the Baltimore Police Department will begin hiring civilian investigators to supplement its ranks of sworn officers, Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Brandon Scott said.

In fiscal year 2023, which begins in July this year, the department plans to hire 35 investigative specialists. It is planned to hire an additional 135 employees between fiscal year 2024 and fiscal year 2026.

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Civilian investigators investigate unsolved cases, low-level crimes, internal affairs cases, background investigations, and perform other intelligence-gathering acts.

In addition, the department is looking for the following positions:

  • crime scene technician
  • executive secretaries
  • fleet support
  • Recruitment/Human Resources
  • Academy Instructor
  • IT specialists and support
  • Tax Services
  • criminal analysis
  • public relation
  • records management
  • 911 dispatchers

Civilizing certain positions allows the department to send back more sworn officers to patrol and address staffing shortages, Harrison said.

“Well, I think it helps us with two things. It helps us with speed, it helps us with frequency,” he said. “We can reach cases faster and handle more cases at once by adding this capacity.”

However, the commissioner stressed that the hirings did not come at the expense of the BPD’s efforts to hire sworn officers.

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“This is an improvement, it’s not a cut,” he said.

Last October, the Baltimore Police Department and the union that represents sworn officers agreed on a new three-year contract that increases the starting salary for new recruits by 10% to $60,146 starting in July.

The agreement also included blanket salary increases, a “patrol incentive” for officers who work on patrol for an entire fiscal year, additional pay for night and evening shifts, and training bonuses.

Scott said the new civilian posts will help the city’s fight against violent crime.

“We know that every time you can take your report faster, every time you can send another sworn officer out on the street, that has an impact,” he said.

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Salaries start at $49,000 and the agency will start accepting applications in the summer, officials said. BPD will begin hiring civilian investigators later this year, officials say – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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