Southeast police hold open house

Written by on March 6, 2013 in Featured, Neighborhood News - 1 Comment

Residents chatted with officers, went on ride-alongs, and had a cookout at last Friday’s open house at the Southeast District. Pictured here, left to right, is Major William Davis, Officer Kimberly Tonsch, Canton resident Zippy Larson, Officer Jessica Bratko, and Sergeant Ettice Brickus. Larson recently starred in a Maryland Lottery commercial, thanking Ravens star Ray Lewis. Photo by Erik Zygmont

Last Friday, the Baltimore Police Department’s Southeast District held an open house, with a cookout, presentations, and ride-alongs available to community members.

The Baltimore Guide arrived a little late to the show, but got an impromptu interview with Major William Davis, commander of the Southeast District.

What’s new at the Southeast District?
Well, we have a new captain, Captain Kim Burrus. Our former captain Melissa Hyatt is a major now, commanding the Central District.

We’re getting more involved with our faith-based members. It’s a city-wide initiative. Last Tuesday [Feb. 26] there were about a dozen pastors and priests here.

Larcenies from auto are down! I don’t know the exact number, but we are significantly down. Last year, we were down 500 from the previous year. It’s continuously dropping. I think the key piece of that is people are getting the message to not leave anything in their cars.

Why were there a bunch of guys from Home Depot here last week?
They sent people from all their stores in Maryland. They built those new picnic benches out front and did a lot of painting, and also some concrete work in the cell block area.

We’re moving our entire detective unit in there, with interview rooms. There will be better rooms, more secure, and also a conference room. We’ll probably put a break room in there as well.

We’re also in the process of building our gym. We’re going to have a pretty decent sized fitness room down there with treadmills, bikes, some weights. There’ll also be a grappling area to teach self-defense tactics. It’s going to be like nothing else in the city, and it’s all through private donations through the Southeastern District Police Community Relations Council.

What is the craziest thing that ever happened during a ride-along?
Nothing! And that’s a good thing. With the ride-alongs, a lot of people get to see what we really do. Most of the time, it’s boring, but that’s good. I like it when it’s boring.

by Erik Zygmont

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