Days into 2017, as Baltimore's historic spike in homicides stretched into a third calendar year, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced the latest approach to violence.
They would reassign 100 officers from mostly administrative posts to join street patrols.
They did not say where they would find the officers. But according to transfer documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun, nearly half were members of the Police Department's Community Collaboration Division — the unit that was expanded after the riots of 2015 to rebuild relations with the community.
The reassignments slashed the unit by more than 80 percent.