The Police Commissioner
By Public Affairs Office
Tuesday, September 25, 2012; 12:00 am
Anthony W. Batts was appointed Police Commissioner of the City of Baltimore, Maryland in September of 2012 and commands the eighth largest police agency in the United States. With over three decades of law enforcement experience, Batts previously served as Chief of Police for two of California’s largest police agencies. During his tenure, he has presided over major reductions in crime and violence. He is credited with reforming the City of Oakland’s police agency to focus on data-driven policing. In Long Beach, California, he established an Office of Community Policing and reduced excessive force complaints, while simultaneously reducing crime, including reducing homicides by 37% from 2002 to 2007.
Batts began his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a police officer working street patrol and narcotics cases for the Long Beach Police Department. From 1982 to 2002, Batts worked his way up the ranks in the department, holding various command positions, including deputy chief of investigations from 1999-2001, commander of South Patrol Division 1997-1998, commander of Field Support Division from 1995-1997, commander of Community Relations Division from 1992-1995, and commander of East Patrol Division from 1991-1992. In October 2002, he became chief of police, overseeing more than 1,600 employees and a $172 million budget. From July to October 2007, Batts was briefly entrusted to serve as city manager for Long Beach, overseeing twelve city agencies during a transitional period. He then resumed command of the department from October 2007 to October 2009.
Batts was then recruited to serve as chief of police for the Oakland Police Department from October 2009 to November 2011, where he developed a long-range strategic plan for the agency, while overseeing a $170 million budget and improving community outreach.
Batts holds a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne (1998), a master’s in business management from the University of Redlands (1988), and a bachelor’s in law enforcement administration from California State University, Long Beach (1986). Batts has also served as a professor for California State University, Long Beach.
Batts has received numerous awards, citations, and honors from community and business groups, educational and charitable organizations, governments, and national police organizations. His honors include the Governor’s Award for the most effective crime fighting program in California (1991), the NAACP Community Service Award (2006), and the Long Beach Police Department Meritorious Award for Heroism (1992). Batts has also participated in countless training programs, including Harvard’s Executive Session on Policing (2007), the FBI National Executive Institute (2004), and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Executive Training (1998).
Batts is the father of three children, is an avid biker, and enjoys jazz concerts and sporting events.
Updated: 07/22/13; 2:47 pm