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The Western District is comprised of several historic neighborhoods such as Sandtown-Winchester, Penn-North and Druid Hill. The Western District is also home to Coppin State University, one of the nation's premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities, known for its nursing and teaching programs.
Part of this area is known for its jazz roots, producing famous artists such as Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Ethel Ennis and Rivers Chambers. In the 1950s, Pennsylvania Avenue, more commonly referred to as “The Avenue,” was the heart of Baltimore’s jazz scene. The Royal Theater, Club Tijuana and The Comedy Club were just a few of the popular jazz venues for both local and nationally known jazz artists.
Major Matt Corell
Major Matt Corell has been appointed as the District Commander of the Western District. Born and raised in Southwest Baltimore, he has been a member of the Baltimore Police Department for 26 years. He previously served as the Executive Officer of the Western District. Before being appointed to command, Major Corell served as a Patrol Lieutenant/Shift Commander in the Northeast District, a Patrol Sergeant in the Northwest District and Western District, Entry-Level Training Instructor at the Education and Training Section, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Police Commissioner. He earned his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Captain Michael A. Mercado
Captain Michael A. Mercado has been appointed as the Executive Officer of the Western District. Captain Mercado has served the Baltimore Police Department for 12 years. Before joining the department, he served as a Soldier in the U.S. Army for four years. His previous assignments include the Northeastern District, Eastern District and Northern District. He also served as the Northern District Investigative Commander overseeing the District Detective Unit and District Action Team. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). During his tenure, he received numerous recognitions and awards, including the United States Attorney's Certificate of Commendation and The Deputy Operations Commissioner's Commendatory Certificate.