The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) announces its plan to bring the department into 21st Century policing by redrawing the geographic boundaries of its nine police districts.
Redistricting will Enable the BPD to:
- Efficiently manage law enforcement resources
- Provide the appropriate resources to the districts
- Respond to crime faster and more efficiently
- Create a better balance between calls for service and geographic areas
- Maintain a constant presence in high-crime areas
- Increase patrols and interactions with neighborhood organizations
- Save money
The BPD has instituted a public input process concerning the new maps. Using data related to calls for service, crime trends, high violence areas and population changes, we will determine the new boundaries and reallocate resources and personnel. Submissions for the initial survey are now closed. Please watch for another survey coming soon.
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The Baltimore Police Department is divided into nine districts.
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What is redistricting?
Redistricting involves redrawing the geographic boundaries of the Baltimore Police Department’s 9 Police Districts as required by law. It also involves the reallocation of the resources and personnel of the BPD among the districts based on census population and housing data.
How often does redistricting take place?
According to a law enacted in 2019, the district boundaries must be redrawn every 10 years in conjunction with the U.S. Census.
When will these maps be redrawn?
According to the law, the BPD has one year from the release of the Census data to fulfill the requirement.
What are the advantages of redistricting?
Redistricting allows for balanced allocation of personnel and resources. This makes the Department more efficient and better reflects the city’s changing population and law enforcement needs. It allows us to keep neighborhoods together, better address crimes according to geographies and focus on community interaction. It will also allow officers to respond to calls faster.
How are new boundaries decided?
District boundaries are re-evaluated based on public input, data about calls for service, crime trends, violence and population changes.
How many Districts will there be in the new plan?
While it is too early to finalize that decision without sufficient public input, BPD intends to develop a map that maintains 9 police districts. These would include the Central, Eastern, Western, Northern, Northeastern, Northwestern, Southern, Southeastern and Southwestern Districts.
Does my District Station have to be located in the center of the district?
No. The stations just need to be located within the boundaries.
Will redistricting increase the number of officers on patrol in my neighborhood?
Will one District have a heavier workload than another?
No. Redistricting creates a balanced workload and ensures that officers in one district have the same level of responsibilities as any other district.