"Police Commissioner Ed Norris didn't want to be a cop, and many Baltimoreans sure didn't want him to be a cop here. One year after his tumultuous promotion, why is Norris still fighting to lower one of America's highest murder rates." Baltimore Magazine takes a look at Police Commissioner Ed Norris, who became the Baltimore Police Department's "Top Cop" in 2000 after being brought to the city as deputy commissioner from New York City. In New York, Norris, the son of veteran from the NYC Police Department, quickly rose from the ranks of captain to deputy commissioner when the city began to lower its crime rate in 1995. But when Norris decided to go to Baltimore he was met by resistance from community groups as well as some elected officials, who were concerned he was bringing a "New York" style of policing to Baltimore. Now Norris has managed to quiet most of his skeptics and is focusing on lowering the city's high murder rate.
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